» TED2013 Selects Allan Savory | Healing the Grasslands, Rangelands and Savannas of the World.
Dr. Bukar Usman (D.V.M., M.V.S.c)'s insight:
...We at Savory Institute are very proud to announce that Savory Institute Founder and President Allan Savory has been chosen to present at the TED2013 global conference “The Young. The Wise. The Undiscovered “ in Long Beach, California Feb 26-March 1, 2013....
Editor’s Note: This article is part of a series by the Financial Times’ This Is Africa publication on realizing Africa’s agricultural potential, in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation. The Skoll World Forum is a proud media partner for the...
Only seven of the 53 African Union countries who pledged to commit at least 10 percent of their national budgets to investment in agriculture in 2003 have reached that goal. Aid organizations say tha...
BLOG by Dr. Shenggen Fan director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Although many notable commitments to agriculture and food and nutrition security have been made in recent years by various actors—including developing country governments, members of the international community, and other key stakeholders—progress in fulfilling these commitments remains mixed. It will be essential for actors to “walk the talk” and move from rhetoric to action. Several important actions will be needed including:
--Investing in agricultural science and technology. These investments should include technologies for improved crop and livestock breeding; advanced biofuels derived from non-food feedstock; low carbon agriculture; resource-use efficiency which saves water and energy, as well as reductions in food losses and waste; and safe food systems. Technologies must be smallholder friendly and regionally applicable.
--Advancing a “nexus” approach in policy planning and implementation that takes into consideration the agriculture, nutrition, and health nexus and the food, water, and energy nexus. Sectoral synergies must be explored that promote win-win solutions while minimizing trade-offs at the same time. Environmental sustainability goals, for example, should not come at the expense of achieving food and nutrition security.
--Strengthening the capacities of developing countries through increased technical and financial support. These efforts should build the capabilities of national institutions to design, implement, monitor, and evaluate programs, initiatives, and policies. Experiences from Asian countries, like China and India, have shown that returns from these types of efforts are high.
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Dr. Bukar Usman (D.V.M., M.V.S.c)'s insight:
Sub-Saharan African nations made progress this past year, with the top three most improved sub-Saharan countries rising an average of eight places in the index. The three most improved countries — Ethiopia, Botswana, and Niger — improved their ranks largely owing to greater food availability and income growth particularly important drivers.
Project description: The world’s drylands comprise 41% of the earth’s surface and are home to 2.5 billion people – and the majority of the world’s poor. Dry area’s fragile ecosystems are at great risk of drought, water depletion and natural resource degradation and desertification thereby putting vulnerable communities at significant risk of food insecurity and conflict over diminishing resources of land and water. This report in the Sahel region of Northern Nigeria will examine how holistic grassland management can be augmented with indigenous local knowledge and shared using mobile technology and its social, economic and cultural impact on local communities as a means to reduce conflict between pastoralists and small farmers.
Sustainable agriculture integrates three main goals: environmental stewardship, farm profitability, and prosperous farming communities. Sustainable agriculture refers to the ability of a farm to produce ...
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