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AFRICA: Do certified foods help African farmers?

AFRICA: Do certified foods help African farmers? | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Food certification schemes are more prevalent than ever in Africa, driven by demand in developed countries, with a range of labels dominating the landscape, from Rainforest Alliance certified cocoa in Côte d’Ivoire to organic Tunisian olive oil and fair-trade mangoes in Senegal.

 

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EUROPE, AFRICA: Food security | A future international research consortium to boost the impact of projects

EUROPE, AFRICA: Food security | A future international research consortium to boost the impact of projects | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

There are fields, such as food security, where there is strength in numbers. This is the reasoning behind a new international research consortium (IRC) currently being built, in line with the EU-Africa roadmap for food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture (FNSSA). The consortium was initiated by the H2020 project LEAP4FNSSA (2018-2022), and will enable its members to coordinate their operations and generate greater impact on both continents, notably backed by an entirely new knowledge management system.

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Africa: Financial inclusion of farmers

Africa: Financial inclusion of farmers | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

More than half of the population of sub-Saharan Africa works in the agriculture sector, but most farmers in the region still do not have access to formal financial services. Limited access to these services makes it more difficult for farmers to take advantage of business opportunities, invest and save for the future, and insure against risks

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Transforming Africa’s Agriculture by Tony Blair

Transforming Africa’s Agriculture by Tony Blair | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Strengthening Africa’s agriculture systems will not only make the continent more self-reliant and resilient to future shocks, but will also boost global health, prosperity, and security. The international community therefore has both moral and self-interested reasons to support this process.

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Agroecology: Better farming model for Africa

Agroecology: Better farming model for Africa | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Only a fraction of agricultural research funding in Africa goes into transforming the food and farming systems, with most of it “still reinforcing damaging industrial models,” whereas agroecology is the better option. Agroecology is the study of ecological processes and their application to agricultural production to improve farmers’ livelihoods and food availability. Most African farming being subsistence and smallholder, agroecology is considered a better option.

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One of Africa’s Most Fertile Lands Is Struggling to Feed Its Own People

One of Africa’s Most Fertile Lands Is Struggling to Feed Its Own People | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Sudan could be one of the world’s great breadbaskets. Instead, land disputes and steep food prices have pushed it to the brink.
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Eradicating hunger and climate change in Uganda: The role of crop trees

Eradicating hunger and climate change in Uganda: The role of crop trees | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

With increasing demand for land for settlement, agriculture and industrial development has resulted in the destruction of natural resources and forests are no exception. The FAO estimates that global net forest loss is 3.3 million hectares per year, much of which is to make room for agriculture. More so for one out of every three people worldwide wood is the major source of energy for cooking food and sterilising water.

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ICARDA: INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY 2021

ICARDA: INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY 2021 | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

ICARDA is giving the floor to five inspiring female scientists to share their thoughts on the reasons behind underrepresentation of women in some areas of science, as well as share their own experiences, challenges, and achievements as scientists in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Find out who they are, the resources they rely on, and how they are transforming agricultural research for development across the world’s dry regions.

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AFRIQUE: La crise climatique menace toujours plus la santé et la sécurité alimentaire

AFRIQUE: La crise climatique menace toujours plus la santé et la sécurité alimentaire | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Sécheresses, inondations, cyclones : le continent le moins polluant de la planète subit de plein fouet les conséquences du réchauffement. Selon un rapport d’une quinzaine d’organisations, coordonné par l’Organisation météorologique mondiale (OMM) et publié lundi 26 octobre, l’augmentation des températures, l’élévation du niveau de la mer, la modification du régime des précipitations ou encore la multiplication des phénomènes météorologiques extrêmes font peser de graves menaces sur la santé, la sécurité alimentaire et le développement socio-économique en Afrique.

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Africa-EU: Aquaculture to play key role in EU-Africa project

Africa-EU: Aquaculture to play key role in EU-Africa project | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Involving 28 African and European partners, the FoodLAND* project aims to boost the nutritional performance of local food systems in Africa. Funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme, the initiative is committed to developing a range of innovations for aquaculture and agriculture, as well as to nudging consumers towards healthier eating behaviour in Morocco, Tunisia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

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How Women Agribusinesses are Boosting Nutrition in Africa | Inter Press Service

How Women Agribusinesses are Boosting Nutrition in Africa | Inter Press Service | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

A small but growing number of women are heading up agribusinesses in Africa, some of which are producing innovative products to combat malnutrition. 
While there are no conclusive figures on the number of women participating in agribusinesses across the continent, the African Women in Agribusiness Network (AWAN) states it works in 42 African countries, linking 1,600 women’s networks in different sectors.

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Immigrants' food practices in their adopted countries: the case of Ghanaians in the UK | MENAFN.COM

Immigrants' food practices in their adopted countries: the case of Ghanaians in the UK | MENAFN.COM | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

'You are what you eat', as the phrase goes, can also be said for ethnicity . West African migrants living in Europe have high prevalence of obesity and type 2 diabetes as compared to their compatriots in Africa, yet research on the food practices of this population is still in its infancy. Published in 2017 in the journal Annals of Human Biology, our research explored the food practices of one of the largest West African migrant groups in Europe.

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Made in Africa organic chocolate start-up makes its farmers shareholders

Made in Africa organic chocolate start-up makes its farmers shareholders | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Not only is Fairafric the first organic chocolate bar that is manufactured and packed in Ghana, it has begun making its cocoa farmers brand co-owners by buying them shares in the company.
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Reduced food waste means increased income for farmers in Rwanda

In the richer countries of the world, food gets wasted on the plate. In the poorer countries, the problem is a different one. Here, food is wasted in production, harvesting, processing and storage.
At the same time, 815 million people are suffering from hunger. Making production more effective, decreasing post-harvest loss and linking farmers to the markets are all crucial elements in reducing food waste. This is why WFP has launched the Farm to Market Alliance (FtMA).

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