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  • ‘Betting on Africa to Feed the World’ – AfDB president Adesina

    BOTSWANA, 2017/10/17 The president of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, will deliver the Norman Borlaug Lecture on Monday 16 October as part of the World Food Prize events taking place from October 16 to 20, 2017 in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. The Norman Borlaug Lecture under the title: “Betting on Africa to Feed the World”, will be held on World Food Day, October 16, in conjunction with the annual World Food Prize celebration.
  • Africa: How to Adapt to Beat Crippling Droughts

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/17 Right presently, 14 million people across southern Africa face going hungry due to the prolonged drought brought on by the strongest El Niño in 50 years. South Africa will import half of its maize and in Zimbabwe as a lot of as 75 % of crops have been abandoned in the worst-hit areas. With extreme weather, such as failed rains, and drought projected to become additional likely as a result of climate change, some farmers are by presently taking matters into their own hands, and pro-actively diversifying the crops they grow.
  • Congo-Kinshasa: New Study Reveals Economic Toll of Malnutrition in Democratic Republic of Congo

    CONGO KINSHASA, 2017/07/12 The social and economic costs of undernutrition are revealed in a new study released in Kinshasa today. The Cost of Hunger in Africa (COHA) study was undertaken by the government of DRC in collaboration with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the African Union Commission (AUC), the New Partnership for Africa's Improvment(NEPAD), and the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).
  • Africa And Middle East Famines: How China Can Do More

    CHINA, 2017/07/09 The unprecedented outbreak of famine early this year in Africa and the Middle East can be traced to conflict as the root cause. Can China step in to help mitigate the calamity through its Belt and Road initiative? Famine broke out in South Sudan in March 2017. At around the same time, the United Nations announced that Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen were as well on the verge of being hit by long draught, putting around 20 million at risk of starvation. The UN described this as an unprecedented humanitarian crisis and appealed to the international community to donate US$4.4 billion — with little success.
  • How to Produce More Food With Less Damage to Soil, Water, Forests

    WORLD, 2017/06/07 Massive agriculture intensification is contributing to increased deforestation, water scarcity, soil depletion and the level of greenhouse gas emission, the United Nations warns. To achieve sustainable development we must transform current agriculture and food systems, inclunding by supporting smallholders and family farmers, reducing pesticide and chemical use, and improving land conservation practices, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) director-general on May 30 said in Brussels addressing European lawmakers.
  • Africa: Factbox-World's Major Famines of the Last 100 Years

    BOTSWANA, 2017/03/12 People are currently starving to death in four nations, and 20 million lives are at risk in the next six months The U.N. children's agency UNICEF said on Tuesday nearly 1.4 million children were at "imminent risk" of death in famines in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. Famine was formally declared on Monday in parts of South Sudan, which has been mired in civil war since 2013. People are by presently starving to death in all four nations, and the World Food Programme says additional than 20 million lives are at risk in the next six months. The United Nations defines famine as at the same time as at least 20 % of households in an area face extreme food shortages, acute malnutrition rates exceed 30 %, and two or additional people per 10,000 are dying per day.
  • Africa: Agriculture Sector Players Commit to Increase Agriculture Finance

    AFRICA, 2016/08/06 practitioners in rural and agriculture finance have committed to increase finance in the sector as the international conference on best practices in rural and agriculture concludes in Kigali. Participants agreed approaching up with best ways for access to finance, increase production and cutting down the cost of production in agriculture. Closing the conference, Dr. Monique Nsanzabaganwa, Vice Governor of the Central Bank of Rwanda thanked participants for working hard to learn as much as possible. "Everyone should be eager to learn because everyone has something to do better than what they have been doing". She called on financial institutions to overcome fear of risk while financing the agriculture sector.
  • Cameroon: Cocoa Marketing - Producers Urged to Join Cooperatives

    CAMEROON, 2016/08/06 Cocoa prices rose to FCFA 1,650 per kilogramme this year for a total production of 269,497,766 tons. Trade Minister, Luc Magloire Mbarga Atangana, has called on farmers and their cooperative unions to constantly improve on the quality of their cocoa produce and keep watch over fraudulent buyers of particularly illegal cross-border buyers from neighbouring nations that underpay their produce and make fortune out of their sweat.
  • Done Sensibly, Agricultural Development Can Reduce Poverty in Africa

    AFRICA, 2016/04/21 The recovery and acceleration of economic increase in sub-Saharan Africa since about 1995 has been widely recognised. But less is known about the extent to which this increase has led to improvements in welfare and poverty reduction in particular. In our recently published, open-access book, we attempt to provide a comprehensive assessment of increase and poverty on the sub-continent. We researched 16 detailed country case studies. Together, these represent nearly three-quarters of the people of sub-Saharan Africa. An significant message from ten of the nations we looked at is that there are potentially high returns to policies that take agriculture seriously. Nations that place a particular emphasis on upgrading the capabilities of small-scale farmers are additional likely to achieve broad-based development objectives. And failure to take agriculture seriously, particularly smallholder agriculture, will leave people behind. It will as well drive up food prices and imports, and dim increase prospects.
  • Africa: Bees Can Help Boost Food Security of Two Billion Small Farmers At No Cost

    AFRICA, 2016/03/06 The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today highlighted the publication of a new study that quantifies, for the initial time, how much crop yields depend on the work of bees that unknowingly fertilize plants as they move from flower to flower. In doing so, the agency says bees may have a key role to play in improving the production of some two billion smallholder farmers worldwide and ensuring the food security and nutrition of the world's growing people.