Month: October 2012

USAID Creates Market Linkages for Textile Artisan Groups at SIAO 2012

October 26, 2012 – Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso – The government of the United States of America supports the cotton sector in West and Central Africa through the USAID West African Cotton Improvement Program (USAID WACIP). The program covers Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mali, commonly known as C-4 countries, plus Senegal. USAID WACIP is helping increase producers’ income in cotton-growing…

Regional Trade Key to African Food Security, World Bank Says

“The World Bank is urging African countries to strengthen regional food trade, suggesting that food security could be greatly enhanced simply by allowing farmers to trade more easily across the continent. Currently, despite massive food insecurity, just five percent of Africa’s imported cereals come from other African countries. Depending instead on far-flung imports from countries in Europe or Southeast Asia,…

Food and Climate: A New Warning

A new study has found that climate change will greatly affect rice agriculture. If management practices and rice varieties remain the same, rice yields could decrease by one-third and emissions of methane from rice farms could increase by 58 percent. This could cause greenhouse gas emissions to more than double. According to scientist Dr. Kees Jan van Groenigen, “This is…

World Food Day

October 16, 2012 – MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. USA – Established in 1981 by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, World Food Day (October 16) provides an opportunity to highlight solutions to hunger and poverty and achievements in food security and agricultural development. This year’s theme, “Agricultural cooperatives: key to feeding the world,” recognizes the role cooperatives,…

International Day of Rural Women

October 15, 2012 – MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. USA – Today, IFDC recognizes the important role that rural women play in agriculture around the world. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, women produce between 60 and 80 percent of food in most developing countries and about half of the world’s food supply. First observed in…

IFDC Implements USAID Livestock Support Program in Kyrgyzstan

October 9, 2012 – Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) a third phase of its Economic Development Fund (EDF) activities in Kyrgyzstan in late September. With an overall goal of improving food security and poverty alleviation, the EDF is a special program that invests in critical agricultural…

Rwanda: Fertilizer Distribution to Be Privatized

Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) a third phase of its Economic Development Fund (EDF) activities in Kyrgyzstan in late September. With an overall goal of improving food security and poverty alleviation, the EDF is a special program that invests in critical agricultural sub-sectors, and is implemented…

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