Category “Nutrition”

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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Kenya: Commercial Agriculture Grows Farmland Values

Several landowners have placed farms on sale in recent months, with a sneak preview of pricing signalling rising values for upcountry real estate.

Most of the farmland on offer is being sold in blocks, with intention to attract serious commercial agriculture investors, moving away from earlier patterns where land was sub-divided for housing estates.

Growing demand for commercial farming and development [commercial and residential properties] is reflected on the rapidly rising land values countrywide.

For instance, a 41-acre farmland in Ol Kalou, Nyandarua county, has been placed on sale at an asking price of Sh37.5 million. This pegs a price tag of Sh914,635 for an acre, which is relatively high for farmland located 162 kilometres from Nairobi.

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Africa: Joint Action Needed to Tackle Massive Global Food Losses

Tackling the world’s massive food loss problem is a key to reducing hunger and poverty, but governments and companies must step up their collaboration on the issue, an international congress on food losses and waste heard today.

Speaking at the 2nd SAVE FOOD International Congress in Düsseldorf, FAO Assistant Director-General Ren Wang underlined that effective coordination across all sectors could make “a real difference” to one of the world’s major food security challenges.

While 842 million people suffer from chronic hunger, around 1.3 billion tonnes of food is lost or wasted every year. FAO estimates that the food produced but never eaten would be sufficient to feed two billion people.

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Africa: Small Farmers As the Key to Africa’s Agricultural Future

Rome — Workshop in Zambia to examine lessons from IFAD supported projects in East and Southern Africa

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of Zambia are holding a regional workshop for East and Southern Africa from 6 to 9 May in Livingstone, Zambia, to review lessons learned from IFAD-funded projects and identify strategies to address challenges faced during their implementation.

Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda and Agriculture and Livestock Minister Wilbur Simuusa of Zambia will join Périn Saint Ange, Director of IFAD at the opening session of the workshop Tuesday.

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Zambia: Improving Agro Practice to End Chronic Malnutrition

MALNUTRITION has been a long-standing problem and is one of the leading causes of death among children in Zambia. This ailment affects many children under the age of five and has serious health implications to survivors of the scourge.

Statistics indicate that this country records one of the highest rates of malnutrition in the world and that about half of local children are stunted, while one in five is underweight.

It is also evident according to medical results that survivors of chronic malnutrition do not always return to their full strength after any nutritional interventions.

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Rwanda: Leaders Meet to Boost Nutritious Food

ABOUT 300 high-level leaders in government, busines and civil society will converge in Kigali tomorrow for a three-day consultation on how to get nutritious foods to people.

The meeting is organised by HarvestPlus, a global program to improve nutrition and public health, in partnership with the Government of Rwanda. HarvestPlus has worked with other partners to develop new varieties of food crops that contain vitamin A, zinc and iron.

The crops are already being grown by more than a million farmers in several countries where more than 500,000 farmers have already planted new varieties of beans rich in iron.

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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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