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Only modernised commercial farms will fill Africa’s plate, economists warn

October 12th, 2017 / The Guardian, UK

African farming must modernise and replace its ageing workforce if the continent is going to be able to feed its rising population, a report by leading economists has warned.
A transformation from small-scale subsistence farms to mechanised, more commercially viable farms is essential, said experts at the Ghana-based African Centre for …

Vicious circle of poverty and food insecurity

April 18th, 2017 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali writes: A poor household is usually malnourished, and vulnerable to disease and other evils. Uganda is known to be well endowed with fertile soil and bi-annual rainfall. Yet we have thousands of households that are too poor to produce enough food for their nutritional requirements or …

African governments urged to implement agricultural policies

December 12th, 2016 / Geeskaafrika.com

African countries have been urged to now implement their policies on agriculture and industrialisation in order to achieve sustainable growth and development.
At the 11th African Economic Conference that concluded Wednesday in Abuja, Nigeria, stakeholders noted that the continent had good agricultural and industrial strategies but lacked to actualise them.
The three-day …

Increasing agricultural productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa can reduce poverty & spur growth

October 19th, 2016 / World Bank, US

A new World Bank report shows that improving agricultural productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa remains an important strategy for reducing poverty, enhancing inclusive growth, and promoting structural transformation in the region. See …

UN chief launches first report to track Sustainable Development Goals

July 25th, 2016 / UN.org

Launching the first-ever Sustainable Development Goals report on the new global development agenda adopted last year, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that the 15-year undertaking is “off to a good start” but will require all parts of the UN family and its partners to work together.
“We have embarked on a …

Africa gets new centre for agricultural innovation

January 22nd, 2016 / SciDev.net, UK

A new research centre that will help African countries promote innovation in the agricultural sector to combat rural poverty and hunger has been inaugurated. The Green Innovation Center, which was inaugurated at AfricaRice in Benin this month (3 January), aims to boost agricultural productivity, increase the incomes of smallholder farmers …

2016 top priorities for Africa

January 20th, 2016 / Brookings Institute, US

Africa is at a tipping point in 2016. Despite all the success the continent has achieved in recent years, new and old dangers—economic, political, and security-related—threaten to derail its progress. With sound policymaking, effective leadership, and enough foresight, however—Africa can meet and defeat these challenges as well as the many …

Q&A: Put farmers at heart of ‘adoption revolution’

October 20th, 2015 / SciDev.net

SciDev.net talks to Pamela Anderson, director of agricultural development for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Her team works to reduce poverty, improve nutrition and strengthen women’s roles in smallholder farming families in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The Foundation aims to put smallholders at centre of decision-making, and invests …

Delivering sustainable development goals in Africa

October 13th, 2015 / International Policy Digest

In September 2015, world leaders unanimously adopted the sustainable development goals (SDGs) during the 70th UN General Assembly, signalling a united, mutually collective front against hunger, malnutrition, poverty, unemployment, disease, climate change, low agricultural productivity, degraded ecosystems and social inequity, among the notable challenges particularly facing Africa. What are some …

The challenge of fighting poverty through farming

September 2nd, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali writes: It is good to reflect a little on poverty—the enemy we are all bent on eradicating from our lives mainly through farming. The majority of our people struggle against poverty as small-scale farmers in the rural areas.Peasant farmers are particularly vulnerable to the effects of …