Foresight Africa 2016: Africa’s priorities for the year ahead

One Billion Hungry: Can We Feed the World?

foresightafrica_2016promo_16x9In a recent post we discussed some of the priorities for global development research. The Foresight Africa report, by the Brookings Institution‘s Africa Growth Initiative, has been assessing and laying out Africa’s top priorities for the year ahead since 2011. The Foresight Africa project is a series of reports, commentaries and events that aim to help policymakers and Africa watchers stay ahead of the trends and developments impacting the continent. The new Foresight Africa report, is a collection of issue briefs, viewpoints, and infographics on the major issues for Africa in 2016.

In 2016, African countries will have to react to many changes and challenges coming from outside the continent such as shifting dynamics in the global economy; potential adverse effects of China’s and other emerging economies’ economic slowdown; and decreasing commodity prices, all of which will require mitigation and policy reform. Within its borders, Africa also faces…

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Ethiopia-CGIAR country consultation meeting identifies five action areas for enhanced collaboration

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Dr Gebregziabher Gebreyohannes, Ethiopia State Minister of Livestock and Fishery for Livestock opens the consultation meeting HE Gebregziabher Gebreyohannes, Ethiopia State Minister of Livestock and Fishery, opens the consultation meeting (photo credit IWMI/D. Tadesse).

Five concrete areas of collaboration have been recommended in a meeting of CGIAR centres and national partners and key stakeholders in a move to better align CGIAR activities with the national Growth and Transformation Plan II (GTP 2015-2020). The meeting was scheduled following a decision by the Consortium of CGIAR centres to strengthen the alignment of CGIAR research with the priorities of national governments.

Improved coordination and collaboration of the second generation CGIAR research programs (CRPs), it was argued, will largely take place at country level where research outcomes are more likely to be achieved at scale when they are closely linked to national agricultural and related nutrition and health development priorities and initiatives.

Once the meeting report is finalized and reviewed, a country working group will move this agenda forward.

This…

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“We can only rest when we achieve zero hunger”

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FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva addresses the UN Sustainable Development Summit.

World’s 2030 goals put hunger and agriculture at the center of global policy

Eradication of hunger the linchpin for sustainable development agenda, FAO chief tells world leaders

Food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture are key to achieving the entire set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva has told world leaders in a plenary address at United Nations headquarters.

“We have given ourselves an enormous task, that begins with the historic commitment of not only reducing but also eradicating poverty and hunger in a sustainable way,” he said during his speech at the UN’s Sustainable Development Summit.

Fourteen of the 17 new SDGs adopted at the summit are related to FAO’s historic mission, the Director-General noted. The second goal – which is “to end hunger, achieve food security…

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ENDING HUNGER CRITICAL TO ENSURING DEVELOPMENT THAT IS SUSTAINABLE – UN OFFICIAL (UN News)

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New York, Apr 19 2012  4:05PM
The world must tackle the urgent challenge of ending hunger if it is to ensure a model of development that is sustainable over the long term, the head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) stressed today.

“We cannot call development sustainable if we are leaving almost one in every seven people behind, victims of undernourishment,” Director-General José Graziano da Silva <“http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/135242/icode/”>told participants at FAO’s biennial regional conference that began in Baku, Azerbaijan. “I am convinced ending hunger is a possible goal, with true political commitment. FAO is committed to this effort.”

The conference brings together government ministers and senior officials from the countries of Europe and Central Asia to discuss food security, agriculture, fisheries, and forestry issues. It will also decide on FAO’s future work programme in the region.

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SCAD’s home gardens for food security and nutrient deficiencies

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Kitchen Garden

An effective tool for household food security

in SCAD Newsletter Vol. 2 March 2015

Kitchen gardens or home gardens have the potential to improve household food security besides serving effectively to alleviate the micro nutrient deficiencies, quite a common phenomenon in rural areas. Raising different vegetables, fruits and medicinal plants on available land in and around the house premises is the easiest way to ensure access to healthy, fresh and poison-free food. This is especially important in rural areas where people have limited income-earning opportunities and the economically poor have less or no access to healthy food markets.

Mal nourishment and nutrition deficiency disorders are common among rural women and children. In order to improve nutrition and enhance household food security, SCAD initiated kitchen garden promotion in a striking manner. This programme encouraged home gardening to provide both food and income besides nutrition education for…

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