Africa

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DAKAR, 26 September 2011 (IRIN) – Agriculture is about food production, but often projects ultimately hurt communities’ health and nutrition. When the focus is tons and dollars, experts say, getting people the nutrients they need can be lost. Aid agencies and governments are increasingly looking at ways to ensure that agricultural investments support proper nutrition, [...]

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Post image for Clinton Urges Sharper Focus On Women in Global Agriculture

Washington — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says that while it is important to respond to urgent food crises, it is imperative that the international community stay focused on the long-term goal of strengthening global agriculture to reduce hunger and malnutrition. “The United Nations estimates that we need to increase global food production by [...]

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Agricultural innovation needs to be encouraged in a responsible manner and not strangled by a bureaucratic regulatory system. MORE than 200 years ago, the political economist, Thomas Malthus, predicted that population growth would eventually exceed the world’s ability to feed so many people. The challenge today is to feed additional billions, and this can be [...]

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Adapting agriculture in Africa to accommodate drastic climate changes will reap benefits for future food security and the poor, International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane says. “Food security is important to Africa’s economy as it impacts heavily on a country’s poverty alleviation and sustainable development plans,” she said at an African ministerial meeting on [...]

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Turkish experts and journalists will travel to famine-stricken Somalia on Monday to find permanent solutions to the country’s problems. Turkish experts and journalists will travel to famine-stricken Somalia on Monday to find permanent solutions to the country’s problems. A delegation comprised of 170 people including experts of several Turkish institutions and journalists would fly to [...]

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The Trade ministry has cleared 20 Ugandan registered companies to import duty free sugar. The companies will receive tax waivers as soon as they declare the volume of sugar they have imported. “We will be giving tax waivers to 40,000 metric tonnes of sugar for the first six months as we observe how the market [...]

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Post image for A fruitful reach for area ports

Oranges in August? Clementines in back-to-school lunch boxes? Yes, say the citrus growers of South Africa, the world’s second-largest citrus exporter. Why not import more citrus from the Southern Hemisphere, they say, when Florida oranges and Texas grapefruit are out of season? Holt Marine Terminals in Gloucester City hosted a visit this week by Ebrahim [...]

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Mabira must go, Museveni tells district officials President Museveni has agreed to give away part of Mabira Forest for sugarcane growing to a private company. Addressing district leaders and agriculturalists at Entebbe State House yesterday, the President said the giveaway of the forest to the Sugar Corporation of Uganda Limited (Scoul) in Lugazi, Mukono, would [...]

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Post image for Who Controls Our Seed And Therefore, Our Food And Farming?

Increasingly, big corporations are taking control over Seed! 64 years after India attained its Independence, not many might remember the insidious ways in which colonization of this country actually took place, to gradually subjugate our communities in a variety of ways. Not many might recall the East India Company making commerce and trade the means [...]

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Post image for Experts: La Niña, Climate Change Impact East African Drought

Scientists concerned about future effects. Experts say the Pacific ocean phenomenon known as La Niña is partly to blame for the drought ravaging the Horn of Africa But while the latest La Niña episode has ended, climate scientists are concerned about what the next few months will bring and the intensifying effects of a changing [...]

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Post image for GM crops debate rages on as 3.5 million Kenyans face starvation

As an estimated 3.5 million people face starvation in Kenya due to the worst drought in the past six decades, the debate on whether or not genetically modified (GM) foods will solve the country’s perennial food shortage rages on. Even as the government advocates for the commercialisation of GM crops, some stakeholders are writing this [...]

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Post image for East Africa’s humanitarian crisis deteriorates rapidly as aid effort fails to keep pace

International agency Oxfam says governments and donors must act with greater urgency in the face of a deteriorating crisis and rising needs in East Africa. Donors must move beyond promises and immediately turn money pledged into action on the ground, as more than half a million people are at risk of starvation, the agency said. [...]

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Post image for Nigeria: Kano, Jigawa Farmers Trained On Fertilizer Application

This year’s farming season began in different northern parts of the country with rigorous farming activities for good harvest. For farmers in Kano and Jigawa to have good yield, International Centre for Soil Fertility and Agricultural Development (IFCD) set the pace for farmers in these states as the international farming body came in to help [...]

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NEW DELHI: Stretching the canvas of their global partnership, India and the US have joined hands to forge a triangular arrangement with Liberia, Malawi and Kenya to promote food security in these African countries. Collaborating on sharing innovations, specially relating to agriculture and education, figured in the delegation-level talks between External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna [...]

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