Month: May 2012

No Sustainable Development Without Hunger Eradication

ROME, Italy – “Sustainable development cannot be realized unless hunger and malnutrition are eradicated, FAO said in a policy document prepared for the Rio+20 Summit to be held in June in Rio de Janeiro. ‘We cannot call development sustainable while this situation persists, while nearly one out of every seven men, women and children are left behind, victims of undernourishment,’…

New Issue Available: African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (AJFAND)

The 51st issue of the African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (AJFAND) is now available. AFJAND is a quarterly, peer-reviewed publication published by the Rural Outreach Africa (ROP Africa), a Kenya-based non-governmental organization that supports resource-poor farmer groups engaged in production and agro-processing at the community level. Initiated in 2001, AJFAND is one of the first continuously published…

Deux Manuels d’Inspection et d’Analyse en Cours de Validation a Lomé

LOMÉ, Togo – “Un atelier régional de validation de manuels d’inspection et d’analyse de la qualité des engrais en Afrique de l’Ouest s’est ouvert le mardi 29 mai à Lomé. Organisée conjointement par les commissions de la CEDEAO et de l’UEMOA en charge de l’agriculture avec l’appui technique du Projet « MIR Plus » et le soutien du ministère de…

Low Fertilizer Use to Blame for Poor Crop Yields

According to a study by IFDC, the Africa Fertilizer Agribusiness Partnership and AGMARK, only 30 percent of arable land in East Africa receives fertilizer. “This is due to the high costs of fertilizer importation into African countries,” said Philip Karuri, IFDC representative in Kenya. Studies of fertilizer markets in Ghana, Kenya and Tanzania were presented and discussed during a workshop…

Experts Gather in Accra to Discuss Their Track to a Green Revolution and Economic Prosperity

ACCRA, Ghana – Experts gathered in Accra to discuss Ghana’s agricultural strategic objectives and identify key milestones toward achieving a Green Revolution in the country. IFDC and other partners are assisting the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) in its efforts to transform smallholder farming in Ghana into a commercially viable and sustainable enterprise. For example, AGRA and…

Kenya to Receive US $33 Million Loan From IFAD and Eur 12.8 Million Loan From Spanish Trust Fund

ROME, Italy – “The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will provide a loan of US $33 million to the Republic of Kenya to finance the Upper Tana Catchment Natural Resource Management Project. An additional loan amount of EUR 12.8 million from the Spanish Food Security Cofinancing Facility Trust Fund will also be provided to fund the same project. This…

Global Fertilizer Industry Launches New Online Campaign

“The global fertilizer industry has launched a new online campaign called ‘Roots for Growth,’ highlighting the important role which fertilizers play in addressing global food security responsibly, efficiently and sustainably… …The campaign includes an array of new online materials, aimed at informing policy debates and encouraging dialogue. These include: Introductory ‘Roots for Growth’ video; Interactive infographics on food/nutrition security, soil…

Private Sector Organizations Commit to Support the G8 Food Security Agenda

SABMiller is among several private organizations contributing to the G8’s food security agenda. According to Gerry J. van den Houten of SABMiller: “Sourcing directly from smallholder farmers and helping them improve their productivity and yields not only enables them to grow more, and better, food for their own families; but also gives them access to improved income, allowing them to…

Africa Fertilizer Producers to Get Cheaper Credit

NAIROBI, Kenya – “Fertilizer producers in Kenya, Tanzania and Ghana are set to enjoy cheaper access to credit as a consortium of agriculture development partners work on a fertilizer investment plan that will increase availability of the commodity to African farmers…” IFDC studies of fertilizer markets in the three countries were presented and discussed during a workshop held May 15-16…

Obama Calls for Africa Aid as Companies Pledge $3 Billion

President Barack Obama launched today the “New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition,” a new partnership to bring 50 million people out of poverty in the next ten years. The program will bring together governments, the donor community, non-governmental organizations, civil society groups and the private sector to build sustainable economic growth. To kick off the effort, 45 companies have…

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