6 Steps to succeed in Agribusiness as a #Youth…my experience! #IYD2016

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Well its 12th August, 2016 and today been the International youth day, i decided to reflect on the Nigerian Youth and their get rich quick farming mentality. Everyone wants to become a cucumber farmer, now everyone wants to go into tomato farming, soon they will all rush into another quick returns agribusiness venture, even considering doing 2 acres of farm when they have never planted a mustard seed in their backyard, doing all this without any practical knowledge or training but ALL based on what some internet marketer put up in some e-book or what some mathematician cooked up in one corner of their one room and put on the internet…#shame!

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Several practical farmers creates opportunities for Youths to learn, rather what the youth does is get a land somewhere then after planting they start bombarding you with calls and of course you try to help a brother or sister…

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Sustained investment in smallholder agriculture key to food security (UNNews / FAO / IDB / Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Brasil)

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NEW AGREEMENTS WILL DELIVER FUNDS, EXPERTISE TO HELP UN COMBAT HUNGER

New York, Nov 15 2009  4:05PM

United Nations efforts to strengthen agriculture and enhance food security received a boost today, ahead of a major summit set to begin on Monday, thanks to new initiatives with the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and a leading Brazilian university.

The $1 billion <http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/37341/icode/>agreement signed in Rome by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (<http://www.fao.org/>FAO) and IDB will fund agricultural development in 26 least developed countries that are members of both the Bank and FAO. The agreement aims to help leverage additional resources and bring total investment in the IDB-FAO programme to $5 billion by 2012.

“This agreement comes at a critical moment, when the international community recognizes it has neglected agriculture for many years,” FAO stated in a news release. “Today, sustained investment in agriculture — especially smallholder agriculture…

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

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AID TO HORN OF AFRICA MUST BE LINKED TO BOOSTING LONG-TERM FOOD SECURITY – BAN

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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IN MY DESERTIFICATION LIBRARY : Book Nr. 05

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DRYLANDS, POVERTY AND DEVELOPMENT

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

Please click: DRYLANDS, POVERTY AND DEVELOPMENT

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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.
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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.

Read more…(Daily Guide – Ghana)

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

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