African Heroes and the Superpowers of Agriculture-OPINION

By Strive Masiyiwa,
For most people, the notion of a hero conjures up images of brave individuals risking their lives for others, or “superheroes” from comic books or films, armed with supernatural powers. But what Africa needs, each and every day, are heroes of a different sort – “action heroes” with ideas and vision, ready to respond to challenges that could determine the fate of a continent with a land mass larger than the United States, Western Europe, China and India combined. This is a lot of land, with a lot of potential.

Cultivating Africa’s Economic Fortunes on the Family Farm

By Agnes Kalibata, President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).
This week I joined more than a dozen of the world’s sharpest minds on African agriculture in an unprecedented effort to devote an entire issue of the influential magazine Foreign Affairs to consider the future of the African farmer in our digital age.

Climate Talks Want to Give Priority to Agriculture

Report: Majority of National Climate Plans Address Agriculture, But Most Lack Funds for Footing the Annual USD 5 Billion Bill To Make Farming Climate-Resilient and Reduce Emissions from Food Production

First-ever analysis of agriculture in national climate plans calls on negotiators to ramp up investments in the sector; plans from world’s largest agriculture emitters—U.S., India and China—vague on details

Women Farmers Are Key to a Food-Secure Africa: Q&A

Busani Bafana interviews JANE KARUKU, the first woman president of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa. Jane Karuku, the new AGRA boss, dreams of seeing smallholder farmers become the drivers in Africa's quest for food security.

BULAWAYO, May 11, 2012 (IPS) - While women constitute the majority of food producers, processors and marketers in Africa, their role in the agricultural sector still remains a minor one because of cultural and social barriers.

Food Imports Drive Inflation in East Africa

Xinhua News: Food Imports Drive Inflation in Eastern Africa
15 February 2012

Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda can reduce inflation by almost a half if they achieve adequate food security status, enabling them to shake off food imports that contribute to high inflation, leaders of the central banks in the region said on Tuesday.

Agriculture key to Climate Change Mitigation, Adaptation

Agriculture key to climate change mitigation, adaptation
Africa Science Technology & Innovation News-AFRICA STI
The world’s agriculture sector can contribute to climate change mitigation, while at the same time helping countries to adapt to climate change, say 14 scientists writing in the January 20 edition of the peer-reviewed journal Science.

Members of the contributing team are drawn from 12 countries and it includes South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research systems ecologist, Bob Scholes.

Agriculture and Climate Change: A Scoping Report

Patrick Luganda NECJOGHA Online
This report, Agriculture and Climate Change: A Scoping Report, is a product of the Meridian Institute-convened Global Dialogues on Climate Change and Agriculture initiated in August 2010. Reflecting the special characteristics of the agricultural sector, this report aims to contribute to continued policy discussion on agriculture and climate change in the context of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (the Convention).