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Africa: Public-Private Partnership to Address Tropical Deforestation - AllAfrica.com

Africa: Public-Private Partnership to Address Tropical Deforestation - AllAfrica.com | Climate Change - Agriculture & Food Security | Scoop.it
Africa: Public-Private Partnership to Address Tropical Deforestation AllAfrica.com Conservation International, the Dutch Sustainability Initiative and the World Resources Institute are the first civil society groups to partner with TFA 2020 to take...

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Trees and food security in Africa: What's the link?

Trees and food security in Africa: What's the link? | Climate Change - Agriculture & Food Security | Scoop.it
The right trees, coupled with the right varieties of crops, rural advisory services, and a supportive policy environment can have a huge impact on crop yields, nutrition and income in Africa. And b...

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Food security weakening "on a scale we haven't seen" - expert

Food security weakening "on a scale we haven't seen" - expert | Climate Change - Agriculture & Food Security | Scoop.it
The world is struggling to grow more food for more people as climate change wreaks havoc on water supplies and farms: women’s healthcare and education may be the best remedies, expert says (Climate change impacting food security “on a scale ...
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At UN meeting, civil society, private sector partner to ensure food security ... - UN News Centre

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Kenya: Farmers Benefit From Climate Change Project - AllAfrica.com

Kenya: Farmers Benefit From Climate Change Project - AllAfrica.com | Climate Change - Agriculture & Food Security | Scoop.it
Kenya: Farmers Benefit From Climate Change Project
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About 12,000 households have benefited from a climate smart farming financed by UN's Food and Agriculture Organisations.

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SHAMBA: Assessing Climate Change Mitigation in Agriculture in Malawi

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By Nicholas Berry, Researcher in the School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh This week marks the second week of the 38th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advic...

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Tanzania's agriculture revolution: land grabs o...

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Tanzania is a test case for the G8's food security alliance. But will the millions invested by agribusiness really support independent farmers and their need for tenure?
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New approaches in adaptin agriculture to climate change - Coastweek

New approaches in adaptin agriculture to climate change - Coastweek | Climate Change - Agriculture & Food Security | Scoop.it
Coastweek Online,Kenya Coast news,Mombasa Information,Kenya Safari,Kilindini Shipping,Mombasa Shipping,Kenya Shipping

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According to a study from CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), in Kenya for example, rain-fed agriculture contributes more than one-quarter of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Photo: N. Palmer (CIAT)

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The future conservation value of organic and GM agriculture

The future conservation value of organic and GM agriculture | Climate Change - Agriculture & Food Security | Scoop.it
Organic food seems to have an overwhelmingly positive reputation in the west. Better for wildlife, better for those eating it, other than a slightly higher price what could you possibly find not to...
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Indigenous knowledge to combat climate change

Indigenous knowledge to combat climate change | Climate Change - Agriculture & Food Security | Scoop.it
An international forum in Darwin has been told that traditional land
management practices are helping to combat the effects of climate
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SHAMBA: Assessing Climate Change Mitigation in Agriculture in Malawi

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By Nicholas Berry, Researcher in the School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh This week marks the second week of the 38th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advic...

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Tillage erosion can impact yields

BROOKINGS, S.D. — Unlike water erosion, tillage erosion is not strongly affected by slope length. Therefore, in hilly regions that have many changes in slope, tillage erosion can be the dominant erosive force, explains Thomas Schumacher, retired South Dakota State University plant science professor.


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From Food Security to Food Sovereignty

From Food Security to Food Sovereignty | Climate Change - Agriculture & Food Security | Scoop.it
It’s an exciting time for the good food movement. Sometimes it can feel as though the efforts to make agriculture more sustainable are the most visible and active component of the broader environmental movement.

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Learning from African Farmers: How “Re-greening” Boosts Food Security; Curbs Climate Change | WRI Insights

Learning from African Farmers: How “Re-greening” Boosts Food Security; Curbs Climate Change | WRI Insights | Climate Change - Agriculture & Food Security | Scoop.it
RT @UNDP: Learning from African Farmers: How “Re-greening” Boosts Food Security; Curbs Climate Change http://t.co/evCntsc5fb via @olavkjorv…
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Climate Smart Villages in East Africa, and their impact on society

Climate Smart Villages in East Africa, and their impact on society | Climate Change - Agriculture & Food Security | Scoop.it
The earth’s climate is a'changing And there are many indicators of that. Temperatures are either going up or dropping in some areas, snow and rainfall patterns all over the world are a mess. I don’...
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Sub-Saharan Africa: Scaling up smallholder aquaculture for food security

Sub-Saharan Africa: Scaling up smallholder aquaculture for food security | Climate Change - Agriculture & Food Security | Scoop.it

Aquaculture is one of the fastest growing food-producing sectors worldwide and, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), fish provides a vital source of nutrition in many traditional fish eating countries. In sub-Saharan Africa, an estimated 22 percent of protein intake is derived from fish, but overexploitation of global fish stocks means that production is increasingly unable to keep up with population growth.   According to experts from FAO and the WorldFish research organization, aquaculture could provide a solution to the rising demand for fish and fishery products, as well as deliver better profits to farmers thanks to improved water quality, more efficient feed management and reduced disease risks


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Africa's food security improves as Europe's declines - BDlive

Africa's food security improves as Europe's declines - BDlive | Climate Change - Agriculture & Food Security | Scoop.it
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It measures food security in 107 countries according to three broad categories — affordability of food, availability and quality and safety.
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The World Bank - Climate Change - Climate-smart Agriculture and the World Bank: The Facts

The World Bank - Climate Change - Climate-smart Agriculture and the World Bank: The Facts | Climate Change - Agriculture & Food Security | Scoop.it
@wbsustaindev on #CSA Climate-smart #agriculture: Higher yields, lower emissions + carbon capture #climatechange http://t.co/L3TN5wPx30
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USAID, AGRA Partner to Reduce Hunger, Poverty in Africa

USAID, AGRA Partner to Reduce Hunger, Poverty in Africa | Climate Change - Agriculture & Food Security | Scoop.it

The Scaling Seeds and Technologies Partnership to help tackle hunger and poverty in Africa...[is a] ...$47 million, three-year partnership intended to accelerate smallholder farmer access to transformative agricultural technologies...[it] will work in four countries within the G8’s New Alliance for Food Security -- Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique, and Tanzania -- where it will help governments strengthen their seed sectors and promote the commercialisation, distribution and adoption of improved seeds and other key technologies.

