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Weather Shocks to Food Production

The New report of the UK-US Taskforce on Extreme Weather and Global Food System Resilience warns that major disturbances to global food production will increase threefold by 2040 because of extreme weather caused by global warming.

Agricultural production systems will need to adapt for a changing climate. “Productivity – at a global level – must be increased by reversing declines in yield growth and closing the gap between actual and attainable yields in the developing world, whilst also reducing its environmental impact” according to the report. Given the increasing risk of extreme weather, increases in productivity, sustainability and resilience to climate change are required.

For detailed information refer to the report.

From butter beans to pigeon peas: UN launches International Year of Pulses (IYP)

2016 will promote protein power and health benefits of dried legumes

Pulses are an affordable alternative to more expensive animal-based protein, which makes them ideal for enhancing diets in poorer parts of the world. Pulses, including all kinds of dried beans and peas, are a cheap, delicious and highly nutritious source of protein and vital micronutrients that can greatly benefit people’s health and livelihoods, particularly in developing countries read more.
International Year of Pulses website

Promoting Innovation & Trade in Horticulture, 25-27 November, Kigali, Rwanda

7 AgriProFocus Country networks in cooperation with Rwandan partners NAEB and PSF, are organising a regional event to stimulate innovations and trade between the different regions, with an emphasis on Fruits and Vegetables.

This is the first event of its kind to create a regional market place where companies can do business, promote farmer entrepreneurship, collect new information and business solutions, and advocate for improved trade environment and relations in the region.

For more information and registration go to Agriprofocus

African Statistical Yearbook

The African Statistical Yearbook is a result of coordinated efforts among the three main continental institutions (AfDB, AUC, and UNECA) in their quest to provide users with quality statistical information to inform Africa’s development initiatives.

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Tracking Africa’s Progress in Figures

African economies have sustained unprecedented rates of growth, driven mainly by strong domestic demand, improved macroeconomic management, a growing middle class, and increased political stability. This publication looks at the key megatrends of the last few decades that will shape Africa’s future.

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Gender, Poverty and Environmental Indicators on African Countries

This is the eleventh volume on Gender, Poverty and Environmental Indicators on African Countries published by the Statistics Department of the African Development Bank Group. The publication provides some information on the broad development trends relating to gender, poverty and environmental issues in the 53 African countries.

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Released African Economic Outlook 2014

The African Development Bank (AfDB), the OECD Development Centre and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) published their 2014 African Economic Outlook, a yearly report containing projections and analyses on economic and development trends in Africa.

This year’s edition covers foir the firs time all of the continent’s 54 countries and dedicates its special chapter to global value chains and Africa’s industrialization. The report takes an analytical perspective at Africa’s recent economic performance and provides medium- to long-term growth projections, while highlighting how Africa’s engagement in global trade can boost the continent’s economic transformation and human development.

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38th Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (DITF)

The Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair has established itself over years as the shop window for Tanzania products as well as the East, Central and the Southern African Region.Supported by the services of the Dar es Salaam harbaour which serves the region effectively, the fair acts as one stop centre for reaching countries such as Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Botswana.

The fair enjoys the patronage of the Tanzania business community who both exhibit and use it as a forum for business exchange.

The fair enjoys support of the Governement through the Ministry of Industry and Trade. The fair is also supported by the Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (TCCIA) and the Confederation of Tanzania Industries (CTI) as well as other institutions in the country.

For more information and registration go to Tantrade website

Mapping Value Chains for Nutrient-Dense Foods in Tanzania

This report details the findings of an analysis of value chains for several nutrient-dense foods in Tanzania. It rapidly assesses the potential of ten commodities to contribute to reducing undernutrition and identifies three with particularly high potential. It then systematically examines issues at the various stages of these value chains, in order to identify barriers that inhibit the extent to which the product is likely to mitigate micronutrient undernutrition. The report recommends options for development agencies, governments, public–private partnerships and other development actors seeking to strengthen the linkage between agricultural activities and nutrition outcomes. It is accompanied by two other reports on Tanzania: a case study of a particular food processing business and an analysis of policy options.

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The State of Food and Agriculture 2013: Food systems for better nutrition

Malnutrition in all its forms – undernutrition, micronutrient deficiencies, and overweight and obesity – imposes unacceptably high economic and social costs on countries at all income levels. The State of Food and Agriculture 2013: Food systems for better nutrition argues that improving nutrition and reducing these costs must begin with food and agriculture. The traditional role of agriculture in producing food and
generating income is fundamental, but agriculture and the entire food system – from inputs and production, through processing, storage, transport and retailing, to consumption – can contribute much more to the eradication of malnutrition

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