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Intensive farming won’t increase food security, argue experts
15 June 2018

Intensive farming won’t increase food security, argue experts

A group of farming experts have questioned calls that increased food production will guarantee a decline in hunger.

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New soil productivity programme launched by FAO for Africa
14 June 2018

New soil productivity programme launched by FAO for Africa

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and its Global Soil Partnership have announced new plans to improve soil productivity in Africa and reduce to soil degradation and food insecurity.

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Interview with Caroline Mowngera, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
16 May 2018

Interview with Caroline Mowngera, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

We caught up with Caroline Mowngera a Farming systems & Climate Change Scientist at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) ahead of her appearance at the Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Summit on 16th May 2018. Caroline will speak on the panel 'Profiling Climate Risk and CSA opportunities to de-risk Agriculture'.

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Winner of the CSA Project of the Year Award Announced
15 May 2018

Winner of the CSA Project of the Year Award Announced

Aid & International Development Forum is delighted to announce the winner of the Project of the Year Award 2018 at the Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Summit.

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Mali to improve its early warning systems for climate disasters
08 May 2018

Mali to improve its early warning systems for climate disasters

Mali has launched a new multi-hazard early warning system to strengthen resilience to climate risks and natural hazards.

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Hunger in the Sahel is a ‘looming disaster’
04 May 2018

Hunger in the Sahel is a ‘looming disaster’

Humanitarian relief workers have warned that about 5 million people in the Sahel are suffering from severe hunger and are in urgent need of food and livelihood assistance.

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$4.1 billion committed to help developing countries meet environmental goals.
26 April 2018

$4.1 billion committed to help developing countries meet environmental goals.

A fresh injection of $4.1 billion from the international community has been made available to help prevent biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Rwanda launches its largest climate resilience initiative to date
25 April 2018

Rwanda launches its largest climate resilience initiative to date

380,000 people are set to benefit from a new climate change resilience project in Rwanda.

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Solar irrigation systems could dramatically improve farming practices, says FAO
16 April 2018

Solar irrigation systems could dramatically improve farming practices, says FAO

FAO’s latest report ‘The Benefits and Risks of Solar Powered Irrigation - a global overview’ highlights the significant potential for solar powered irrigation systems to increase sustainable water use. The report highlights that solar powered irrigation systems are an affordable technology for small and large scale farmers in developing countries.

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Agro-ecology key to overcoming hunger and climate crises, say FAO
09 April 2018

Agro-ecology key to overcoming hunger and climate crises, say FAO

Agro-ecology is a farming style that focuses on utilising nature for food production without damaging it, it can also be referred to as sustainable agriculture, ecological agriculture or low-external input agriculture. FAO believes these techniques are critical to solve issues of food insecurity among a growing population, increasing resilience to climate change and raising the earnings of farmers.

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Interview with Debisi O. Araba, Africa Director, International Center for Tropical Agriculture
27 March 2018

Interview with Debisi O. Araba, Africa Director, International Center for Tropical Agriculture

We spoke to Debisi O. Araba ahead of his appearance at the Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Summit.

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Does satellite data hold the answer to agricultural challenges in Africa?
21 March 2018

Does satellite data hold the answer to agricultural challenges in Africa?

There has been a significant growth in the availability of satellite data in recent years, providing access to information on air quality, soil composition, ocean currents, and seismic activity. Satellite images offer a 3D view of the earth and a close to real time analysis. Experts argue that sustainable agriculture and food security processes are limited by a lack of information. Satellite data fills this gap while also offering the potential to map deforestation, urbanisation and flooding.

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Agri-tech is transforming Africa’s agricultural industry
19 March 2018

Agri-tech is transforming Africa’s agricultural industry

Agriculture has a significant role in Africa as it employs 65% of the work force and contributes 32% of GDP, according to the World Bank. Similarly, approximately 70% of Africa’s population depend directly on agriculture for their livelihood. However, the African agricultural industry is currently facing a number of problems with low productivity. This has been compounded by climate change, a lack of technical expertise and the migration of young people away from rural areas and into cities.

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Extreme weather is adversely impacting poor farmers, says FAO
16 March 2018

Extreme weather is adversely impacting poor farmers, says FAO

A new report from the UN’s food agency has highlighted how an increased prevalence of natural disasters is causing billions of dollars in agricultural losses around the developing world. The study, released by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), details how between 2005 and 2015 natural disasters cost $96 billion of damages to the agricultural sectors around the world.

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