Youth Network in Agriculture: we connect and rejuvenate the world


23160179004_d87330d675_oAt the occasion of YPARD 10 years, Marina Cherbonnier, the current communications and knowledge manager, expresses what the added value of YPARD is, as an international network of young professionals in agriculture.

I was 25 when I joined YPARD’s global coordination unit as the first web and communications officer. We were two employees then. In retrospect, I feel I grew up as an adult at a faster pace with YPARD, because, to a large extent, I had to take care of and be responsible for our youth community.

I had never understood how central my role could look like because, to me, YPARD was – and is – all the members that are joining, one by one, the community. I still remember my interviews for the position; I had one word in mind: ownership. It is only some months ago that the concept was brilliantly challenged by one of…

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One in three people suffers some form of malnutrition – Enormous economic burden


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A farming family in Kyrgyzstan takes a break from the day’s work to share a meal.

Malnutrition in the crosshairs

One in three people suffers some form of malnutrition – Enormous economic burden – International meeting searches for ways to improve diets and food systems

Responding to the mounting impacts of malnutrition on public health and economic development — estimated to cost $3.5 trillion per year — via a shift to healthier diets and food systems will be the subject of a high-level symposium kicking off here today.

The International Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition (1-2 December) will look at country-level challenges and successes to shed light on effective approaches to reshaping food production, processing, marketing and retail systems to better tackle the problem of malnutrition, which blights the lives of billions of individuals and can trap generations in a vicious cycle…

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To target 10 million farmers practicing climate-smart agriculture in the next five to seven years.


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A new stress-tolerant maize variety compared in Zimbabwe. CIMMYT/Johnson Siamachira

Target for 10 million more climate-smart farmers in southern Africa amid rising cost of El Niño

El Niño may have passed, but food security in southern Africa will continue to deteriorate until next year, as farmers struggle to find the resources to rebuild their livelihoods. Currently, around 30 million people in southern Africa require food aid, expected to rise to 50 million people by the end of February 2017.

Two Zimbabwe-based scientists from the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) highlighted predictions that El Niño will become more frequent and severe under climate change, and that heat stress will reduce maize yields in southern Africa by 2050. Research centers, development agencies and governments must work together to respond to climate predictions before food crises develop, they said.

sam-drought-southern-africa-2015-2016-1-300x258 Drought in southern Africa during El…

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Squaring the Universality of Human Rights and Hunger with Delegate Representation at the CFS

Food Governance

By Nadia Lambek

This entry is part of a special series of blog posts about the UN’s Committee on World Food Security (CFS): The Future of the CFS? Collectively reflecting on the directions of UN’s most inclusive body. Read more about this project here.

This week we inaugurate the thematic cluster CFS, a rights-oriented body? Nadia Lambek’s provocative entry discusses universality – a key principle of international human-rights body and other global processes, such as 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The North-South divide found at CFS representation carriers important implications for the effectiveness and legitimacy of the Committee, she argues.

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At the opening session of the 43rd CFS, in a room crowded with representatives of ministries of agriculture, food and livestock, the United States representative to the CFS made her…

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The Effect of Producer Organizations on Farmer Performance


img_4347 Focus group led by COSA research partners in October 2015 with members of one of the producer organizations involved in the Kenya impact evaluation

Over the years, the Committee on Sustainable Assessment (COSA) has conducted dozens of experimental and quasi-experiment impact assessments in countries around the world.  COSA employs the most rigorous methodologies available to better understand the social, economic and environmental impacts of agriculture in the belief that credible evidence of what works and what does not will lead to more sustainable practices.  One of the ways that COSA pursues its goals is by conducting statistically significant surveys informed by detailed qualitative research that starts with development of a theory of change and is validated through wide-ranging stakeholder interviews.

We aimed to find out if Producer Organization (PO) management truly affects farmer performance in the way that typical theories of change hypothesize.1 Producer organizations, according to the FAO…

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Transforming cassava peel waste to quality feeds fast-tracked by private sector in Nigeria

CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Ibadan, Nigeria, recently developed a technology to process fresh cassava peels into high quality cassava peel products with better shelf life and nutrient profiles acceptable to the feed industry.

The activity is an outcome of a multi-centre CGIAR collaboration including ILRI, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the International Potato Center (CIP) and several CGIAR research programs: Roots, Tubers and Banana, Humidtropics and Livestock and Fish.

The three critical stages of successful technology generation – technology development and refinement, technology pilot testing and validation and finally technology commercialization for the cassava peel processing technology began in late 2014. Through this technology around 50 million tons of peels that are currently being wasted each year and treated as environmental nuisance will become a tradable livestock feed commodity. It has the potential to add around 15 million tons of quality feed creating a…

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Innovations Vital for Food Security (Truth about Trade and Technology)


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Innovations Vital for Food Security

The African Executive
July 21-28, 2010

Agricultural innovations are still relevant in transforming livelihoods in Africa, a stakeholder lecture on “Food and Culture” has heard.

Using a case study of the cassava revolution in Africa, researchers estimate that resource-poor farmers in Nigeria, alone, traded improved cassava stems—a part that is often neglected for having commercial value—worth more than US$1 million (about N150m) in five years. Professor Lateef Sanni, IITA Scientist, says that this increase in incomes of farmers came between 2003 and 2008.

Organized by the Public Affairs Section of the United States Consulate General, Lagos and IITA in Ibadan; the “Food and Culture” lecture brought together experts in the food and agricultural sector including a guest lecturer from Tufts University. Stakeholders reviewed the US agricultural experience and brainstormed on areas that Africa could tap into.

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