The Mo Ibrahim Foundation recently released a report, ‘African Agriculture: From Meeting Needs to Creating Wealth’ (PDF). This report looks at the state of African agriculture from the perspectives of economic development, food security, poverty, and the role of women, as well as outlining possible solutions, including PHL reduction practices. The report includes many statistics, […]
The G-20 has outlined PHL as one of its main priorities for development, recognizing the importance of such projects and programs as the Agricultural Market Information System, Agriculture Minister’s Action Plan, USAID initiatives, the Agricultural Pull Mechanism Initiative (AGPM), and the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program. http://www.enewspf.com/latest-news/latest-national/28534-g-20-fact-sheet-on-common-global-challenges.html
The Sierra Leone Agricultural Research Institute launched a five-year project to educate farmers on post-harvest handling, marketing, and the development of a new rice product. http://allafrica.com/stories/201109270350.html
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization is working with the Philippine Department of Agriculture and Department of Trade and Industry to implement the Philippine-Traceability (P-Trace) System, which would aid in helping the country’s agriculture be more competitive on the global market. The project requires about $5 million for initial implementation, is modeled after the Egyptian-Traceability […]
Registration is now open for the Chatham House conference “Food Security 2011: Transforming the Food Production System” The conference will run from December 14-15, 2011. It will address questions including: How can political and economic barriers to change be overcome? What transformative business models and partnerships between the public and private sectors work? What needs […]
Nigeria is advised to treat agriculture as a potential solution for job creation, economic growth, and public health. Youth involvement should be developed, as well as a supportive financial system, recommended Dr. Peter Hartmann of the National Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER). http://www.vanguardngr.com/2011/09/agriculture-offers-recipe-for-nigeria%E2%80%99s-economic-challenges/
The HCM City Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has cooperated with the Investment and Trade Promotion Centre to launch a website on agricultural products for export. Rice export licenses and RICE exporters hit hard by rising prices.
Philippines – LIBONA, Bukdinon, July 18 (PIA) – In effort to improve the agricultural sector in the Philippines, about Php 5.2million worth of agricultural projects were turned-over by the Department of Agriculture (DA) to the local government unit (LGU). Of particular interest ares a village-scale corn cob dryer program to protect against PHL during the rainy season and […]
The Minister of Trade and Industry launched AGRIFA 2011 (Agricultural Fair) with a call on investors to invest heavily in the agricultural sector of the Ghanaian economy. Another article about AGRIFA found here.
Food Price Volatility Directly affects farmers as investments in seed, technology, etc. are made before post-harvest price is known. Recent food hikes have pushed 44+ million into poverty (over half of developing countries’ income is spent on food). http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/67981/christopher-b-barrett-and-marc-f-bellemare/why-food-price-volatility-doesnt-matter