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Supporting smallholder farmers in climate change mitigation

July 20th, 2015 / IFAD, Italy

This report argues that helping farmers adapt to the impacts of climate change can also significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The study finds that mitigation could be another benefit of adaptation activities. It examines portfolio of projects focused on making smallholder agriculture more resilient to climate change.  Read …

Nigeria: tomato pests attack; experts say it is tuta absoluta

July 17th, 2015 / Daily Trust, Nigeria

Stakeholders in the agricultural sector have taken steps in order to save the destruction of tomatoes by ravaging disease in recent times. It was discovered that the disease, known as Tuta Absoluta, has the ability to destroy a whole tomato farm within 48 hours. Read …

African agriculture needs more of the green stuff

July 17th, 2015 / Guardian, UK

With Africa’s food needs set to triple by 2050, the head of the Alliance for the Green Revolution in Africa is calling for greater investment in farmers. As she prepared to travel to Ethiopia to participate in the UN summit on financing for development, Dr Agnes Kalibata said climate change …

Tanzania: fruit & veg industry to curb unemployment

July 16th, 2015 / Tanzania Daily News

As a solution to unemployment, alongside proper processing and storage of fishing and farm products, the government last year decided to establish the ‘Zanzibar Technology and Business Incubator (ZTBI)’ centre. The mission of ZTBI is to stimulate new business development and growth of enterprises into successful well structures and full …

SA’s GM maize: what you should know

July 16th, 2015 / Daily Maverick, South Africa

Between 70% and 80% of maize consumed in South Africa is genetically modified, and ours is the only country in the world whose staple is primarily GMO. So what? Three decades after its adoption, GM maize remains contentious. Read …

Drought raises fears that Africa could go to bed hungry

July 15th, 2015 / Mail and Guardian, Kenya

The World Economic Forum identifies food crises one of the biggest risks facing Africa in 2015, that governments haven’t paid enough attention to. Respondents were asked to select three global risks that they think their region is least prepared for, and food crises was ranked in second place, after unemployment …

Why GM crops have been slow to take hold in Africa

July 14th, 2015 / The Conversation, UK

The reluctance of so many African countries to GMOs can, in part, be attributed to fears about the impact it would have on trade with other countries, particularly Europe where a number of countries have banned GM imports. But things may be changing. Read …

China, Africa and food security

July 13th, 2015 / International Policy Digest, US

China and Africa together constitute more than a third of the world’s population. China is Africa’s largest trading partner and an important source of investment and aid. As a result, the China-Africa relationship has significant implications for global food security. Neither China, with 1.4 billion people, nor the 54 countries …

Kenya: Mushroom farmer sets up school to boost exports

July 8th, 2015 / FarmBiz Africa

A farmer in Eldoret is earning Sh70,000 daily from mushroom cultivation, and is calling on farmers to be trained on cultivation as the export market grows. Mr. Daniel Rotich, who also works with the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Institute, worked with a fungi culture and mushroom cultivation agronomist to assist …

Anti-poverty pioneer Sir Fazle Hasan Abed wins 2015 World Food Prize

July 6th, 2015 / BBC

The founding chairman of a leading rural development and anti-poverty organisation, based in Bangladesh, has won the 2015 World Food Prize. Sir Fazle Hasan Abed established Brac in 1972, which has since helped nearly 150 million people out of poverty. The judging panel recognised his lifetime commitment to empowering women …