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Building food systems resilience in the West African Sahel

By Harun Cicek, Lauren Dietermann and Miguel de Porras from FiBL Agro-silvo-pastoral landscape during the rainy season. A mosaic of millet and groundnut fields dominated by Faidherbia Albida trees (defoliated during rainy season). Niakhar, Senegal. Audebert, CIRAD, August 2018. The West African Sahel is at the frontline of climate change with severe land degradation, water scarcity and soil erosion problems that are expected to increase in… Continue reading Building food systems resilience in the West African Sahel

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Trees for the SDGs: Woody perennials building resilience in urban and rural landscapes

By Ayyanadar Arunachalam, ICAR-Central Agroforestry Research Institute, Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh Tree inclusion in a rural landscape Plants are an important source for the sustenance of life on this planet. Among the plants, some plants are perennial, i.e. their vegetative and reproductive stage continues throughout the year. These ‘woody perennials’ include trees, palms, bamboo and shrubs.… Continue reading Trees for the SDGs: Woody perennials building resilience in urban and rural landscapes

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Addressing social norms to help women access agricultural technologies

By Bethel Terefe, Gender Coordinator, CABI, and Frances Williams, Global Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, CABI When it comes to rural communities, social norms matter because they affect the choices and opportunities available to women © Pixabay Women are an important asset to the global agricultural workforce, making up 43% of the farming sector, but despite… Continue reading Addressing social norms to help women access agricultural technologies

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No pausing for the pandemic – e-Mentoring for inclusive, equitable agriculture

Blog post by Cathy Reade, Director of Outreach, Crawford Fund The arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the cessation of international travel in early 2020 dramatically impacted the Crawford Fund’s mentoring, training and Master Class activities. The Fund’s capacity building program has involved over 13,000 developing country agricultural scientists, extension staff and farmers in a… Continue reading No pausing for the pandemic – e-Mentoring for inclusive, equitable agriculture

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Our forgotten wild foods

Rekindling interest in wild and non-cultivated edible plants can have positive nutrition, health, and conservation outcomes Blog post by Kamal Aryal and Samuel Thomas of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Kathmandu Several species of macro fungi are part of the basket of wild edibles During the lockdown, there were several reports of… Continue reading Our forgotten wild foods

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Transforming the food system? Let’s talk finance.

Blog post by Glindys Virginia Luciano, Network Engagement Coordinator, Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) & Genna Tesdall, YPARD Director In the last several years, dialogue around safe and nutritious food has evolved from talks about productivity towards post-productionist goals. What does it really mean to consume food that is produced in an ethical manner… Continue reading Transforming the food system? Let’s talk finance.

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Food heroes changing perceptions of nutrition in Kenyan Households

By Samwel Onyango, Cassava project assistant and masters graduate in food safety and quality at the University of Nairobi Samwel Onyango showing Caroline Dama how to use a phone and capture images. Photo credit: Benson Kimbio, UON-Semis. Cassava crop has been grown along the Kenyan coast since time immemorial, but farmers scarcely appreciate the crop… Continue reading Food heroes changing perceptions of nutrition in Kenyan Households

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Youth in agrifood systems: more than the leaders of tomorrow

By Genna Tesdall, Director of Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) 19-year-old Aisyah takes a break during her work day in West Kalimantan, Indonesia. Credit: CIFOR Global food and agriculture is finally giving a focus to youth! As a network born 15 years ago out of the need for young agricultural professionals to come together… Continue reading Youth in agrifood systems: more than the leaders of tomorrow

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New series #RiseofAgriculture tells the stories behind Trinidad and Tobago’s agriculture sector

By Deston Pope and Keron Bascombe, Tech4Agri Deston Pope shoots footage on location for a site visit to a farm in Tabaquite, South Trinidad. "In today’s world, the words ‘vaccine’ and ‘economy’ including the phrases ‘digital transformation’ and ‘food security’ can be heard almost every day. And yet the greatest untapped resource, our youth, still… Continue reading New series #RiseofAgriculture tells the stories behind Trinidad and Tobago’s agriculture sector

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Reeling in economic opportunities for Africa’s youth

By Indika Arulingam, Research Officer, International Water Management Institute and Shakuntala Thilsted, Global Lead for Nutrition and Public Health, WorldFish Tilapia fingerlings being bought at aquaculture ponds in Kitwe, Zambia. Credit: D.Huso/WorldFish Governments knew that youth unemployment was high before the COVID-19 pandemic, but what they failed to realize was how vulnerable even those with… Continue reading Reeling in economic opportunities for Africa’s youth

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Videos teach Kenyan children good attitudes towards agriculture

