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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

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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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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2014 International Year of Family Farming

family farming

The United Nations declared 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming

FAO, together with its partners, is facilitating the implementation of the year with the following objectives:

  • Support the development of agricultural, environmental and social policies conducive to sustainable family farming
  • Increase knowledge, communication and public awareness
  • Attain better understanding of family farming needs, potential and constraints and ensure technical support
  • Create synergies for sustainability

Here you can find the FAO’s presentation

 

Revolutionising finance for agri-value chains

14-18 July 2014 | Nairobi, Kenya

Agricultural finance institutions, and the policies, rules and regulations under which they operate, are lagging behind changes in the “real economy”. Recent years have seen significant innovations in certain countries but these are slow in spreading across borders or, for that matter, across institutions. In these circumstances, decision-makers in farmers’ organisations, financial institutions, government bodies and other institutions interested in agricultural finance should shift their approach from incrementally trying to improve on their existing models to reinventing their business or regulatory models in order to capitalize on all these new possibilities. It is time for a paradigm shift in agricultural finance.

The Fin4Ag conference will help create the critical mass of thinking that enables such a paradigm shift by bringing together leading decision makers from ACP countries to discuss what has been achieved through recent innovative approaches and how to realise their full potential.

YouTube channel for Fin4Ag conference

For more information, visit the conference website

 

Context Analysis of the United Republic of Tanzania

A4Dev prepared for the African Agribusiness Academy a context analysis looking at the economic, socio-demographic and agricultural sector profile of the United Republic of Tanzania.

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Context Analysis of the United Republic of Kenya

A4Dev prepared for the African Agribusiness Academy a context analysis looking at the economic, socio-demographic and agricultural sector profile of the United Republic of Kenya.

Download the report here.

Context Analysis of the Republic of Uganda

A4Dev prepared for the African Agribusiness Academy a context analysis looking at the economic, socio-demographic and agricultural sector profile of the United Republic of Uganda.

Download the report here.

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