Category “Sustainability”

Liberia: For Liberia’s Developing Agricultural Sector – New Agriculture Diploma Expected to Increase the Supply of Valuable Skills

In partnership with the Ministry of Education, the USAID Food and Enterprise Development (FED) Program has developed Liberia’s first market-based, regionally integrated vocational training program in agriculture.

In September 2014, the National Diploma for Agriculture will go into effect at four USAID FED-supported Centers of Excellence in Agriculture located at the Nimba, Lofa and Grand Bassa County Community Colleges and at the Booker T. Washington Institute.

The National Diploma for Agriculture (NDA) is an innovative, skills-focused two-year Vocational Diploma that prepares high school graduates to move directly into agricultural employment in the formal sector or through entrepreneurship.

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Kenya Can Restore Its Forestry and Ecology Just Like China Has

Many countries have realized the importance of forestry and ecological rehabilitation to forestall the adverse effects of climate change that include extreme weather events like droughts and floods, loss of animal habitat, food insecurity, loss of water resources, rise in sea levels etc. Kenya is among many countries that have made attempts to restore our forest cover; however, these efforts have not been sustained and more needs to be done.

In 1990, UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)’s forests resource assessment classified Kenya among countries with the low forests cover of about 2 percent of the total land area. This is in sharp contrast to the 30% cover of closed canopy forests at the beginning of the twentieth century. With over two thirds of the country’s land mass in arid and semi-arid climate zones, and a population growth rate of over a million per year, forest cover in Kenya has experienced a sharp decline in recent decades.

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Botswana: Government to Expedite Agriculture Infrastructure Development

In an effort to optimise agricultural production, government will expedite the Agriculture Infrastructure Development Initiative (AIDI) once the economy has improved. Speaking during a harvest day at Mosi in Southern District on Friday, March 22, President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama said under the initiative, government would provide water, power and telecommunications infrastructure across the country for both crops and livestock step by step until the high production areas including Mosisedi were covered.

President Khama explained that the initiative was dealt a serious blow and shelved following the economic recession in 2008. However, he said the Ministry of Agriculture would continue to bring services closer to farmers through agricultural service centres, adding that the Mosisedi commercial farmers were provided with fertilisers, seeds, agricultural machinery and implements through the centre at Good Hope rather than major centres in Lobatse and Gaborone.

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Tanzania: More Research in Agriculture Needed to Eradicate Poverty

GOVERNMENT over the last three years invested over 25bn/- in research, especially on agriculture products, as one way of eradicating poverty.

This was said recently by the Director General of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Dr Nteranya Sanginga, during a meeting which brought together agriculture experts from the world’s leading partnership in agriculture research.

The meeting which was hosted by IITA and CGIAR, a global partner that unites organisations engaged in research for a food secure future, brought together a consortium board and director generals of all 15 international centres that make up the CGIAR consortium.

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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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Africa: Food Loss and Waste a Barrier to Poverty Reduction

The world loses or wastes one-quarter to one-third of all food produced for human consumption, according to the latest issue of the World Bank’s quarterly Food Price Watch citing FAO and World Resources Institute estimates. In regions rife with undernourishment, such as Africa and South Asia, this shocking loss translates to 400 to 500 calories per person, per day – and up to 1520 calories in the developed world.

“The amount of food wasted and lost globally is shameful,” said Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group. “Millions of people around the world go to bed hungry every night, and yet millions of tons of food end up in trash cans or spoiled on the way to market. We have to tackle this problem in every country in order to improve food security and to end poverty.”

According to the latest edition of Food Price Watch, global food prices declined by 3 percent over the last quarter but remain close to historical peaks, driven by record-setting harvests in wheat, maize and rice, increased supplies, and stronger global stocks.

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