New analysis reports we don’t need to double world food production by 2050

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Nelson Chikowa, Malawi potato and groundnut farmer (photo credit: ILRI/Stevie Mann).

‘. . . The United Nations projects that the global population will increase from 7.3 billion in 2015 to 9.7 billion in 2050. This growth will be concentrated in the world’s poorest countries, where standards of living are set to rise rapidly, increasing demand for resource-intensive meat and dairy products. Together, these trends are heightening fears that the world’s cupboards may run bare in the coming decades.

‘This scenario leads to the nearly ubiquitous assertion that we must double world food production by 2050, which is widely repeated by agribusinesses and scholars alike. This claim is often coupled with calls to reduce impacts on the environment even as food production ramps up. The common prescription is for a ‘sustainable intensification’ of agriculture that both increases yields and reduces the harmful side effects of tilling and fertilizing billions of acres of land.

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“The Role of Livestock for ACP countries: challenges and opportunities ahead”

Brussels Development Briefings

DSC01033The twelth Brussels Development Briefing was held on 1st July 2009 (European Commission, Berlaymont Building) and dealt with “The Role of Livestock for ACP countries: challenges and opportunities ahead”. This Briefing discussed key issues on livestock for ACP countries and reviewed the role of livestock for ACP economies and the drivers of change.

Welcome remarks:Marc Debois (DG Development, European Commission) [Intervention], Dr Hansjörg Neun (CTA)

Panel 1 – The role of livestock for ACP economies and the drivers of change
This session reviewed the key role that livestock play in most of ACP countries in terms of livelihoods, economic development, human nutrition and rural poverty alleviation. It will also identify emerging challenges such as the recent trends on livestock food demand, the accelerated (re)emergence of diseases affecting animals and humans, the climate change impact and…

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Next Brussels Briefing 48 “Strengthening rural livelihoods in the face of rapid urbanisation in Africa”

Brussels Development Briefings

The next Brussels Development Briefing no. 48 on “Strengthening rural livelihoods in the face of rapid urbanisation in Africa” will take place on 20th March 2017 from 14:00 to 18:00, at the ACP Secretariat in Brussels, Belgium. This Briefing will be co-organised by CTA, BMZ/GIZ, the ACP Secretariat, European Commission (DG DEVCO) and Concord .

Rural areas in many African countries are undergoing manifest transformation processes fuelled by dynamics such a population growth, urbanisation and increasing mobility. The relationship between rural and urban areas is changing and the rural-urban divide is fading, with increasing flows of people, goods and services between the two and the emergence of new migratory and livelihoods patterns. Next to the growth of capital and major cities, much of the urbanization witnessed in African countries has taken place in the continuum of rural areas with villages, towns and smaller cities below 500,000 inhabitants, fuelled in…

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Smallholder farmers’ preferences for artificial insemination services through dairy hubs

ILRI livelihoods, gender and impact

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Artificial insemination service in a smallholder dairy farm (photo credit: EADD).

Demand for animal products continues to outstrip production in most of sub-Saharan Africa. Efforts by countries to boost livestock production by means of breeding technologies like artificial insemination (AI) have been constrained by limited uptake, due to many factors. Using a choice experiment (CE) methodology, researchers from the International Livestock Research Institute, Justus-Liebig University of Giessen, Germany, and Charles Darwin University undertook a study to investigate which characteristics of AI services, offered through dairy hubs, farmers prefer.

The study was conducted in the western Kenya milk shed where the East African Dairy Development (EADD) project is employing the ‘dairy hub’ approach. Dairy hubs consist of milk chilling and/or bulking plants from which smallholder dairy farmers access bulk markets for the milk they produce as well as auxiliary services, such as AI, previously out of reach for many farmers.

The findings of…

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Winds of change, or more of the same? Urbanization and rural transformation in the context of emerging global initiatives

Food Governance

By Alison Blay-Palmer

 This entry is part of a special series of blog posts about the UN’s Committee on World Food Security (CFS): The Future of the CFS? Collectively reflecting on the directions of UN’s most inclusive body. Read more about this project here.

Today we continue with our fourth thematic cluster: “Emerging Issues at the CFS: How are they being addressed?”.  In this post, Alison Blay-Palmer reflects on opening at the international level for discussing food with an increasingly regional and sustainability focus. She questions whether emerging initiatives call into question the capacity of the CSM and its constituent groups to achieve its mandate on the Right to Food.

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I offer the following comments as a new observer of the CFS process. I attended CFS 42 (2015) and then 43…

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The African Union Commission and FAO establish effective knowledge platforms between IGAD member States. / A major regional initiative towards building resilience in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa.

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The African Union Commission and FAO establish effective knowledge platforms between IGAD member States. / A major regional initiative towards building resilience in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa.

 

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, August 4, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the African Union Commission (AUC) on the implementation of the Regional Initiative on Resilience in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa.

The initiative will establish effective knowledge platforms between IGAD member States, as well as strengthen the capacity of institutions to scale up proven cost effective resilience enhancing good practices.

In the Horn of Africa, the focus will be on supporting IGAD and member states (Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and South Sudan) to enhance knowledge on practical means for resilience building as well as heighten the awareness of dynamics of resilience…

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Governments Meet to Discuss the Sustainable Future of Livestock in Africa

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Africa Sustainable Livestock 2050 (ASL2050) launched today in Addis Ababa, encouraging governments to think beyond livestock today, for the people of tomorrow. ASL2050 is a cross-sectoral initiative analysing the impact of a growing livestock sector on public health, the environment, and livelihoods. Government ministers and representatives from Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda,… Read more on http://africa-newsroom.com/press/governments-meet-to-discuss-the-sustainable-future-of-livestock-in-africa?lang=en

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