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AfDB Approves U.S.$ 258 Million Loans and Grants to Burkina Faso, Mozambique and Niger

The African Development Bank approved $258 million US in loans and grants to Burkina Faso, Mozambique, and Niger. These grants focus on the creation of a sound business environment, development of policies, land tenure security, new infrastructure, and other issues.

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Rabi Conference Accords High Priority to Enhancing Food Grain Production to Achieve 245 MT Target

The recent two-day National Conference on Agriculture for Rabi Campaign 2011 has led to the outcome that 245 million tons of Rabi as needing to be produced for the next season, as well as a focus on location-specific high yielding crop varieties. “The conference advised the States to specially concentrate on critical areas such as […]

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North Korea Food Crisis Worsens as Prices Jump, Aid Vanishes

North Korea is facing a shortfall of 700,000 metric tons of food this year due to summer floods and a harsh winter, a drop in aid and trade, and rise in food prices. South Korea is seen as a crucial factor in helping its northern brother, but policy continues to keep the amount of aid […]

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Food Security 2011: Transforming the Food Production System

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 […]

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Experts Outline Options for Ending Horn of Africa’s Food Vulnerability

Experts at a conference hosted by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), African Union – Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), and the CGIAR Consortium unanimously called for more agricultural research, market infrastructure development, and robust policies and partnerships. Practical applications included: diversification of crops better suited for drylands, better storage, partnerships to scale up […]

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Tackling the Burgeoning Agrarian Crisis in India

India’s agrarian crisis has led to the suicides of over 250,000 farmers since 1995. Current programs and ‘new’ organizations are not aiding the root issue – farmers still lack access to credit, have high transaction costs, are exposed to exploitative middlemen, and poor quality technologies and contracts that are difficult to acquire. The author suggests […]

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Ghanaian United Front Party Focuses on Agriculture and Value Addition to Primary Products

New political party having a focus on private sector development in the economy, business, and entrepreneurship for youth. Agriculture a focus, as well as primary product value-addition. http://www.dailyguideghana.com/?p=23241

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Surinder Sud: Give Food Some Thought

Foodgrain mismanagement, imprudent trade decisions, and lack of advanced supply chain infrastructure have had high impacts on Indian farm-to-market connections, resulting in high PHL. Policy changes and reform of the ‘mandi’ system are seen as solutions to the issue, as well as private investment – and a reformation of the entire agribusiness chain of activities. […]

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Aiding Famine Victims in Somalia

The Somalian famine is seen as a result of bad politics, terrorist activity in blocking aid, and Western countries being unsure of how to interact with the unstable government. Drought and climate change have a large role in the famine, but it is the issue of governmental instability that prevents the country from reversing their […]

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The Deplorable Plight of the Gambian Farmer

A call for de-politicization in Gambian PHL efforts comes with an editorial review of the history of government involvement in agricultural problems within the country. http://www.freedomnewspaper.com/Homepage/tabid/36/mid/367/newsid367/6575/Gambia–The-deplorable-plight-of-the-Gambian-farmer/Default.aspx

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