Monthly Archives: June 2017

Sucking it up: Milk—cheap, energy dense, retro-cool—is becoming Asia’s weapon of choice in its war on hunger

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Milk (via Flickr/EADD). ‘[O]nly seven out of 19 developing Asian countries are now on track to reach the UN FAO’s bold goal of “zero hunger”. ‘However, changing tastes for food means Asians are drinking more…

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Grass? How an unlikely weapon can help farmers beat drought in Africa

Originally posted on CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish:
To resist the droughts that decimate rural livelihoods, researchers and farmers in Tanzania are testing different forage grass and legume species to discover which management and grass combinations can boost…

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On the two central, and under-resourced, assets of the developing world: Women and livestock

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Left to right: Thomas Cherenet (Ethiopia), Samuel Chief Ankama (Namibia), Emma Naluyima (Uganda), Amadou Diallo (FAO), Bruce Mukanda (AU-IBAR) (photo credit: ILRI/Apollo Habtamu).  An interesting discussion took place at a news conference that followed the policy…

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Towards a toolkit to analyse livestock and fish value chains

Originally posted on CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish:
The CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish has been operational since January 2012. It seeks to improve the diets of poor people for healthy productive lives, and sustainably increase…

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Balancing research and development: Livestock and fish research and value chain insights from Tropentag workshop

Originally posted on CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish:
Participants in the synthesis ‘fishbowl’ On 19 September 2016, the CGIAR Livestock and Fish Research Program hosted a side workshop at the 2016 Tropentag conference. It brought together partners from…

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Tightened rules for use of antibiotics by livestock producers go into effect in the United States

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Mass poultry production in the USA (photo credit: Oklahoma State University). From the United States comes this good news about a new rule that has gone into effect curtailing use of antibiotics in livestock production…

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USAID to host two-day online discussion on food safety research in developing countries

Originally posted on AgHealth:
Fresh produce on sale in a local market in Malawi (photo credit: IFPRI). ? The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will hold a two-day online AgExchange on food safety beginning 20 June 2017 at…

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Delightful news from FAO and IRIN : urban gardens and food security (Willem Van Cotthem / IRIN / FAO)

Originally posted on DESERTIFICATION:
For years we have been promoting family gardens (kitchen gardens) and school gardens, not to mention hospital gardens, in the debate on alleviation of hunger and poverty.  We have always insisted on the fact that development…

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Family farms are essential to food security, balanced diets, and biodiversity by preserving traditional food products

Originally posted on DESERTIFICATION:
Photo credit: FAO Farmers going to work in the fields of Jalal-Abad Oblast, Kyrgyzstan, in the early morning. Some 80 percent of the world’s food is produced by family farms. FAO launches digital platform on family…

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80 percent of the world’s food is produced by smallholder family farmers.

Originally posted on DESERTIFICATION:
Photo credit: Food Tank The Family Farming Knowledge Platform supports family farmers around the world. shutterstock Family Farmers Feed the World According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 80 percent of the world’s food…

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“Global Food Security Governance” at Kyoto University

Originally posted on Rural Sociology Wageningen University:
By Joëlla van de Griend In-class debate on trade and food security ? Kyoto University’s Graduate School of Economics, as part of the Asian Platform for Global Sustainability & Transcultural Studies (AGST), aims…

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Youth Agripreneurs Project: Sowing the seed for a brighter future

Originally posted on THE GFAR BLOG:
Hectic yet reflective! The pilot GFAR-YPARD Young Agripreneur Project is coming to an end and in these posts, the six young agri-preneurs are pondering on their professional and personal journeys over the past twelve months. In April…

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Africa must take the lead in addressing global health challenges

Source: Africa must take the lead in addressing global health challenges

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How to avoid youth getting involved in agriculture?

Originally posted on THE GFAR BLOG:
‘My name is Sandhya, I am studying Sustainable Management of Natural Resources in Suriname. I am currently doing an one year exchange program at Ughent to study agriculture courses of my choice. These fundamental…

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Youth agribusiness in Africa: not just about knowledge, but action

Originally posted on THE GFAR BLOG:
A week ago, I was fortunate to speak at the latest Brussels Rural Development Briefings (Briefing number 49)* that took place at the ACP secretariat in Brussels, Belgium. The briefing focused on “Youth in…

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