Category “Food Security”

Africa: UN Announces First Countries Set to Benefit From African-Led Food Security Fund

A unique, Africa-led United Nations-backed fund designed to improve food security across the continent has become a reality for the first six countries slated to benefit from the initiative.

The Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mali, the Niger and South Sudan today signed agreements in Tunis, Tunisia, with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), to receive $2 million each from the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund.

“The Africa Solidarity Trust Fund shows that African countries are ready to step up and work with their neighbours to build a sustainable and food secure region, and to have the future we want,” said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, who encouraged other African Governments to join the effort and contribute to the Fund.

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Central African Republic: Teetering on the Brink

Ertharin Cousin, the Executive Director of the World Food Programme, has just wrapped up a two-day fact-finding visit to the Central African Republic – a country facing a humanitarian disaster that risks getting even worse. In her latest blog, the WFP chief talks about her personal impressions of this ‘forgotten crisis’.

People often laugh when I say I like to meet smiling, chubby babies when I’m out looking at World Food Programme operations in the field. But it’s true. A happy, healthy baby is the most obvious sign that we’re getting things right.

Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that we are going to get things right all of the time, everywhere in the world. The desperate situation I’ve witnessed these past few days in the Central African Republic shows the dangers of ignoring the warning signals for far too long.

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Africa: Agriculture Cornerstone of Southern Africa’s Economy

Livingstone — Although southern Africa’s growth has been driven by minerals and other natural resources, agriculture offers the greatest potential for transforming the Southern Africa’s economy.

Speaking at the official opening of the 20th Session of the Intergovernmnetal Committee of Experts (ICE) in Livingstone, Zambia, Secretary to the Treasury, Fredson Yamba, representing Minister for Finance, Republic of Zambia, Alexander Chikwanda said that agriculture remains one of the most important source of revenues and foreign exchange earnings for governments in the region contributing an average of 30 percent gross domestic product and about 70 percent of employment in Southern Africa.

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Africa: The Right to Food

“The right to food is the right of every individual, alone or in community with others, to have physical and economic access at all times to sufficient, adequate and culturally acceptable food that is produced and consumed sustainably, preserving access to food for future generations. … Because of the various channels though which access to food can be achieved, the creation of decent jobs in the industry and services sectors plays an essential role in securing the right to food, as does the provision of social protection.”- Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Final Report

Olivier De Schutter, the Special Rapporteur, goes on to note in his report that “Measured against the requirement that they should contribute to the realization of the right to food, the food systems we have inherited from the twentieth century have failed.

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Ethiopia: Trade Barriers Worsen Food Insecurity

Africa is not achieving its potential in food trade. The growing demand for food is increasingly being met by imports from the global market. This, coupled with rising global food prices, is leading to ever mounting food import bills.

Clearly something has to change. Business as usual with regards to food staples in Africa is not sustainable.

Fortunately, there is a solution to this problem within Africa. The potential to increase agricultural production is enormous.

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Kenya: Improving Feeding and Nutrition in Kenya

Agricultural extension officers and health workers will now have guide books to support their services in improving nutrition and support for people living with HIV/Aids respectively in Kenya.

The books, Family Nutrition and Living well with HIV/AIDS were launched by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries. They are publication of the UN’s Food Agricultural Organisation (Fao) and the World Health Organisation (Who).

Statistics from the 2008/09 Kenya Demographic Health Survey show that approximately 3.5 million Kenyans (about 11.4 per cent of the population) are estimated to be food insecure. Malnutrition is alarmingly high, with one out of every three children below five years suffering from under-nutrition, and therefore unable to develop to their full potential.

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Angola – Food Security Everyones Responsibility

Luanda — The food security is regarded as an instrument that must be observed by everyone, having into account the harmful consequences that may result from it for the consumer, said on Monday in Luanda the economist Manuel Lourenço.

Speaking to Angop about the quality of food consumed in the country, the Angolan economist also pointed out as consequences the economic damages for the commercial establishments for the loss of clients to other competitors.

With the progressive industrialization and liberalization of markets, several changes occur in the foodstuff sector, both in the production and trading, said the expert. He said that this scenario made the consumers to radically change their understanding about the sanitary security of food.

According to him, currently, the consumers seek more and more information on the quality of food.

Source: Angola Press

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