Fostering food and nutrition security is key to sustainable development


Food and nutrition security key to Africa’s development

by Gilbert Nakweya bb9e69386f2d71ee1687c3e38927b131

Fostering food and nutrition security is key to sustainable development. But access to high quality seeds from research and development by smallholder farmers is still a major challenge to agricultural productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa.

In fact, the second goal in the UN’s Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development Goal is to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

But how much is Africa investing to improve food security? Is Africa committed to taking leadership in building resilient seed sector for improved food security? Th

Africa requires a continental effort in development of sustainable seed sector through leadership.

Gilbert Nakweya

ese were some of the issues I pondered over during the Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) Africa Synthesis Conference in Kenya this week (19-20 September). The conference drew agricultural experts from all over the world to…

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Gender Dilemmas in Sustainable Development

Food Governance

harcourt-lectureThe Wageningen University Gender & Diversity working group presents a lunch-time lecture on Gender Dilemmas in Sustainable Development

by Dr Wendy Harcourt

Date: Wednesday, October 12

Time: 12:30-13:30

Place: C68, de Leeuwenborch, Wageningen

Wendy Harcourt argues that feminist theory brings important political lessons to sustainable development. Her talk explores: development as transformative politics; intersectionality; and the inter-section of gender with sustainability issues. She argues that new methodologies are required in development that bridge the divide between practice-based analysis and universalising ‘global’ theory. She presents the case for why it is important to learn from those who are breaking new ground listening and learning from the perspectives of communities living and working on the margins of mainstream development.

Dr Wendy Harcourt is Associate Professor in Critical Development and Feminist Studies at the International Institute of Social Studies of the Erasmus University in The Hague. She is Research Programme Leader for the Civic…

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Writing about food security solutions

Food Governance


Last week we launched a Special Issue of the journal Solutions. The issue featured solutions to food security problems, as proposed by younger scholars.

Writing about solutions is much more difficult than it sounds, at least that has been our experience. Thinking about why this is, we came up with a few idea which we outlined in the editorial.

Our basic message is that as academics, we have a role to play in solution building, and part of that role is to created spaces for diverse perspectives to be represented and for these perspectives, and lived experiences, to inform the development of food security solutions. Further, we need to foster the types of skills (inside universities and outside) that prepare people to discuss, to reflect, to debate, and to weigh trade-offs associated with solutions. It becomes more clear every day that there are no silver-bullet solutions when it comes to food security.

I encourage…

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Agriculture, food and nutrition for Africa (FAO 1997)

Posted by Prof. Dr. Willem VAN COTTHEM

Ghent University – Belgium

Having participated in all the meetings of the INCD (1992-1994) and all the meetings of the UNCCD-COP, the CST and the CRIC in 1994-2006, I had an opportunity to collect a lot of interesting books and publications on drought and desertification published in that period.

Book Nr. 36

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or see agriculture-food-and-nutrition-for-africa-fao-1997

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What was the impact of dairy goats distributed by the crop-goat project in Tanzania?

ILRI livelihoods, gender and impact

In Tanzania most goat production is extensive and aimed at selling live animals with limited direct impact on food security and nutrition.

The Crop and Goat Project (CGP), implemented in Kongwa and Mvomero districts, aimed at improving income, food security and nutrition of poor households by promoting dairy goat production integrated with cassava and sweet potatoes. Within the project area, village leaders generated a list of 70 potential goat recipients in each of the 4 intervention villages, based on resources and capacity. Out of these, 108 households received a total of 229 dairy goats over the project period.

This poster, produced for the Tropentag 2016 conference, highlights findings from an evaluation of the impacts of introducing dairy goats on income, assets and food consumption in the two districts in Morogoro region.

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Resistance in action in the Mayan region: “NO to GMO’s”

Rural Sociology Wageningen University

Mayan women in a concert of the Ma OGM campaign. Source Maria Boa Mayan women in a concert of the Ma OGM campaign. Source maria Boa

August 18 María del Refugio Boa Alvarado successfully defended her MSc-thesis ‘Resistance in Action; Mobilization of Mayan beekeepers against GM soy: The case of the ‘Colectivo MA OGM‘ for the Master International Master in Rural Development. Below a post by Maria.

Are you interested on social movements? On Indigenous rights? On collectives and their practices? For years, many social scientists have been fascinated by the study of social movements and collective action. In my case, I am fascinated by the research of complex associations that frame and articulate their claims or grievances. Particularly, the processes of social transformation that have their grassroots within indigenous communities.

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As last defenses begin to fail, UN declares antibiotic resistance ‘the greatest and most urgent global risk’

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Scanning electron micrograph of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria (yellow, round items) killing and escaping from a human white cell (via Flickr/NIAID).

‘An extraordinary gathering at the United Nations on September 21 may have permanently changed how the world deals with antibiotic resistance, which is believed to kill 700,000 people around the world each year.

During the UN meeting, the entire assembly signed on to a political declaration that calls antibiotic resistance “the greatest and most urgent global risk.” But it is what they do next that will determine whether the threat can really be contained.

And alarming news announced while the meeting was happening made clear how urgent it is that antibiotic resistance be reined in.

‘At a simultaneous meeting in Atlanta, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) disclosed that the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea—which has become steadily more drug-resistant over several years—has taken a dramatic…

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