IITA: Transforming African Agriculture

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5 IITA’s first 50 years showed how partnership is a key ingredient for success in IITA’s efforts to bring about transformation in agriculture.

Agriculture is central to the development of the African continent, currently contributing 40% to 80% to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in several countries. In recent years, it has been put back on to the development agenda of most African governments. In Nigeria, for instance, the agricultural policy document of the current government builds on the Agricultural Transformation Agenda of the previous government, and is tagged as “The Green Alternative”.

For a long time, however, agriculture had been seen as a back-breaking and thankless occupation, contributing to people’s livelihoods and creating employment, but only at the subsistence level. Agriculture, however, has the potential to drive economic development and wealth creation. To harness its potential for transformation, agriculture needs to be seen as a commercial business operation at all…

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People and Animal Agriculture~The Philosophy of the Low Carbon Livestock

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PENAPH Conference Course: Introduction to Participatory Epidemiology and Surveillance

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We have enough sign-ups to offer the Introduction to Participatory Epidemiology and Surveillance Course, but still have a few more slots available. You can sign-up on the eventbrite site at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/second-penaph-conference-participatory-approaches-to-one-health-tickets-37155665596. The course description is below:

Introduction to Participatory Epidemiology and Surveillance

Instructors: Jeff Mariner, Sirikachorn Tangkawattana and Warangkhana Chaisowwong

Course Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the principles and concepts of participatory approaches and differentiate participatory methods from other methods
  • Conduct semi-structured interviews and lead participatory exercises such as mapping, visualization techniques, ranking and scoring methods
  • Utilize direct observation as a tool in assessments
  • Interpret results and communicate findings of research, assessments and surveillance activities that employ participatory methods
  • Design participatory studies and surveillance activities using participatory methods or that combine participatory methods with quantitative approaches.

 

Course duration: 10 days – Jan 15-19 and Jan 22-26

Course Description:

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Future of (sustainable) livestock production: Efficient, but measured–Time Magazine on major new ILRI study

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Ethiopian livestock-keeping family

Ethiopian livestock-keeper and her children (photo credit: ILRI/Apollo Habtamu).

Livestock production may have a bigger impact on the planet than anything else. A new study from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) shows how the effects vary from country to country — and points the way toward a more sustainable future.

Below, Time Magazine‘s senior environmental journalist Bryan Walsh reports (well) on a big new livestock study from ILRI.

‘You may think you live on a planet, but really you live on a gigantic farm, one occasionally broken up by cities, forests and the oceans. Some 40% of the world’s land surface is used for the purposes of keeping all 7 billion of us fed — albeit some of us, of course, more than others. And the vast majority of that land — about 30% of the word’s total ice-free surface — is used not to raise grains, fruits…

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Superfood (Camel Milk) can Beat the Challenge of Superbug (Bacterial Resistance to Antibiotics)

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Superfood (Camel Milk) can Beat the Challenge of Superbug (Bacterial Resistance to Antibiotics)

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Food Insecurity Metrics Now in Sync

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marita FAO“If you can’t measure, you can’t manage”
-Peter Drucker

That is why metrics are important for the government or any institution, and development partners in addressing food insecurity, malnutrition, hunger, poverty. According to FAO, after a prolonged decline since 1990, the number of undernourished people has increased to 815 million in 2016, from 777 million in 2015.

FAO’s mandate is to help reduce hunger and to track the progress towards its goal. That brings the importance of having a unified system to get the important data and information and manage the situation in order to effect the eradication of hunger.

CFS44 tackled the importance and the development of common metrics to measure food insecurity in one of its side events. Gone are the days when measurement was viewed from different lenses or tools and methodologies were varied. Though there is no single tool that captures all the dimensions of food…

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