Gender gaps: Bane of Africa’s agricultural R&D

Africa’s agricultural production is negatively affected by gaps in gender-responsive agricultural research, experts say.
The gaps include fewer agricultural female researchers than male counterparts. Gender-responsive research addresses the distinct needs and priorities of men and women.
According to the experts increased production and dissemination of gender-responsive research and innovations in agriculture could be a significant game-changer for Africa in realising food and nutrition security sustainably.

Thailand food security report points to increasing malnourishment and obesity in Thailand

Biodiversity, Sustainable Agriculture, and Food Sovereignty Action Thailand Foundation (BioThai) yesterday published its 2017 annual report on the food security situation for Thailand, which revealed a worrying trend of a widening inequality gap in the access to food. BioThai Foundation director Withoon Lienchamroon said that despite being a food exporting country, some 6.5 million Thais still did not get enough food and more than 600,000 children suffered from malnutrition, which affected their physical development. At the same time, the obesity rate had doubled from the last decade in Thailand and more than 5 million people were judged to be overweight.

Jamaican official urges unity among Latin American and Caribbean states to address food security

Jamaica’s Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Karl Samuda, says food security in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) can only be addressed by collaboration among countries while addressing the final press conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Regional Conference for LAC on Thursday at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, St James.