Monthly Archives: February 2015

Farmer training and study tour increases Jimma zone tomato producers’ skills

Originally posted on LIVES-Ethiopia:
Kelifa is one of the farmers from Jimma who joined the training and study tour to learn about improved vegetable production techniques in Holeta and Meki (photo credit: ILRIGemeda Duguma. Tomato is one of the most…

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Food Crisis Update: Main drivers of price volatility still not addressed

Originally posted on Food Governance:
Here is a copy of Tim Wise and Sophia Murphy’s update to their influential article:  “Resolving the food crisis: The need for decisive action“ You can see it on the  Triple Crisis Blog (which is worth a read if…

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“Land grabs” and Responsible Agricultural Investment in Africa

Originally posted on Food Governance:
Recently, a paper was published that supports land grabbing for food security. The paper suggests that the land in question is  ‘marginally utilised’ and land grabbing will lead to more food being produced. In the article, the…

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Foreign investments in agriculture for food security

Originally posted on Food Governance:
A new FAO report –   Trends and Impacts of Foreign Investment in Developing Country Agriculture – Evidence from case studies – has just been released. The report presents an analysis of the foreign investment in…

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CFS in Rome: The majority of governments remain blind to the challenges of global food security

Originally posted on Food Governance:
La Via Campesina Press Release (Rome October 15th, 2014) The delegation of La Via Campesina, gathered in Rome for the 41st session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), recognizes the CFS as the major…

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Global Strategic Framework for Food Security and Nutrition

Originally posted on Food Governance:
YAY!  ADOPTED! The Global Strategic Framework (available here: GSF 1st Version) has been endorsed by the Committee on World Food Security at its 39th Session. 103.J which is in brackets has been deleted. The Committee: i)…

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Global Strategic Framework for Food Security and Nutrition: Consultation on Draft 2

Originally posted on Food Governance:
I am back in Rome, attending the three day consultation on the second draft of the Global Strategic Framework for Food Security and Nutrition (GSF) for the Committee on World Food Security. I will do my…

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Right to Food now the Basis for Food Security Framework Policy

Originally posted on Food Governance:
The Rights to Food are now the basis for the Food Security Framework Policy  Press release – La Via Campesina (Rome, 18 October 2012) La Via Campesina welcomes the adoption on October 17, 2012, of…

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Collaborative LIVES and government project improves uptake of artificial insemination in Jimma zone

Originally posted on LIVES-Ethiopia:
Artificial insemination (AI) activity in progress in Jimma zone (photo credit: ILRIGemeda Duguma). In the past 50 years, little success has been registered in dairy cattle genetic improvement through artificial insemination (AI) in Ethiopia. A weak AI…

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VGGT: A case study in the effectiveness of the Committee on World Food Security

Originally posted on Food Governance:
Hello from the beautiful Hohenheim University in Stuttgart, Germany. I am lucky to be here to talk to the class on “Gender, Nutrition and the Right to Food” in the Faculty of Agriculture, Hohenheim University, Department…

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The dynamics of the contemporary governance of the world’s food supply and the challenges of policy redirection

Originally posted on Food Governance:
New paper out written by Dr. David Barling (Centre for Food Policy, City University) and me. Unfortunately not open source but can be accessed here if your library has access: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12571-015-0429-x The dynamics of the contemporary governance…

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Camel! A one in All Creature

Originally posted on Natural Health with the Camel Milk:
Camel has itself all the capabilities, which are scattered in all the other known and useful animals. Every product of camel is useful. Even urine and faeces are valuable. Camel urine…

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When Food Guidelines Become Political Battlegrounds

Originally posted on Food (Policy) For Thought:
It’s a paradox: most American citizens have no idea that the US administration is revising its dietary guidelines. In fact, they might not even be familiar with the current recommendations – and even if they are,…

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Does it matter if we say food loss or food waste?

Originally posted on Food (Policy) For Thought:
So… I have a really exciting announcement for you – Food (Policy) For Thought is growing! We [now I can say “we”! Woot!] have a new guest contributor, Helena! I’ll let her introduce herself in…

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We need a paradigm shift in agriculture

Originally posted on DESERTIFICATION:
Photo credit: UN News Centre Agriculture workers collect carrots on a farm in Chimaltenango, Guatemala. Photo: World Bank/Maria Fleischmann Agriculture must change, UN agency chief tells Paris summit, urging ‘paradigm shift’ The model of agricultural production…

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Precision feeding key to sustainable #livestock production, says UN body @LivestockSustai @DSMFeedTweet

Precision feeding key to sustainable livestock production, says UN body The compound feed industry needs to get behind initiatives that foster precision feeding on small farms in developing markets to help optimize use of on-farm ingredients backed by commercial feed mixes to plug nutritional … Continue reading

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Apply: Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund seeks to award grants of up to $1.5m for business ideas across Africa

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Chesney McOmber joins ILRI as a graduate fellow in the Livelihoods, gender and impact program

