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Forest products critical to fight hunger – including insects / New study highlights role of insects for food and feed consumption

ROME, Italy, May 13, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ Forests, trees on farms and agroforestry are critical in the fight against hunger and should be better integrated into food security and land use policies, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today at the International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition in Rome (13-15 May).

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Kenya’s Newest Payments Innovation: Equity and Google launch Electronic Payments

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Zimbabwe’s new found diamonds, a curse or blessing for local communities?

When communities in Zimbabwe’s Manicaland province in the Marange/Odzi region constituting Chimanimani, Marange, Buhera and Chipinge heard of diamond discoveries in their area they thought that their impoverished lives were going to improve.

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NEW SEED LEGISLATION SPELLS DISASTER FOR SMALL FARMERS IN AFRICA

Civil society organisations from the SADC region, and around the world have condemned the SADC draft Protocol for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (Plant Breeders’ Rights) as spelling disaster for small farmers and food security in the region. These groups, representing millions of farmers in Africa and around the world have submitted their concerns to the SADC Secretariat. They are calling for the rejection of the Protocol and urgent consultations with farmers, farmer movements and civil society before it’s too late.

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Madagascar needs more than $41 million to end locust plague / Half of the country infested by locusts – food production seriously at risk

ROME, Italy, March 26, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ Madagascar needs more than $22 million of emergency funding by June to start fighting a severe locust plague that threatens the country’s next cropping seasons and the food security of more than half the country’s population, FAO said today. The agency underlined, however, that a three-year strategy is needed – requiring an additional $19 million.

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Africa’s Agriculture and Agribusiness Markets Set to Top US$ One Trillion in 2030

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Africa has the potential to create a trillion-dollar food market
  • But farmers need better access to help them grow and trade their products
  • A new report outlines challenges and solutions to Africa’s Agriculture and Agribusiness sectors

WASHINGTON –A new World Bank report “Growing Africa: Unlocking the Potential of Agribusiness,” says that Africa’s farmers and agribusinesses could create a trillion-dollar food market by 2030 if they can expand their access to more capital, electricity, better technology and irrigated land to grow high-value nutritious foods.  The report calls on governments to work side-by-side with agribusinesses, to link farmers with consumers in an increasingly urbanized Africa.

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Africa’s Food Markets Could Create One Trillion Dollar Opportunity by 2030

WASHINGTON, March, 2013 – Africa’s farmers and agribusinesses could create a trillion-dollar food market by 2030 if they can expand their access to more capital, electricity, better technology and irrigated land to grow high-value nutritious foods, and if African governments can work more closely with agribusinesses to feed the region’s fast-growing urban population, according to a new World Bank report launched today.

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New UN Report Warns of Uncertain Future for African Elephants / Elephant Poaching Doubled & Illegal Ivory Trade Tripled in Last Decade Endangering Already Fragile Populations / Enhanced Law Enforcement, International Collaboration and Reducing Demand Required to Avert Crises

BANGKOK, Thailand, March 6, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ Populations of elephants in Africa continue to be under severe threat as the illegal trade in ivory grows – with double the numbers of elephants killed and triple the amounts of ivory seized, over the last decade.

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Africa’s Food Markets Could Create One Trillion Dollar Opportunity by 2030

WASHINGTON, March 4, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Africa’s farmers and agribusinesses could create a trillion-dollar food market by 2030 if they can expand their access to more capital, electricity, better technology and irrigated land to grow high-value nutritious foods, and if African governments can work more closely with agribusinesses to feed the region’s fast-growing urban population, according to a new World Bank report launched today.

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Commissioner Piebalgs to launch new food security and energy projects during his visit to Burundi

BRUSSELS, Kingdom of Belgium, February 20, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ During a two-day visit to Burundi (21-22/02), EU Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs will announce an €18 million new project on food security for the benefit of around 20,000 households and to treat 80,000 undernourished children in the country. He will also launch a second project, worth €50 million, to provide access to sustainable energy for a million of Burundi’s citizens, particularly for those living in rural areas.

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Counterpart, U.S. Labor Department to combat child labor in Burkina Faso

ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Educational incentives for children and alternate livelihoods for their families are part of a new program to protect youth from the worst forms of underage labor in the impoverished West African nation of Burkina Faso, Counterpart International announced.  (www.Counterpart.org)

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AFRICAN GREAT GREEN WALL: A FLAGSHIP PROGRAMME REPRESENTING AFRICA’S CONTRIBUTION TO THE ACHIEVEMENT OF NEUTRAL LAND DEGRADATION

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, December 6, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ – What are the achievements reached so far to operationalize the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel (GGWSSI) and what are the best ways and means to attract more donors and boost the implementation of the initiative? These two major questions and some others were at the heart of a side event on the GGWSSI, organised at the margins of CoP18, on Tuesday 5 December 2012, in Doha, Qatar.

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Africare to outline essential role of civil society, small-scale farming and best practices at this year’s AgriBusiness Forum

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Deforestation Costing Kenyan Economy Millions of Dollars Each Year and Increasing Water Shortage Risk, UNEP and Kenya Forest Service Report Finds / Services from Kenya’s Water Towers Underpin Many Sectors of Economy

NAIROBI, Kenya, November 5, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ Deforestation deprived Kenya’s economy of 5.8 billion shillings ($US 68 million) in 2010 and 6.6 billion shillings in 2009, far outstripping the roughly 1.3 billion shillings injected from forestry and logging each year, according to a joint Kenya Forest Service (KFS) and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report.

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2012 Global Hunger Index: World Hunger Declines, but Progress Is Slow and Threatened by Unsustainable Use of Natural Resources

 

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The 2012 Global Hunger Index (GHI), launched today by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Welthungerhilfe, and the international humanitarian organization Concern Worldwide, shows that progress in reducing the number of hungry people in the world has been tragically slow. According to the Index, world hunger remains serious while unsustainable use of land, water, and energy threaten the food security of the poorest and most vulnerable.

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Nairobi Garbage Dump Causing Cancer, Respiratory Infection, and Health Complications, Threatening 200,000 of City’s Poorest People, Says Concern Worldwide

 

NEW YORK, Sept. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The international humanitarian organization Concern Worldwide has launched a report (http://bit.ly/Oedmq3) on the profound health and human rights violations that Nairobi‘s sprawling 30-acre Dandora garbage dump is inflicting on some 200,000 of the city’s poorest residents. Based on evidence collected in the surrounding neighborhoods, Concern found that the dumpsite has greatly impacted human health, directly causing increased rates of respiratory disease, endocrine complications, and cancer. At least half of children living around the dumpsite have heavy metal concentrations in their blood that exceed the maximum level set by the World Health Organization.

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Soros Economic Development Fund and IFU Invest Millions in Food Security and Clean Cooking Venture in Africa

 

Funding for CleanStar Mozambique benefits smallholder farmers and the environment, creates jobs, and protects families from indoor air pollution

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