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Africa: how to produce more food with less damage to soil, water, forests

June 13th, 2017 / AllAfrica.com

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, including by supporting smallholders and family farmers, reducing pesticide and chemical use, and improving land conservation …

Fighting fall armyworm in Africa

May 30th, 2017 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali reports:
A FAO news release titled “Multi-pronged approach key for effectively defeating fall armyworm in Africa” has indicated that solutions to the problem include development of pest-resistant, drought tolerant and disease resistant hybrid crops that are more resilient to the fall armyworm, the use of bio-pesticides, pheromone …

Investing in Zimbabwe’s smallholder farmers

March 28th, 2017 / AllAfrica

The FAO has launched the Livelihood and Food Security Program to increase agricultural productivity, increase incomes, improve food and nutrition security, and reduce poverty in rural Zimbabwe. The project, which commenced in 2015, will ultimately be implemented in eight districts in the country.
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Fall armyworm threatens livelihoods in Africa

February 28th, 2017 / Southern Times, Zimbabwe

African plant and animal disease experts held a crisis meeting in Harare last week on the spiraling fall armyworm outbreak which is destroying maize crops and posing a major threat to food security and agricultural trade in east, central and southern Africa.
The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation together with the …

Cereal prices continue to rise, defying improved supplies

February 21st, 2017 / FAO, Italy

The FAO Food Price Index rose notably in January, led by sugar and cereals, even as global markets remain well supplied.
The FAO Food Price Index averaged 173.8 percent in January, its highest value in almost two years, marking a 2.1 percent increase from its revised December value and 16.4 percent …

International Year of Pulses closes with call to build upon strong momentum

February 20th, 2017 / African Farming, UK

The International Year of Pulses, which was celebrated in 2016, has helped raise awareness globally of the benefits of eating and growing pulses, with calls to now build upon the strong momentum.
At the closing ceremony of the International Year of Pulses (IYP) hosted by Burkina Faso with the UN …

Pests, disease seen hitting southern African food output

February 15th, 2017 / Reuters, Africa

Crop pests and diseases sweeping through southern Africa pose a threat to food security in a region where production has yet to recover from drought, a senior U.N. food agency official said on Tuesday, calling for a swift and coordinated response.
At the start of an emergency conference called by the …

ECA, FAO collaborate on sustainable agriculture in Africa

February 5th, 2017 / Footprint to Africa

The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) have entered a partnership to enhance the development of sustainable agriculture and agribusiness; food and nutrition security; regional integration; and trade on the continent.
The two entities from the United Nations ecosystem will complement each other, FAO in …

Africa: guess how much water your daily food consumes

February 2nd, 2017 / AllAfrica.com

The facts are clear. So are the consequences. And the facts are that it takes between one and three tonnes of water to grow one kilogramme of cereal; that a kilogramme of beef takes up to 15 tonnes of water to produce; and that it is estimated that between 2,000 …

Seed distributions in Ethiopia boost crop yields, strengthen communities’ resilience

October 10th, 2016 / AfrianBrains.net

FAO support reinforces food security response to one of the worst El Niño-induced droughts on record.
Ethiopia is about to complete one of the largest and most successful seed distribution campaigns in the country’s history, aimed at helping farmers to stay on their feet in the face of a blistering drought …