Originally posted on ILRI policies, instititions and livelihoods program:
Chesney McOmber has joined the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) as a graduate fellow for the next four months under the Livelihoods, gender and impact (LGI) program. She is a doctoral…

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New book presents research findings on food safety in Africa’s traditional meat, milk and fish markets

Originally posted on AgHealth:
Animal products – meat, milk, eggs and fish – are vital components of the diets and livelihoods of people across sub-Saharan Africa. However, these nutritious food products are also the most risky. Most food-borne disease is…

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VMAP @NafdacAgency activities in 2014 also witnessed the development of essential regulatory documents

Originally posted on VMAP DIRECTORATE, NAFDAC:
Development of regulations, guidelines, application forms protocols and review of Dossier format  Regulation on medicated feeding stuff for animals Guidelines for obtaining permit for special importation/importation of orphan veterinary drugs. Guidelines for permit to…

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High-tech versus low-tech agriculture (The Seattle Times)

Originally posted on DESERTIFICATION:
Read at : http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2017322825_apusfoodandfarmgates.html Gates defends focus on high-tech agriculture By DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP Associated Press KIRKLAND, Wash. — Bill Gates has a terse response to criticism that the high-tech solutions he advocates for world hunger…

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Women farmers are key to a food-secure Africa (AfricaFiles / IPS)

Originally posted on DESERTIFICATION:
Read at : http://www.africafiles.org/article.asp?ID=26404 Summary & Comment: Africa still struggles with cultural and social barriers that block women’s quest for success, but small strides are being made. It also makes sense that the leadership of Africa’s…

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Women’s critical role as food producers, consumers and family carers (Eldis)

Originally posted on DESERTIFICATION:
Read at : http://www.eldis.org/go/display&type=Document&id=59402?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+eldis-agriculture+%28Eldis+Agriculture%29 Innovative approaches to gender and food security: insights, issue 82 Food security and gender insights Authors: S. Turrall (ed) Publisher: Knowledge Services, IDS, 2012 This issue of insights shows how development policy…

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Gender and food security: how to bolster food production ?

Originally posted on DESERTIFICATION:
Photo credit: Google Providing women with equal access to productive resources and opportunities may be the key to bolstering the struggling global agricultural sector Africa: Towards Gender – Just Food and Nutrition Security EXCERPT BLOG This…

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agri4africa

“We firmly believe that the economic development and prospering of the African continent, also as economic and trading bloc, is inextricably linked to its ability to unlock the economic potential and value of its rich agricultural resources, and that commercial … Continue reading

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LIVES tests ‘learning logs’ and ‘action planning’ for participatory learning and knowledge transfer

Originally posted on LIVES-Ethiopia:
Knowledge centre management and use training workshop in Dessie, Jun 14-15 2014 (photo credit: LIVES). Training is one of the most widely used capacity development approaches to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes of individuals. Many organizations invest…

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Conflict & Food Security: Two sides of the same coin?

Originally posted on One Billion Hungry: Can We Feed the World?:
By Stephanie Brittain Food insecurity and malnutrition can be ended sustainably within a generation, it is said. However, with one in eight people in the world today still undernourished…

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Poorly Hen, Egg Yolk Peritonitis and Other Problems

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Position paper by ILRI highlights the role of livestock in food and nutrition security

Originally posted on AgHealth:
Typical mixed crop-livestock farming in western Kenya. Mixed crop-livestock farming systems currently produce most of the world’s meat, milk and staple crops (photo credit: ILRI/Pye-Smith). The January 2013 issue of Animal Frontiers, the world’s premier review magazine…

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Need for technology to help harness water more efficiently, particularly in agriculture

Originally posted on DESERTIFICATION:
Photo credit: Pixabay Drought Africa: World Has Not Woken Up to Water Crisis Caused By Climate Change – IPCC Head By Nita Bhalla Thomson Reuters Foundation New Delhi — Water scarcity could lead to conflict between…

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“Nobody Wants to Rule a Hungry People” – Or Do They?

Originally posted on Food (Policy) For Thought:
During my agricultural history class, we talked about the reason why agriculture is often seen as a “special” economic sector worthy of disproportionate governmental support (just ask the EU), and agreed that it…

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World War II – Was It All About The Food?

Originally posted on Food (Policy) For Thought:
Hey hey! Just checking in after my first day of work – it’s going to be an exciting time for sure! I am sure to learn loads about climate change and sustainable development…

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Global Food Security Governance: Civil society engagement in the reformed Committee on World Food Security

Originally posted on Food Governance:
I am most excited that my book Global Food Security Governance: Civil society engagement in the reformed Committee on World Food Security is now available for pre-order! It is part of the  Routledge Studies in Food, Society…

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Next Brussels Briefing – Data: the next revolution for agriculture in ACP countries?

Originally posted on Brussels Development Briefings:
The next Brussels Development Briefing n.40 on the subject of “Data: the next revolution for agriculture in ACP countries?” will be held in Brussels on the  morning of 18th February 2015 at the ACP Secretariat (451 Avenue…

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