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Africa’s indigenous land grabs—African middle-aged public-sector urbanites in rush to buy farmland

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Charles Murithi, Kenyan farmer (photo credit: BurnessGlobal/Jeff Haskins). For middle-class Tanzanians . . . a successful farmer trumps a successful academic. . . . [A] quiet, hard-to-track but momentous change [is happening] in Africa, which…

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EU, US and UN Call on the International Community to Scale Up Emergency Response in the Lake Chad

Originally posted on Database of Press Releases related to Africa – APO-Source:
At the end of a visit to the Lake Chad Basin countries of Cameroon, Chad and Niger, Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration of the…

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Jimmy Smith’s address to UK parliamentary group on the potential of livestock for development

Originally posted on ILRI news:
‘Animal agriculture is the Cinderella of the agricultural world’, Jimmy Smith tells the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Agriculture and Food for Development. Presentation to the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Agriculture and Food for…

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New approaches to agricultural productivity to alleviate poverty, malnutrition and hunger (AlertNet)

Originally posted on DESERTIFICATION:
Read at : http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/revamp-african-ag-policy-to-address-hunger-and-poverty-experts/ Revamp African ag policy to address hunger and poverty – experts Source: alertnet // Katie Murray By Katie Murray LONDON (AlertNet) – New approaches to agricultural productivity could help alleviate widespread poverty,…

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The Africa Union’s Malabo Declaration and climate change

Originally posted on DESERTIFICATION:
Photo credit: SciDevNet Copyright: Anna-Marie Ball/IFPRI ? African policy to end hunger silent on climate risk by Baraka Rateng’ Speed read The Africa Union’s Malabo Declaration aims to end hunger by 2025 A new report says it…

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Next Brussels Briefing 45: “Affordable smart farming solutions for Africa: the next driver for African agriculture”

Originally posted on Brussels Development Briefings:
The Brussels Development Briefing n.45 on the subject of “Affordable smart farming solutions for Africa: the next driver for African agriculture” will be  held in Brussels at 09:00-13:00 on 13th July 2016 at the Albert Borschette Congress Center,…

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#Farming Friday 48: So You Want To Be A Farmer?

Originally posted on Thought + Food:
Today was a perfect early summer day: gorgeous sunshine, with a breeze to lighten the warmth. The sort of day when, driving past a farm on a quiet road; or heaping up your baskets with…

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How agriculture changes our climate—New primer from Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Share of global greenhouse gas emissions (University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, 2016). The following is an unusually sane and well communicated multimedia primer on the sustainability of the global food system. Food Matters,…

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INVESTMENT IN AGRICULTURE TO FEED GROWING WORLD POPULATION (UNNews / FAO)

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Read at : UNNews UN AGENCY URGES INVESTMENT IN AGRICULTURE TO FEED GROWING WORLD POPULATION New York, Sep 23 2009 12:05PM Farmers need to increase global food production by some 70 per cent in the coming…

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If the world’s experts are wrong, who are the real experts being right ? (Foreign Policy)

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Read at : http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/05/04/can_the_world_feed_10_billion_people?page=0%2C0 Can the World Feed 10 Billion People? With an exploding global population — and Africa’s numbers set to triple — the world’s experts are falling over themselves arguing how to feed the…

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African countries will need to spend more of their budgets on developing their agricultural sector (Find Your Feet)

Originally posted on DESERTIFICATION:
Read at : http://findyourfeet.wordpress.com/2010/06/28/africa-is-not-spending-enough-on-food/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FindYourFeetsBlog+%28Find+Your+Feet%27s+Blog%29 Africa is not spending enough on food This piece was posted by Hilde Faugli, Communications Intern at Find Your Feet. 70 percent of people in Africa live in rural areas and depend…

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Africa is not spending enough on food (Find your feet)

Originally posted on DESERTIFICATION:
Read at : http://findyourfeet.wordpress.com/ Africa is not spending enough on food This piece was posted by Hilde Faugli, Communications Intern at Find Your Feet. While most talk about Africa these days centers on the World Cup in…

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Tackling food emergencies in Africa (id21)

Originally posted on DESERTIFICATION:
Read at : id21 (see my Blogroll) http://www.id21.org/society/s2rm1g1.html Tackling food emergencies in Africa The average number of food emergencies in Africa has almost tripled since the 1980s. Today, approximately one third of people in sub-Saharan Africa…

