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Africa: Back Agriculture to Get the Most Out of Aid to Africa

European countries devote small percentages of their national income to international aid, but these add up to colossal amounts – in the UK, for example, 0.7 per cent amounts to £11 billion a year.

How can governments ensure they are getting the most bang for their buck and actually contribute to sustainable solutions for the world’s poor?

Escaping the poverty trap begins with having enough food on your table and enough money in your pocket. For more than 500 million smallholder farmers all over the world, this means producing enough on two hectares (or less) of land to eat, and also having surplus to sell.

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Africa: Money Fails to Flow Into Seed Treaty’s Benefits Fund

A shortfall in funding is threatening the future of an international treaty on sharing benefits from plant genetic resources, known as the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA).

The treaty was established in 2005 to improve access to genetic resources of 64 key crops for food and agriculture, and to equitably share the commercial benefits arising from their use.

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RIP – NELSON MANDELA

NELSON MANDELA DIED 20:15 ON THE 5TH of DECEMBER 2013

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East Africa: Uganda to Host International Symposium & Exhibition On Agriculture Development in the EAC 4-8 November 2013

Arusha — A 5-day International Symposium and Exhibition on Agricultural Development in the East African Community will be held 4-8 November 2013 at the Serena Hotel in Kampala, Uganda.

The event is being collaboratively organized by the EAC Secretariat, Kilimo Trust, Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA), Uganda’s Ministries of East African Community Affairs (MEACA- Uganda), and that of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF- Uganda).

The theme of the Symposium and Exhibition is Agricultural Development in the EAC: lessons from the past 50 years and prospects for the future. Participants will be engaged in dialogue designed to enhance EAC regional integration in the agricultural sector through five major events: Youth in Agriculture (YiA) Workshop, Technical Symposium, a High Level Executive Roundtable, Exhibitions, and Special Seminars.

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Gambia: Kola Nut – a Precious African Nut

Kola Nut commonly referred to as ‘Gurru’ in The Gambia and Senegal, is a common and popular nut in many African countries, that plays a very vital role in the socio-cultural lives of Gambians and Africans at large. Kola Nuts a hunger suppressant is chewed and valued for its pharmacological effects and healing properties.

It plays an essential part in certain social occasions in The Gambia such as naming ceremonies, weddings, funerals and when asking someone’s forgiveness. It is also commonly used as gifts to show respect. When visiting an Alkalo (village chief) for instance, it would be wiser and polite to present him with few kola nuts.

While we continue our quest to promote understanding on some of The Gambia’s most valued traditional materials, our reporter went into the market to gauge the opinion of people about the importance of Kola Nuts. Momodou Wurrie Barry, a kola nut seller at Latrikunda market said kola nuts are ordered from Guinea Conakry and they buy them wholesale.

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Kenya Falls Short of Maputo Declaration On Agriculture

Maputo — KENYA is among several African countries that have failed to committed itself in the 2003 Maputo Declaration to spending 10 per cent of its national budget on agriculture.

According to the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP),under the compacts agreed 10 years ago, countries were to commit to using 10 percent of their national budget for agricultural development and to ensure growth of the agricultural sector of six percent annually in order to reduce food insecurity and poverty, only nine countries had exceeded the targets .

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Africa: Agra Launches Africa Agriculture Status Report

Maputo — Today, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) launches its inaugural report on the state of African agriculture.

The Africa Agriculture Status Report takes an in-depth look at the staple crop value chain – from classroom to field to market – in 16 countries across the continent. The report brings together data and analysis from over 15 national and international organisations, including ministries of agriculture, the World Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organization and the International Fund for Agricultural Development. It presents data in an accessible and consistent format, creating a benchmark against which to monitor the development of agriculture in Africa.

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