By Jeff Bentley, Agro-Insight Children at a participating school in Kenya. Credit: J.Bentley/Agro-Insight Kenyan schools recently moved away from memorizing facts, and towards learning skills, knowledge and attitudes. This “competency based curriculum" (CBC) includes new topics like ICT, and agriculture. Lawrence Njagi, the CEO of Mountain Top Educational Publishers, explained that the challenge was finding… Continue reading Videos teach Kenyan children good attitudes towards agriculture

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Youth Agripreneurs Program engages African youths into agribusiness, creating over 1 million jobs

By CGIAR Unemployment is a major issue among African youth, who constitute the largest population segment, yet often feel marginalized from the economic mainstream. Despite their best efforts, many young people find little means to meet their expectations for a better life or contribute to their countries’ economies. Higher education has grown faster than the economies they were intended to support, leaving large numbers of recent… Continue reading Youth Agripreneurs Program engages African youths into agribusiness, creating over 1 million jobs

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Defeating potato late blight with farmers’ help in Uganda

By Vivian Atakos and Marc Ghislain, International Potato Center Farmer Bone-Konsira Tumwesigye holds some potatoes in her hands. To get a good harvest, she must spray her field with fungicides on a weekly basis, a labor intensive, time consuming and expensive undertaking. Credit: CIP Successful innovation for agriculture will depend on thorough and careful understanding… Continue reading Defeating potato late blight with farmers’ help in Uganda

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With the wind beneath our wings, we soar together and higher

By the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Credit: IRRI Dutika Pujari, Hemanti Pujari, Pramila Gopal, and Dharani Gopal are farmers that have something in common: they all endeavored to improve their well-being, social, economic, and health status. Today, they are proud shareholders of the Adarsh Dharmagarh Women Farmers Services Producer Company Ltd (ADWFSPCL) in Kalahandi… Continue reading With the wind beneath our wings, we soar together and higher

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Handing over the reins back to the farmers

GFAR’s Coordinator of the initiative on Forgotten Foods - Alessandro Meschinelli, responds to questions about ‘Participatory Innovation Development’ with excerpts from Rural Innovation Specialist and author, Laurens Van Veldhuizen. Credit: FAO Why should we promote farmer participation? “Throughout the various new fashions that have shaped rural development programs over the past decades, increasing emphasis has… Continue reading Handing over the reins back to the farmers

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Three years on, the Good Seed Initiative still reaps rewards for farmers in Tanzania

By Dr Monica Kansiime, Scientist-Agricultural Economist, CABI A CABI study brief has shown that three years on, the Good Seed Initiative is still reaping rewards for farmers in Tanzania. The study entitled Perspectives on sustainability of smallholder seed enterprises: a case study of African indigenous vegetables in Tanzania reveals how this initiative was instrumental in… Continue reading Three years on, the Good Seed Initiative still reaps rewards for farmers in Tanzania

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New digital tools to support African farmers created at INSPIRE Hackathons

By Karel Charvat, WirelessInfo and Hana Kubickova, Plan4all Since 2016, the INSPIRE Hackathon organized by Plan4all has served as a collaborative event for developers, researchers, designers and others interested in open data, volunteered geographic information and citizen observatories. The event brings together specialists from across disciplinary backgrounds to form teams around a problem or idea,… Continue reading New digital tools to support African farmers created at INSPIRE Hackathons

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Helping pepper farmers in Sri Lanka adapt to the impacts of climate change

By Smallholder Agribusiness Partnerships Programme (SAPP) Pepper farmers in Sri Lanka are practicing climate-smart agriculture techniques to adapt to the impacts of climate change. Photo: SAPP The impacts of climate change on agriculture and food security are now widely known. Severe and unpredictable weather is leading to a decline in the production and quality of… Continue reading Helping pepper farmers in Sri Lanka adapt to the impacts of climate change

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Using climate-smart innovations for adaptation and mitigation

By CGIAR A farmer in a Climate-Smart Village in Nepal. Photo by N. Palmer/CIAT Climate change affects every aspect of agriculture, from changes in weather patterns to soil quality and availability of water. It exacerbates social and economic inequalities and threatens to backtrack global progress on sustainable development, including goals to end poverty and hunger.   Innovations for climate adaptation and mitigation… Continue reading Using climate-smart innovations for adaptation and mitigation

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How farming with bamboo can combat climate change

By the International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation Once harvested bamboo can be used in a wide variety of ways , from construction to handicrafts to furniture. Photo: INBAR For people in many parts of the world, bamboo is already an everyday sight. But this tall, fast-growing woody perennial, which covers more than 35 million hectares… Continue reading How farming with bamboo can combat climate change