Climate change comes with never-before-experienced impacts. For example, crop yields and growing seasons will decrease even as changing rain patterns will worsen people’s access to water. Yet Africa’s population is projected to reach 2 billion in less than 37 years, and in 86 years three out of every four people added to the planet will be African.
20 December 2013, Harare/Rome -The United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID) and FAO have agreed on a four-year initiative to support Zimbabwe's efforts to address the root causes of poverty and food insecurity, and build resilience against climate change.
CGIAR, the world's largest agriculture research partnership, today announced its funding has doubled from $500 million in 2008 to $1 billion in 2013. Officials say harvesting the fruits of this historic commitment could, among other benefits, lift 150 million people in Asia out of poverty by boosting rice production, provide 12 million African households with sustainable irrigation, save 1.7 million hectares of forest from destruction, and give 50 million poor people access to highly nutritious food crops.
CGIAR, the world’s largest agricultural research partnership, said its funding rose to $1 billion this year, double the group’s budget five years ago amid increased government concern about food security.
States in Northern Nigeria are in the Sahel whose inhabitants are part of the 11 million faced with severe food insecurity, the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) has warned.
THE Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, in collaboration with the Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF), recently launched a report on review of food and agricultural policies in Tanzania following implementation of the Monitoring African Food and Agricultural Policies (MAFAP) project conducted between 2005 and 2011.
Africa currently imports almost $40 billion worth of food a year, but it should implement measures to attract private sector investment in agriculture in order to reduce its food import bill and increase its self-reliance, experts have said.
Rome, 31 December - Despite security challenges in half of the prefectures, farmers in the Central African Republic are counting on the next agriculture season to restore their food production capacity to avoid risks of famine and malnutrition. Since last year when they had to flee the violence, farming communities had to abandon their fields along the main roads to replant deep in the bush. This disruption lead them to produce much less than previous years with a major impact on their food reserves that will last till February instead of July.
Although we have done a good job communicating with farmers, we haven't connected as well with consumers. I am confident they will at least be open to listening to us if they know we're listening to them.
At the annual Central Economic Work Conference (CEWC), which was held in Beijing on December 10-13, China's leadership mapped out plans for the country's economic work in 2014, listing national food security as a top priority.
Wheat stem sawfly continues to be a major problem for producers, particularly in central Montana, according to Luther Talbert, spring wheat breeder at Montana State University’s Agricultural Experiment Station.
Climate Change Threatens Crop Yields in Brazil - Crop yields in Brazil, an agricultural powerhouse, are set to decline as a result of climate change, according to the most complete diagnosis yet of climate trends in this country.
World Food Programme predicts one in four people in rural areas will need food assistance next year. Zimbabwe is facing a "looming food crisis" with one in four people in rural areas at risk of hunger early next year, the highest number in half a decade, the UN has warned.