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Can African smallholders farm themselves out of poverty?

December 12th, 2019 / The Conversation, UK

A great deal of research on agriculture in Africa is organised around the premise that intensification can take smallholder farmers out of poverty. The emphasis in programming often focuses on technologies that increase farm productivity and management practices that go along with them. 

Yet the returns of such technologies are not …

A byte at a time: Africa’s progress towards a digital agriculture future

November 19th, 2019 / The Africa Report

Over the past two decades, Africa has overcome multiple obstacles to economic growth and eradicating poverty, registering a widespread progress. The gradual transformation of Africa’s food systems has been key to this process, but to sustain and accelerate growth – particularly in the face of demographic changes, urbanization, shifting diets, …

How Fair Trade Africa helps farmers succeed

September 20th, 2019 / Borgen Magazine

Currently, one-third of all persons residing in Africa (422 million people) live on less than $1.90 per day. This population makes up 70 percent of the world’s poor. If nothing changes, it is said that by 2030, this percentage will increase to 87 percent. Fairtrade practices could have a huge …

IPCC’s land report shows the problem with farming based around oil, not soil

August 12th, 2019

The word “climate” makes most of us look up to the sky – however, the IPCC’s new special report on climate change and land should make us all look under our feet. 

Land, the report shows, is intimately linked to the climate. Changes in land use result in changes to the climate, and …

Legumes offer hope for food security, poverty eradication

November 22nd, 2018 / The Standard, Kenya

Legumes food crop farming can end Kenya’s perennial food insecurity and generate income for farmers. This follows the coming up of resolutions by researchers and scientists that will help African countries gain food security and sustainable development at the seventh international food legume research conference in Marrakech, Morocco recently.
Scientists said …

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 …