 

The Partnership will help strengthen seed sectors, including regulatory systems, and create new local seed companies, ensuring that game-changing technologies can reach and improve the lives of millions of smallholders...The United States will continue to support this and other New Alliance efforts through Feed the Future, President Obama’s global hunger and food security initiative...


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The Farmer's Dilemma: Climate Change, Food Security, and Human Mobility - New Security Beat

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New Security Beat The Farmer's Dilemma: Climate Change, Food Security, and Human Mobility New Security Beat “Most of the world's poor are farmers; they share the same profession and the same challenges,” said One Acre Fund's Stephanie Hanson at a...
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Conservation agriculture: The Green Revolution for Africa?

Conservation agriculture: The Green Revolution for Africa? | Climate Change - Agriculture & Food Security | Scoop.it
The Global Conservation Agriculture Program (GCAP) works closely with partners all over the world toward an ultimate vision of widespread use of sustainable systems by smallholder farmers, based on...
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BURUNDI | £25.7 million for food security | WFP

BURUNDI | £25.7 million for food security | WFP | Climate Change - Agriculture & Food Security | Scoop.it

...The official launch of the project to accelerate the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 1c, PROPA-O was held on May 31st, 2013, and was presided over by Gervais Rufyikiri, Second Vice-President of the Republic of Burundi...

 

...It is part of the objective of modernizing the agricultural sector. The Objective of the Millennium Development Goals, 1c aimed at reducing, between the years 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people who suffer from hunger...

 

...According to the Second Vice-President of the Republic, this project which is jointly funded by the European Union, UNICEF, WFP and the government of Burundi is in perfect harmony with the strategic directions of the Government for the agricultural sector.


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Can African smallholder farmers grow for export markets?

Two new reports, launched this month ahead of the 2013 G8 Summit, discuss business-based solutions by compiling a set of guidance and case studies on linking African smallholder farmers to markets more effectively.

 

The first report, “Leaping and Learning: Linking Smallholders to Markets”, provides a review of previous efforts to link smallholder farmers to markets and highlights a number of recommendations for policymakers, donors, NGOs and investors.

 

The second report, entitled “8 Views for the G8: Business Solutions for African Smallholder Farmers to Address Food Security and Nutrition”, compiles the collective insights of eight leading agricultural NGOs whose work has given them extensive experience in what it takes to effectively connect African smallholders to markets.

The reports highlight the ways in which market-based solutions can be adopted equitably and sustainably to improve the lives of smallholder farmers. They stress the importance of linking smallholders to domestic, regional and global markets, but acknowledge that it is often a lengthy process that involves risk.

 

 

...A number of factors are critical to ensure that the goals of growth and development are both being met. Firstly, smallholders are incredibly diverse, with many still unprepared or otherwise unable to participate in markets effectively. Safety nets must remain in place for those who cannot be reached or who try but fail in their efforts.

 

Secondly, when scaling up successful agricultural programmes such as the ones discussed above, it is vital to recognise that agroecological zones and socio-economic conditions can vary dramatically throughout Africa, and solutions must be adapted to local circumstances if they are to succeed.

 

Thirdly, there is a danger that some commodity value chains will be developed while others, particularly those commodities grown and consumed by poor people, will be neglected. High-value cash crops such as cocoa and coffee often see higher returns on investment than staple crops and therefore require less public stimulus. Staple crop development alongside the development of export markets should be actively supported – at least, initially – to address access issues and to boost production and productivity...


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Can the G8 Navigate Competing Visions for Food Security in Africa?

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...the G8 leaders will have to reconcile two competing visions of the New Alliance. Some argue that the New Alliance, although well intended, will not result in sustainable or responsible investments. Big global companies only understand large-scale intensive single crop production models, which are often highly destructive to biodiversity and the social fabric of smallholder farming communities. While the flow of corporate investment and the adoption of modern farm management, skills, and technology will increase agricultural production, these benefits would come at a high cost. Investments will also go toward exportable products and not the local market, making smallholder farmers increasingly dependent on volatile international markets.

 

Others contend that the New Alliance aligns public and private resources with country-led strategies that are consistent with host-country priorities and needs. The initiative is also supportive of multinational guidelines on the governance of land, fisheries, and forests, designed to guard against land grabs and social disruption. Proponents argue that corporate investors, NGOs, and development partners will assist smallholder farmers integrate into agriculture value chains by helping them organize into cooperatives and engage in contract farming. Public-private partnerships (PPPs) and innovative business models will ensure both development and commercial goals are achieved.

 

Which narrative is right? Each holds some merit....


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IPS – The Himalayas Are Changing – for the Worse | Inter Press Service

IPS – The Himalayas Are Changing – for the Worse | Inter Press Service | Climate Change - Agriculture & Food Security | Scoop.it
The Himalayas Are Changing – for the Worse - Residents of Jhirpu Phulpingkatt, a village nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, about 110 km from Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, are on red alert.
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