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FUNDING GAP THREATENS EFFORTS TO ASSIST MILLIONS FACING HUNGER IN AFRICA – UN OFFICIAL (UN News)

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New York, May 10 2012  1:05PM A major funding gap is threatening efforts to boost food security and development in the Sahel region of West Africa and in the Horn of Africa in the east, a…

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LARGEST DATABASE OF HUNGER STATISTICS (UNNews)

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Read at : UNNews UN AGENCY OPENS UP ACCESS TO LARGEST DATABASE OF HUNGER STATISTICS New York, Jul 9 2010 1:05PM The world’s largest and most comprehensive database on food, agriculture and hunger is now open…

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Rural, food and agricultural cooperatives and producer organizations to eliminate hunger and reduce poverty (UN News / FAO)

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Read at : COOPERATIVES CENTRAL TO FIGHTING HUNGER, STRESSES UN AGENCY New York, Jan 24 2012  6:05PM Cooperatives and producer organizations will be increasingly important in efforts to eliminate hunger and reduce poverty, the head of…

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‘Africa rising’–Bill Gates on what’s working in health and agriculture

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Bill Gates made a private visit to the Biosciences eastern and central Africa Hub (BecA Hub), hosted and managed by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), in Nairobi, Kenya, in early December 2009, and toured…

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Why Melinda and Bill Gates are betting big on chickens (hint: ‘the ATM of the poor’)

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Asafo Flag detail, Fante people, Ghana. From Melinda Gates ‘Chickens in America have it rough . . . the symbol of cowards. . . the butt of corny cross-the-road jokes. . . . ‘But if…

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Livestock for better nutrition and disease control–One Health Colloquium held this week at Chatham House

Originally posted on ILRI news:
Stacked farm animal figurine (from zulily on Pinterest). One Health Colloquium Sustainable Livestock, Disease Control, Climate Change and the Refugee Crisis 31 May–1 Jun 2016 Chatham House, London The Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House, London—which…

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Supporting the world’s smallholder livestock keepers can increase food supplies while reducing absolute poverty

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
A young boy in Kenya feeds his family’s improved dairy cows (photo credit: East Africa Dairy Development project). ‘The head of the global livestock research centre (ILRI) in Kenya says smallholder farmers will be essential…

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New investments in agriculture likely to fail without sharp focus on small-scale ‘mixed’ farmers

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
A new paper published today in Science warns that billions of dollars promised to fund programs to boost small-scale agriculture in developing countries are unlikely to succeed in feeding the world’s increasing populations. This is…

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On making the livestock sector more efficient, equitable and sustainable–Francois Le Gall, Livestock Global Alliance

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
The following opinion piece by World Bank advisor François Le Gall was published recently on the launch of an advocacy brief by an alliance of leading organizations in global livestock issues. Chaired by Le Gall,…

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Camel Journey ~ From its Original Habitat to Modern World

Originally posted on Natural Health with the Camel Milk:
Camel role is incredible in its cradle of domestication and its original habitats. In 19th Century some camels were transported to USA, Australia, and some other places for work and armies.…

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Foreign investment in African Agriculture: the role of China and Brazil – seminar

Originally posted on Rural Sociology Wageningen University:
The sub-department Sociology & Anthropology of Development of the Social Sciences department of Wageningen University invited two key note speakers for a seminar on Foreign Investment in African Agriculture: Prof. Kojo Amanor (University…

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Zoonotic diseases featured during UNEP Science-Policy Forum

Originally posted on AgHealth:
ILRI veterinary epidemiologist Delia Grace presenting at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Science-Policy Forum that preceded the second session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2), on 20 May 2016 (photo credit: ILRI). The United Nations…

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A challenge for development organizations combating hunger and poverty

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Photo credit: IPS NEWS Marta Maldonado, secretary of the “Siempre Unidos Minifundios de Corzuela” association, standing next to a prickly pear, a cactus that is abundant in this municipality in the northern Argentine province of Chaco.…

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Regional Believes About the Usage of Camels’ Milk

Originally posted on Natural Health with the Camel Milk:
Sind Desi camels of rural Sind, potential dairy animal While searching around in the google and my long contacts with the camel people, I came to compile this small table to document…

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Development as everyone’s problem—World Bank eliminates ‘developing country’ from its data vocabulary

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Illustration by Annie Lane via Etsy. ‘In the 2016 edition of its World Development Indicators, the World Bank has made a big choice: It’s no longer distinguishing between “developed” countries and “developing” ones in the…

