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Global warming increases ‘food shocks’ threat

August 14th, 2015 / BBC

Researchers from the US and the UK have analysed the chances of extreme weather events causing food shocks as the world warms over the coming century. Looking at the production of rice, wheat, maize and soybeans, the scientists found that the the chances of a one in 100-year production disruption …

Can the Earth feed 11 billion people?

August 13th, 2015 / The Conversation, UK

If industrialised agriculture can now feed 7 billion, then why can’t we figure out how to feed 11 billion by the end of this century? There may be many issues that need to be addressed, the argument runs, but famine isn’t one of them. However there are a number of potentially …

Africa’s historic moment: pan-African food security

August 11th, 2015 / International Policy Digest

Agriculture can potentially ensure inclusive and sustainable growth on the continent of Africa if its value chain is optimized holistically. It can create jobs for many of the 17 million youth entering the job market annually while simultaneously feeding Africa. See …

Vodafone powers Ugandan farmers

August 10th, 2015 / East African Business Week

More use of ICT could help ease some of the most pressing problems associated with commercialising agriculture in Uganda. During the ‘Vodafone power talks’ that took place a few days ago, farmers and ICT experts came together to discuss how they can use ICT to enhance agriculture production. See …

The next generation of billionaires from Africa will be farmers

August 7th, 2015 / Farmbiz Africa

Akinwumi Adesina, a Nigerian Minister believes that farming will soon be producing more millionaires and billionaires than any other sector in Africa. And succesful businessman, lawyer and parliamentary aspirant Victor Ogeto Swanya, adds that “once Kenyans begin embracing modern methods of farming, then they will realize that there is a …

A message to climate negotiators: Don’t forget farmers

August 7th, 2015 / SciDev.net

“In Africa, climate change is expected to lower crop yields by at least five per cent with two degrees Celsius warming, and by about 15 per cent if it increases to 2.5 degrees Celsius,” says James Kinyangi, CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security, “but a global …

Fish farming now a big hit in Africa

August 7th, 2015 / IPS

The rising fish farming trend comes at a time when the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) has been on record as calling for initiatives such as fish farming to be replicated in order for Africa to harness the full potential of its fisheries in order to strengthen national economies, …

Why Africa offers growing opportunities for agricultural products

August 6th, 2015 / The Conversation

The main drivers of demand for agricultural products are population growth, urbanisation, economic growth and changing diets. Population growth brings greater demand, urbanisation leads to more people buying food rather than producing their own, economic growth increases purchasing power while changing diets implies that people are opting for diverse, and …

Sparks of prosperity

August 4th, 2015 / Can we feed the world

Africa’s youth hold the key to unlocking the continent’s success. With almost 200 million people aged between 15 and 24, Africa has the youngest population in the world and with estimates suggesting that Africa’s labour force will be 1 billion strong by 2040, it will be largest and youngest worldwide. …

Re-imagining African agriculture

August 3rd, 2015 / UNEP, Kenya

Over 1,200 experts, policy makers and participants today adopted the Nairobi Action Agenda on Ecosystem based Adaptation for food security and formed the Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security Assembly (EBAFOSA), which re-imagines a system of agriculture for the continent that would be beneficial both economically and environmentally. As the …