Month: August 2013

Ruth Oniang’o On Agriculture and Health Nexus

Prof. Ruth Oniang’o, founder and editor-in-chief of the African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development and founder/CEO of Rural Outreach Africa, spoke during a USAID Feed the Future panel on the Agriculture and Health Nexus. Oniang’o discusses the path that brought her to the world of food security and nutrition, declaring that “any hungry child is a scandal to this world.” Oniang’o is also a member of the VFRC board of advisors and chairperson of the Sasakawa Africa Association.

Primary Nutrients for Plant Growth


Like humans, plants require a specific set of nutrients to ensure healthy growth and development. If a plant’s soil is lacking in any one of these necessary nutrients, the remaining nutrients are limited in their effectiveness in helping the plant to grow. Through the judicious use of both organic and inorganic fertilizers, farmers around the world are overcoming these limiting nutrient factors – growing healthier crops with higher yields and feeding the world with greater amounts of nutrient-rich foods. For more information, view our educational video series “Primary Nutrients in Plant Growth.” To learn more about nutrient management, see our ISFM page.

Post-Harvest Grain Losses in Sub-Saharan Africa


Though some of the depleted soils of SSA are finding new life, and many smallholder farmers are growing and selling more food than ever before, increased yields are only one part of alleviating poverty and chronic hunger and malnutrition. Most smallholder farmers in SSA face the challenges of poor processing, storage and transportation infrastructure – forcing them to remain in a cycle of poverty.

IFDC is connecting smallholder farmers to public and private sector stakeholders who can increase processing efficiency, improve storage facilities and rehabilitate poor transportation infrastructure. These are key elements in strengthening a product’s value chain (all the linkages that take a crop from the farm gate to the dinner plate).

New Approach to Governments’ Fertilizer Subsidy Efforts in Sub-Saharan Africa

August 15, 2013 – JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – A new study that identifies commendable practices and key lessons for governments in Sub-Saharan countries in their fertilizer subsidy programs has been completed by the African Union’s New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency. ‘Practice and Policy Options for the Improved Design and Implementation of Fertilizer Subsidy Programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa’ is…

Existing Cropland Could Feed 4 Billion More

New research published by the University of Minnesota shows that reallocating croplands away from fuels and animal feed to food grown primarily for human consumption could boost food available for people by 70 percent without clearing more land. “We essentially have uncovered an astoundingly abundant supply of food for a hungry world, hidden in plain sight in the farmlands we…

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