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To end hunger in Africa by 2025

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? Photocredit: SciDevNet – Copyright: Jackie Opara ? Initiative to end hunger in Africa by 2025 launched by Jackie Opara “What TAAT will be doing is providing a bigger platform [and] technology with a market focus.” – Sidi Sanyang, AfricaRice…

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Study Found Camel Milk Helps in Halting Diabetes

Originally posted on Natural Health with the Camel Milk:
Camel milk has been shown, to be effective in reducing the level of glycosylated or glycated haemoglobin in the blood. This is haemoglobin to which glucose is attached, and is typically…

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Supplying the demand: growing food for growing cities.

Originally posted on One Billion Hungry: Can We Feed the World?:
By Alice Marks Credit, FAO On April 26th 2016 The Chicago Council on Global Affairs released their new report, Growing Food for Growing Cities: Transforming food systems in an urbanizing…

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Reflections on food safety and risk perception

Originally posted on AgHealth:
Bird’s-eye view of a colourful food market in Western Bengal, where 70% of people depend on agriculture (photo credit: Krishnasis Ghosh/Bioversity International). In a recent blog post (11 April) published by the Global Panel on Agriculture…

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The Desert’s Livestock Species Have Tremendous Potential for Milk Produciton

Originally posted on Traditional Animal Genetic Resources for Food Security Under Climate Change Influence:
Cholistan is cradle of precious desert livestock breeds and camel is one of the core livestock. The famous Marrecha breed of camel and Cholistani cattle are…

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Grain legume crop improvement to support increased productivity in crop-livestock systems

Originally posted on CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish:
This week, the International Conference on Pulses for Health, Nutrition and Sustainable Agriculture in Drylands takes place in Morocco. ILRI and ICARDA scientists from the Livestock and Fish program are…

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Sustainable water management in African agriculture

Originally posted on One Billion Hungry: Can We Feed the World?:
By Katrin Glatzel Credit: Katrin Glatzel, 2015 (Senegal) In sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) where agriculture is predominantly rainfed, farmers’ access to water is often limited based on seasonal variation. Yet…

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Growing Food for Growing Cities: Engaging the Private Sector | Chicago Council on Global Affairs

The latest post in our “Growing Food for Growing Cities” series highlights the opportunity for private sector investment in agricultural development.  Sourced through Scoop.it from: http://www.thechicagocouncil.org See on Scoop.it – Food Policy, Supply, Security & Safety

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NEW: Routledge Handbook of Food and Nutrition Security

Originally posted on Food Governance:
The Routledge Handbook of Food and Nutrition Security has just been published. The Handbook was edited by Bill Pritchard, Rodomiro Ortiz and Meera Shekar and includes great contributions. Overview: The concept of food and nutrition…

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NEW: Routledge Handbook of Food and Nutrition Security

Originally posted on Food Governance:
The Routledge Handbook of Food and Nutrition Security has just been published. The Handbook was edited by Bill Pritchard, Rodomiro Ortiz and Meera Shekar and includes great contributions. Overview: The concept of food and nutrition…

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Animal Antibiotics: The New Apocalyptic Threat?

“Without urgent, coordinated action, the world is heading towards a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries, which have been treatable for decades, can once again kill.” Sourced through Scoop.it from: foodpolicyforthought.com See on Scoop.it – Food Policy, … Continue reading

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Food prices have stabilized, but analysts see another crisis on the horizon

Spiking food prices over the past decade caused shortages, unrest, and maybe even revolutions. Now that prices have returned to normal levels, the question is whether the worst of the food crisis is over. https://www.theatlas.com/charts/N1S6s_w0l Economists and policymakers convened by the Council … Continue reading

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Can Agribusiness Reinvent Itself to Capture the Future?

Agribusiness is on the verge of dramatic change. But across the industry, many companies have barely scratched the surface in their efforts to boost yields, improve supply chain efficiencies or increase value-added activities. Sourced through Scoop.it from: http://www.bain.com See on … Continue reading

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“We have a lot of work ahead” – IFPRI’s 2016 Global Food Policy Repot

Originally posted on One Billion Hungry: Can We Feed the World?:
By Alice Marks click to view report On March 31st the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) published the 2016 Global Food Policy Report. The report highlights the scale…

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Writeshop to synthesize Livestock and Fish experiences mainstreaming gender

Originally posted on CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish:
Women clean fish to provide nutritious food From 4-8 April 2016, the program’s gender initiative is convening a writeshop of scientists and gender specialists to bring together results and lessons…

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1000 Young Nigerians to Receive N500million Naira Grant for Start Ups

Originally posted on Database of Press Releases related to Africa – APO-Source:
Over 1000 Nigerians will this year be beneficiaries of N500Million Naira Grant seed capital set aside for young Nigerian entrepreneurs and students. This was disclosed today during the…

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International Women’s Day 2016: What issues are central to agricultural development for women?

