food security

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.

FAO says New approaches needed to meet sustainable development challenges

FAO Director-General stresses need for collaboration beyond traditional silos

22 March 2016, Rome -- The international community needs to find new and innovative ways of working together if it is to meet the goals laid out in the UN's new Sustainable Development Agenda -- and eradicate hunger and poverty, in particular -- FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said at the Forum for the Future of Agriculture in Brussels today.

El Nino Hits Southern Africa Hard

El Niño set to have a devastating impact on Southern Africa’s harvests and food security; Forecasts suggest a scenario of extensive, regional-scale crop failure

Joint statement by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET), the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the World Food Programme (WFP).

Ten Questions For Us Presidential Candidates On Food

State of Food US Concern: In a recent poll by the Union of Concerned Scientists, 94 percent of American voters expressed concern about the state of the food system – and also said that food was a very important issue to them. More than ever before, Americans are concerned about what they’re eating, how it was grown, where it was grown, and by whom.

Africa Should Empower Women To Address Food Security, Say Experts

Nairobi Kenya: Star News
Africa Should Empower Women To Address Food Security

December 7, 2015

Food insecurity is a major problem that is experienced in the developing nations particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.

It is expected the population will continue to rise through the next decades. This means more food is required to meet the needs of the increasing population.

Ensuring sustainable food security calls for the adoption of a different approach. There is a need to address gender inequalities.

FAO Food Price Index falls to its lowest value in Six Years since September 2009_FAO

Rome, 4 June 2015 - Major food commodity prices declined again in May, hitting an almost six-year low as cereal prices fell substantially amid a favourable outlook for this year's harvests.

The FAO Food Price Index averaged 166.8 points in May, down 1.4 percent from April and as much as 20.7 percent from a year earlier. FAO has also upgraded its May 2015 forecast for global production of wheat, coarse grains and rice, anticipating bigger maize harvests in China and Mexico as well as more abundant wheat harvests in Africa and North America.

Scientists Discover New Heat Tolerant Bean Varieties s to Beat Climate Change

Surprising Discovery of Elite Heat-Tolerant Beans Could Save
“Meat of the Poor” from Global Warming

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA (25 MARCH 2015)—Amidst fears that global warming could zap a vital source of protein that has sustained humans for centuries, bean breeders with the CGIAR global agriculture research partnership announced today the discovery of 30 new types, or lines as plant breeders refer to them, of “heat-beater” beans that could keep production from crashing in large swaths of bean-dependent Latin America and Africa.

White House Release on Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa

Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa

Jun 28, 2013 (Menafn - WHITE HOUSE RELEASE)Since coming into office in 2009, President Obama has made global food security a foreign policy priority. At last year's Camp David G-8 Summit, President Obama joined with other G-8 leaders, African heads of state, the African Union and private sector leaders in launching the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, with an ambitious pledge to lift 50 million people out of poverty in sub-Saharan Africa by 2022.

Climate Forecast for June, July and August in Lusoga Language Uganda

June, July & August Forecast in Lusoga language for Near Eastern Uganda
Okutwaliiza aghalala; entebereza eti bwenaaba mu Uganda:
Okuva omwezi gwomukaaga okutuuka ogwomunaana okutwaliza aghalala tikiseera kyamaadi kutoonha okusinga mubitundu eb’yobugwandhuuba, ebitundu ebiri ghagati gha Uganda, ebitundu eb’yenhanda Lake Victoria n’ebitundu eby’omubuvandhuba. Aye, kino kiseera k’yamaadhi kutoonha mumambuka ga Uganda.

UNEP Announces Africa Food Security Conference

Africa Food security conference with title "Harnessing Ecosystem based Approaches for Food Security and Adaptation to climate change In Africa

The Africa Adaptation Knowledge Network (AAKNet) is planning an Africa Food security conference with title "Harnessing Ecosystem based Approaches for Food Security and Adaptation to climate change In Africa" slated to take place in Nairobi by 20-21, August 2013

Global population to soar to 11 billion by 2100 as African population quadruples

By Jill Reilly June 2013 The Daily Mail UK

The world’s population will reach almost eleven billion by the end of the century because of soaring birth rates in Africa, according to new research.
The latest projection is about 800 million - eight percent - more than a previous UN forecast of 10.1 billion issued in 2011.

Researchers had expected fertility on the poorest continent where a woman will give birth to an average of 5.2 children in her lifetime, to fall more quickly than it has.


Open Forum for Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa marks 5th anniversary

ACCRA: 2 May 2012 - AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY AWARENESS IN AFRICA:Expansion of the Forum’s activities to contribute to an enabling environment for agricultural biotechnology that will allow for the testing and delivery of innovative tools to help farmers enhance their food security and create wealth for their families and nations

Forests, potential solution in the fight against hunger,says FAO

Attention to forest foods and services can improve food security in poor nations
26 October 2011, Rome – The role of forests in providing timber and other wood products must not overshadow their important contribution to feeding many of the world's poorest communities, a group of international forest organizations and secretariats said today.

'Soil is Key to Global Warming, Food Security'

CHANGWON, Oct 21, 2011 (IPS) - Luc Gnacadja, in his second three-year term as executive secretary, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), is widely seen as delivering on his commitment to manage the world's drylands.

At the UNCCD’s Oct. 10 - 21, 10th conference of the parties (COP-10), he has made substantial progress in bringing this ‘poor sister’ of the three Rio Conventions (Climate Change, Biodiversity and Desertification) closer to its rightful place.

Southern Africa Farmers Use ‘Fertilizer Trees’ to Dramatically Improve Food Security

NAIROBI, KENYA (14 October 2011)—As World Food Day Puts Focus on Food Crises, Research Shows Potential for Rapid, Radical Transformation on Smallholder Farms. On a continent battered by weather extremes, famine and record food prices, new research released today from the World Agroforestry Centre documents an exciting new trend in which hundreds of thousands of poor farmers in Southern Africa are now significantly boosting yields and incomes simply by using fast growing trees and shrubs to naturally fertilize their fields.