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Egypt: Pro-poor Horticulture Value Chains in Upper Egypt

A special horticulture program in Upper Egypt helps small farmers and agricultural workers to work more efficiently and improve their business partnerships through the benefit of a program known as the MDG Achievement Fund. Visit www.mdgfund.org to learn more about the program. http://www.mdgfund.org/content/propoorhorticulturevaluechainsupperegypt

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Market Sought for Surplus 500,000 Tons of Maize, Beans

As a result of various government programs in irrigation, mechanization, land use consolidation, and use of improved seeds and fertilizers, Rwanda now has a large surplus of maize and beans. The Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources reported a projected surplus of 300,000 tons of maize and 200,000 tons of beans this year. To cope, […]

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Exploring Sustainable Solutions for Increasing Global Food Supplies

‘Exploring Sustainable Solutions for Increasing Global Food Supplies’ is a report from a workshop held by the National Research Council. Agricultural issues related to climate change, energy efficiency, food value chain, political economy, and more are all discussed. http://www.scribd.com/doc/76873514/Exploring-Sustainable-Solutions

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Africa can Increase Food Yield Despite Climate Change Challenges, Says ECA’s Dione

At the recent United Nations COP17 climate change conference in Durban, South Africa, experts determined that Africa does have the potential to adapt to climate change implications in the continent and even quadruple production. “Strategies require first action to connect farmers to inputs and product markets through a value chain approach, private sector agro-input, agro […]

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Research Proposals Must Correspond to Present Day Food Security Need – Ahwoi

Ghana is encouraging research institutions to design research proposals that focus on the country’s issues in food security and income growth. The Minister of Food and Agriculture, Kwesi Ahwoi, said that agriculture is the key to the economic development and growth of the entire country, putting the issue on the national development agenda as a […]

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Ending Food Waste from Field to Fork

The African Development Bank Group published  slides from a recent conference (PDF), ‘The Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus,’ in Bonn, Germany. The slides provide a summary of major PHL issues in Africa, the reasons for loss, AfDB projects in the continent, and continued need for more projects and funding in the future. http://www.water-energy-food.org/documents/hottopicsessions/ht02/nexus_ht2_abou_sabaa.pdf  

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WFP Provides Capacity Building Training to Farmers

The World Food Programme’s Purchase for Progress (P4P) initiative has helped train 70 farmers in Northern Ghana on how to be more competitive players in the value chain, especially in terms of maize and cowpea production. The next stage of the program will be to train 520 smallholders on how to use modern farm implements […]

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Unido Asks Exporters to Support Setting up of Traceability System

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 […]

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Agric Ministry, CBN Partner on Marketing Infrastructure

The Nigerian Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is partnering with the Central Bank of Nigeria in order to strengthen marketing institutions and infrastructure for rural communities. The absence of ready markets for agricultural produce is a large factor in postharvest losses, and current rural and market infrastructure is inhibiting farmers from reaping the […]

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Why Food Price Volatility Doesn’t Matter

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

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