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Warrior queens battle for Africa’s food future

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The scale of foreign agribusiness on African soil could soon change how what we eat is grown, but also what we eat. The livelihoods of small-scale farmers hang in the balance. But a counter movement is forming. Meet three warrior queens battling for Africa’s food future.
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AGRA

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AGRA works to achieve a food secure and prosperous Africa through the promotion of rapid, sustainable agricultural growth based on smallholder farmers. Smallholders--the majority women--produce most of Africa's food, and do so with minimal resources and little government support.
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Despite climate change, Africa can feed Africa

Despite climate change, Africa can feed Africa | Questions de développement ... | Scoop.it


The changing climate does not have to mean greater food insecurity in Africa. Many communities across the continent are already building resilience by stimulating their existing ecosystems and available natural resource bases. Building on such good practices, and properly managing the unavoidable effects of climate change, will unlock Africa’s potential to feed itself. The future need not be a future of want.
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Land rights, not land grabs, can help Africa feed itself

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Nothing better sums up Africa's extraordinary mixture of challenges and opportunities than agriculture. On the one hand, Africa is home to one in four of the world's hungry and is the only continent which fails to grow enough food to meet its own needs.

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Is KFC playing chicken with African farmers?

Is KFC playing chicken with African farmers? | Questions de développement ... | Scoop.it

There are currently more than 750 KFCs in sub-Saharan Africa. Almost all are in South Africa, where they sell as much as 10 percent of the nation's commercially grown chickens. Now the chain's parent company, Yum Brands ("the defining global company that feeds the world"), is in the midst of a major expansion northward, with plans to sell drumsticks in Senegal, Ethiopia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Small-scale agriculture holds big promise for Africa

Small-scale agriculture holds big promise for Africa | Questions de développement ... | Scoop.it
Supporting smallholder irrigation through finance and technical assistance could significantly improve productivity and incomes

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Africa’s Farmers Seek Private Money

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Africa currently imports almost 40 billion dollars 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 in the sector tell IPS.
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Gambia: Food insecurity in Africa's smallest country

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Africa's smallest country is struggling with the combined effects of failed rains, rising food prices and poor harvests...


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Land grabbing, sovereignty and a new agriculture law

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Affirming national sovereignty is a recurring pattern in post-conflict situations. It can have positive implications for regaining a sense of national unity and reshaping identity. It can contribute to the state-building process.


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Small Farmers As the Key to Africa's Agricultural Future

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"Small farmers are central to this process, because they produce most of Africa's food, " Saint Ange added. "Yet they face daunting challenges of low productivity, poor access to markets, insufficient capital, and the disruptive impact of climate change."

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UK 'aid' is financing a corporate scramble for Africa

600 million of UK aid money is going to help companies like Unilever and Monsanto take over African land and agriculture. The corporate power-grab will be disastrous for the small-scale farmers who feed at least 70% of Africa's people.

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Africa: Gendering Agriculture

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Despite the role and impact of women in African agriculture, there's still an unsettling disparity in the support they receive compared to men. A World Bank report states that in Nigeria, for example, while women constitute about 60% to 80% of the agricultural work force, men generally make key farm management decisions.

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GMO-free bioscience to feed Africa's farming families

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For 600 million rural people across Africa, the food they grow is the food they eat. A new plant breeding academy in Kenya is using advanced genomic technologies to produce more robust and nutritious crops, writes Howard-Yana Shapiro.
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Critique of a report from the African Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa

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The African Centre for Biosafety (ACB) has released a comprehensive critique of a report published by the African Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). The analysis of AGRA's African Agriculture Status Report 2013 reveals that AGRA’s vision is premised on Public Private Partnerships in which African governments will shoulder the cost and burden of developing regulatory procedures and infrastructure to enable private agribusiness to profit from new African markets.

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GM crops: African opposition is a farce, says group led by Kofi Annan

GM crops: African opposition is a farce, says group led by Kofi Annan | Questions de développement ... | Scoop.it

Concern in Africa over genetically modified crops has been dismissed as fear of the unknown by an environmental group chaired by Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary general.

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Agra isn't exactly a environnemental and independant group ... 

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‘The Last Hunger Season’

Africa is at last holding out the promise that it can remedy its food problems, writes Alec Russell

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From Berlin to Brussels - Will Europe Underdevelop Africa Again?

From Berlin to Brussels - Will Europe Underdevelop Africa Again? | Questions de développement ... | Scoop.it

At issue in both Berlin and Brussels is whether or not Africa can be allowed latitude to conduct trade, industrial and development policies for her own development or for the development of Europe. A major difference is that the 'agreement' will now be signed by free people, under supposedly democratic regimes, and in contexts where the African people again have neither voice nor choice.


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