Month: December 2014

Pieces of the Innovation Puzzle: Empowering Women

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The UN Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that if women farmers had the same opportunities as their male counterparts, up to 150 million fewer people would be hungry today. Find out how Agricultural innovation can help.

Six Pieces of the Innovation Puzzle: Part 6 – Empowering Women

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that if women farmers had the same opportunities as their male counterparts, up to 150 million fewer people would be hungry today. Yet female farmers still struggle for land rights, resource access and the ability to sell their food in a market. Gender equality means food security for more people. The World Bank…

Six Pieces of the Innovation Puzzle: Part 5 – Nutrition

By Dr Dyno (J.D.H.) Keatinge, AIRCA Chair and Director General of AVRDC, Dr Trevor Nicholls, CEO of CABI and Dr Amit Roy, President and CEO of IFDC In 2010, 925 million people were undernourished. Poor nutrition causes 45% of deaths in children under five, or 3.1 million children each year. To provide enough nutritious food for a growing population, we…

Pieces of the Innovation Puzzle: Nutrition

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Poor nutrition causes 45% of deaths in children under five, or 3.1 million children each year. To provide enough nutritious food for a growing population, we need innovation.

Rice Farmers to Reap Big in New Plan

Fertilizer Deep Placement has been introduced in Kenya. The new technology is expected to boost yields for over 6,000 rice farmers. View full article.

App to Hook up Farmers with Buyers

IFDC has launched the E-Prod app in Kenya, which will help “connect farmers with agriculture enterprises.” The goal is to increase production and marketing. Read full article.

Pieces of the Innovation Puzzle: Engaging Youth – Creating Opportunities On and Off the Farm

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The survival of farms depends on the next generation. This new workforce can accelerate economic growth and food security.

Six Pieces of the Innovation Puzzle: Part 4 – Engaging Youth – Creating Opportunities On and Off the Farm

Many rural youths are seeking higher-paying jobs in urban centers. Their exodus strains the farms that provide 80 percent of the regions’ available food. To ensure this demand is met, we must offer profitable agricultural opportunities for young people both on and off the farm. The current youth population (around 1.6 billion) nearly matches that of the entire earth in…

Healthy Soil: The Foundation for Healthy People and Landscapes

Healthy soil: the foundation for healthy people and landscapes By Dr Dyno (J.D.H.) Keatinge, AIRCA Chair and Director General of AVRDC, Dr Trevor Nicholls, CEO of CABI and Dr. Amit Roy, President and CEO of IFDC On 5 December – World Soil Day – we celebrate the importance of soil as a foundation for healthy people and landscapes. As global…

Healthy Soil for a Healthy World

This blog was adapted from Dr. Amit Roy’s contribution to the International Fertilizer Industry Association publication, “Soils and Fertilizers: Expert Views.” Farmers need healthy soil to produce enough food for the world’s increasing population. The proper use of fertilizer gives soil the nutrients that plants need to thrive. Using too little or too much fertilizer affects soil productivity. Fertilizer’s high…

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