Longer-term efforts to boost food security in the Horn of Africa (UNNews)



New York, Jul 25 2011  1:05PM

Emergency delivery of aid to people facing drought-related hunger in the Horn of Africa must be accompanied by longer-term efforts to boost food security in the region, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling for an agricultural transformation that improves the livelihoods of rural communities in the region.

“Short-term relief must be linked to building long-term sustainability. This means an agricultural transformation that improves the resilience of rural livelihoods and minimizes the scale of any future crisis,” Mr. Ban said in a <“http://www.un.org/apps/sg/sgstats.asp?nid=5431”>message to delegates attending a United Nations-convened emergency ministerial meeting on the Horn of Africa in Rome.

“It means climate-smart crop production, livestock rearing, fish farming and forest maintenance practices that enable all people to have year-round access to the nutrition they need,” said Mr. Ban in the…

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Successful examples of rural institutions


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Members of this forest and farm producer organization in Guatemala are holding a meeting. Rural institutions can help rural communities strengthen their livelihoods and food security.

Forest and farm producer organizations are drivers of sustainable global development

Forest and farm producer organizations are key players in meeting the world’s growing demand for food and forest products, improving the lives of rural communities, and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  That is the key take-away of a new FAO publication launched today at the European Development Days in Brussels, Belgium, taking place on 15-16 June.

In the publication, FAO calls upon governments, development partners, civil society and the private sector to help channel further support to forest and farm producer organizations to enhance their ability to play a critical role as actors for sustainable global development.

“Through service-provision to their members, contributions to local economies and increasing…

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Posted by Prof. Dr. Willem Van Cotthem (Ghent University – Belgium)

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Having participated in all the meetings of the INCD (1992-1994) and all the meetings of the UNCCD-COP, the CST and the CRIC  in 1994-2006, I was able to collect a lot of interesting books on drought and desertification published in that period.

Book Nr. 05


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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

ILRI Clippings

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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Food security: Special issue of Science examines obstacles and solutions (ILRI Clippings)
Report says new…

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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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