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Marandagahamula Grain Storage Complex Opened

The government of Sri Lanka opened a grain storage and trading complex at one of the country’s leading wholesale paddy markets where 60,000 tons of grains can be stored. The complex is part of a government plan for increased food security and economic development in the country’s agricultural sector. http://www.news.lk/news/sri-lanka/6845-marandagahamula-grain-storage-complex-opened  

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Smallholder Farmers’ Highway to Food Markets

A July 2013 FAO report, “Smallholder Integration in Changing Markets”, emphasizes the heterogeneity of subsistence farmers, concluding there is no one-size-fits-all approach. It also emphasizes the reluctance of farmers to increase production when proper postharvest facilities and infrastructure are non-existent. http://www.rural21.com//nc/english/news/detail/article/smallholder-farmers-highway-to-food-markets-0000806/

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Agriculture Needs Technological Solutions

A former Kenyan government official remarks on Rwanda’s progress in leveraging technology to improve agricultural productivity. The introduction of the East African Commodities Exchange (EAX) allows farmers access to trade and financing through use of electronic warehousing receipts. Farmers have greater access to markets, and postharvest losses are reported to have decreased by 5%. http://www.businessdailyafrica.com/Opinion+and+Analysis/Agriculture+needs+technological+solutions/-/539548/1971484/-/a7ohef/-/index.html

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Tanzania: Commodity Exchange Market to Help Farmers

The government seeks to establish a commodity exchange market to bring buyers and sellers together in a central location, citing many benefits for smallholder farmers, including the reduction of postharvest losses. Officials hope to have the framework for the exchange market ready in one year. http://allafrica.com/stories/201307020143.html?page=2

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Food Security Takes Center Stage during President’s Last Day in Senegal

President Obama’s visit to Senegal highlighted the country’s recent announcement of its intent to join the New Alliance for Global Food Security and Nutrition. In joining, 10 private sector companies, of which 9 are Senegalese, will invest over $134.4 million to help provide new market opportunities for smallholder farmers through enhanced production and processing activities. […]

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Food Farmers at Konkrompe Address Challenges

A farmers’ cooperative convened a stakeholders meeting to discuss postharvest losses in the town of New Konkrompe, Ghana. Locals say interventions have been attempted, but none have successfully overcome major maize storage and marketing problems faced by most of the farmers in the region. http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/artikel.php?ID=277197

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Linking Smallholder Farmers to Markets in Africa

The G8 increasingly emphasizes the importance of market linkages for smallholder farmers in Africa. International debates and conversations, captured in two recent reports, focus on 5 priorities for how markets can function better for smallholders. Several organizations on the ground are promoting a market focus, such as FANPRAN, Farm Africa, the One Acre Fund, and others. […]

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Tackling Poverty with Social Enterprise

Social enterprise efforts are positively impacting rural poverty in Africa by connecting farmers to markets. Organizations focusing on specific supply chain development activities promote economic growth and food security for farmers. http://www.theguardian.com/social-enterprise-network/2013/mar/15/tackling-poverty-social-enterprise

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Waste Less to Feed More

Senior-level government officials emphasized the need to reduce postharvest loss to achieve global food security, environmental sustainability, and economic vitality. The Department of State hosted a forum dedicated to finding cross-sector solutions to postharvest loss. Assistant Secretary of the Economics and Business Affairs Bureau said in his opening remarks that there is “no silver bullet […]

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Parliement Approves 19.1 Million Loan to Ensure Food Security

Ghana approved a US $19.1 million loan to alleviate poverty by increasing agricultural productivity and ensuring food security in farming communities. The Integrated Rural Development Project (IRDP) will focus on enhancing farming practices as well as marketing and distribution chains.  http://vibeghana.com/2012/12/19/parliement-approves-19-1-million-loan-to-ensure-food-security/?mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRouu6nOZKXonjHpfsX86%2BwrXqO1lMI%2F0ER3fOvrPUfGjI4FSsprI%2FqLAzICFpZo2FFcH%2FaQZA%3D%3D

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