Originally posted on ILRI policies, instititions and livelihoods program:
A woman milking her goat Gender equality is an essential component for sustainable economic development. This year, the International Women’s Day (IWD) sparked a variety of discussions about climate change, livestock…

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Youth, the Future of Family Farming

Originally posted on Ecoagriculturist:
It was the first day of June in the serene and sunny – but slightly windy – city of Montpellier, and from all around the world researchers and academics in the fields of agriculture and family…

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ILRI biosciences hub and vaccine development named global public goods by heads of BMGF and DFID

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Sue Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), and Nick Hurd, international development minister for Britain’s Department for International Development (DFID). Sue Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF),…

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To reduce greenhouse gases from cows and sheep, we need to look at the big picture

Farming livestock contributes around 6 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere each year. While estimates vary, this could represent up to 18% of globa Sourced through Scoop.it from: http://www.bizcommunity.com See on Scoop.it – Agriculture, Climate & Food security

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Agriculture as an investment vehicle

For all sorts of reasons, therefore, it’s time for farmers to look at the work they do as a type of investment vehicle.” Sourced through Scoop.it from: http://www.bizcommunity.com See on Scoop.it – Food Policy, Supply, Security & Safety

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Florida and ILRI start consultations on new ‘Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems’

Originally posted on ILRI news:
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) granted the University of Florida USD49 million to develop a Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems, one of 24 such initiatives federated under Feed the Future,…

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ROLE OF AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY IN DEVELOPING ECONOMIES 2

Originally posted on Ecoagriculturist:
Source: ROLE OF AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY IN DEVELOPING ECONOMIES 2

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3 ways agri-businesses can be drivers of equality

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Global governance for ecologically integrated food security policy

Originally posted on Food Governance:
Next week (March 22) I will be speaking in Paris at INRA for a workshop on Food Security and Democracy. The title of my talk is Global governance for ecologically integrated food security policies: Reflections on…

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Coconut oil: Is it a ‘miracle’ food?

Coconut oil has been said to cause weight loss, protect against cancer and heart disease, and even slow down or prevent dementia. Here’s what the studies actually say. Sourced through Scoop.it from: http://www.cbc.ca The wild claims are based on small … Continue reading

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Is Feeding Your Child Organic Food Enough to Reduce the Pesticides in Her Body? | Civil Eats

A new study could shed light on whether an organic diet helps to decrease pesticide exposure among young children. Sourced through Scoop.it from: civileats.com A good reminder that we live in complex ecosystems. Directly ingesting pesticides in the food we … Continue reading

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Despite New Rule on Livestock Antibiotics, Infection Risks Still Plague Workers, Communities

Massive amounts of medicine continue to circulate through our food system. The issue of antibiotic resistance isn’t about medicines or animals, but about the relationship between people and what we eat. Sourced through Scoop.it from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com See on Scoop.it – … Continue reading

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Food security and sustainable farming are two sides of the same coin

Food security is a complex socio-economic issue, intricately linked to human health and sustainable economic development. Sourced through Scoop.it from: http://www.business-standard.com See on Scoop.it – Food Policy, Supply, Security & Safety

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Special Issue: Roots to Global Food Security

Special Issue: Roots to Global Food Security Sourced through Scoop.it from: jxb.oxfordjournals.org See on Scoop.it – Food Policy, Supply, Security & Safety

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Organic Meat and Milk Higher in Healthful Fatty Acids

The question of whether differences in some nutrients compared with conventionally produced food are likely to translate to better health is disputed. Sourced through Scoop.it from: well.blogs.nytimes.com See on Scoop.it – Food Policy, Supply, Security & Safety

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How antibiotics in our food system affect your health

More than 70% of antibiotics sold in the U.S. are for food production animals. Sourced through Scoop.it from: money.cnn.com See on Scoop.it – Food Policy, Supply, Security & Safety

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