Bill Gates launches chicken plan to help Africa poor

Camel, food security and climate change

No doubt, rural chicken is playing pivotal in the socio-economic, socio-cultural and food security chapters of the rural and remote regions of the world. The chicken model for rural micro-development and poverty reduction is always appreciated and accepted globally. Bill Gates has rightly chosen this special small creature to help the rural poor of Africa. I hereby share my experience so for in this field and comment in the ensuing lines.
For several years, I worked with the projects like that (Bill Gates launches chicken plan to help Africa poor) in rural areas of Pakistan, especially Balochistan. I’m the witness of many projects; given livestock heads to the rural poor to achieve the objectives as following.
  • Provision of rich/important sources of food (protein, minerals and vitamins) for the family use, like milk, egg  and meat etc. This part is especially important for the children and women
  • To get rid from…

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Food security under threat

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A new science paper, published on Thursday, has warned that plans to fund programmes to boost small-scale agriculture in developing countries with billions of dollars are unlikely to succeed.

This is due to increasing populations, changing environments and “intellectual commitment” to ubiquitous small-scale and mixed farmers who raise both crops and animals.

“In most regions of the world, farming systems are under intense pressure, but the problems are not the same everywhere.

“In the past, farmers have developed the ability to adapt to small changes in terms of weather patterns and access to fertile land and water.

But the rapid rates of change seen in many developing countries today outstrip the capacity of many to adapt,” said Mario Herrero, ILRI Senior scientist and the paper’s lead author.

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Factors determining household market participation in small ruminant production in Ethiopia


Small ruminants, which account for more than half of the domesticated ruminants in the world, are an important component of the farming systems in most developing countries.

Despite their economic and social importance, socioeconomic and marketing research on small ruminants has so far been limited, a fact which also holds strongly true in Ethiopia.

This study, based on survey data of 5004 Ethiopian smallholder households, uses analysis of descriptive information and econometric analysis to draw implications to promote market orientation.

Econometric results are based on estimation of bivariate, ordinal, and multinomial probit models. We find that herd size, herd structure, access to livestock market, and involvement in the institutional services of extension and credit stand out as the most important factors affecting market participation behaviour of households.

Results imply that an effective package of interventions to promote market-oriented small ruminant production will need to include development of livestock market infrastructure…

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Empowering Africa’s women agricultural scientists (New Agriculturist)


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The recent Second Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD2) put the needs of women in agriculture at the forefront of the agricultural reform agenda. Women comprise nearly half the world’s farmers yet are often not even categorised as farmers; their needs receive scant attention, whether from agricultural research and advisory institutions, enabling policies or access to inputs and land. GCARD2 has highlighted the need for major change in the way institutions think about farmers, their knowledge and innovation needs and the gender-based differences and challenges in meeting these. The conference carried a strong and persistent message of change, with issues of youth, women, nutrition and sustainability at the heart of the processes discussed.

At the conference, Vicki Wilde, director of African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), chaired a session on the learning and empowerment of women and youth. She shared insights gained…

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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.


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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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