The 6th Africa Day of Food and Nutrition Security kicks off in Uganda

Nov 01, 15 The 6th Africa Day of Food and Nutrition Security kicks off in Uganda

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From 28-30 October 2015, the Africa Day for Food and Nutrition Security (ADFNS) was commemorated with continental level celebrations held in Uganda. The 6th ADFNS gave a special focus to women under the theme “Empowering Our Women, Securing Our Food, Improving Our Nutrition”, in line with the declaration by the African Union of...

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Investing in Women Farmers is Key to Zero Hunger

Oct 29, 15 Investing in Women Farmers is Key to Zero Hunger

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by Bahati Muriga for The Cornucopia Institute   Bahati Muriga is a small-holder farmer from the Mwanza region of northern Tanzania. She is also the winner of the Tanzanian Female Food Heroes television competition, an award that identifies and champions women food producers.  Excerpt: Unfortunately, opportunities for...

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Family Farmers Feed the World

Oct 28, 15 Family Farmers Feed the World

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According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 80 percent of the world’s food is produced by family farmers. And approximately 72 percent of farms worldwide are less than one hectare, while just 6 percent are larger than five hectares, according to the FAO. To examine the challenges faced by these small family...

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Food and the Transformation of Africa – Getting Smallholders Connected

Oct 27, 15 Food and the Transformation of Africa – Getting Smallholders Connected

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Written By: Kofi Annan and Sam Dryden African agriculture has long been a symbol of the continent’s poverty. Officials considered the hundreds of millions of African smallholder farmers too backward to thrive; the future would arrive not by investing in them but rather by bypassing them. But all that is changing. In recent years,...

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Nothing less than a seed revolution for smallholder farmers

Oct 13, 15 Nothing less than a seed revolution for smallholder farmers

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A bean trader in Kimironko Market in Kigali, Rwanda. How could a sound investment in seed systems help rural farmers? Photo by: JC Rubyogo Crop seed is a cost-effective input and one that even the poorest of farmers use. Yet, because their access to steady supplies of quality seed is limited — especially in sub-Saharan Africa —...

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Sustainable Markets for Smallholder Farmers

Oct 08, 15 Sustainable Markets for Smallholder Farmers

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Tanzanian smallholders pose in front of their farmers’ organization With Purchase for Progress (P4P), the World Food Programme (WFP) purchases crops from smallholder farmers’ organizations and supports them to become effective businesses. With help from WFP, other buyers bought more than US$60 million-worth of food from these...

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