Africa

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Wasted labour: Kenyan Farmers lost over Sh150 billion

by Dominic Omondi The Standard May 1, 2018

In 2017, Kenya Shilling 150 billion worth of food went to waste, tossed out or left to rot, a report that tries to track food waste has said. According to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), farmers lost earnings as they struggled to manage, store, and transport their produce to the mark...

Photo: Kenyan farmers sorting maize [courtesy The Standard]

How market-based agriculture affects homes’ food security

by Emmanuel Atamba The Standard May 1, 2018

Small-scale farmers contribute about 70 per cent to the national food basket, yet the average maize farmer in Kenya is a net buyer – able to grow enough to supply themselves for seven to nine months in a year, and the rest of the time they must buy from the market. However, the market system is no...

Photo: Liberian journalists learning about reporting on food security and nutrition from the World Food Programme communications officers [Front Page Africa Online]

WFP Conducts Training For Liberian Journalists in Food and Nutrition Security

by Gerald C. Koinyeneh Front Page Africa Online April 24, 2018

The World Food Programme hosted a group of Liberian journalists at a two-day training in food and nutrition security reporting on Tuesday recently in Monrovia. The participating journalists, drawn mainly from the print, electronic and web-based media outlets, were drilled through the steps in report...

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Egypt, FAO sign framework to raise food security

by Egypt Today staff Egypt Today April 24, 2018

Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation Abd El-Maneim El Banna and Hussein Gaden, representative of the United Nation’s Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO), signed the framework of the Egyptian national program for 2018-2022 which focuses on achieving three priorities: improving agricultura...

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Agriculture in Africa: Telling Facts from Myths

by The World Bank Group The World Bank Group April 6, 2018

This project from The World Bank Group, “Agriculture in Africa: Telling facts from Myths,” contains 14 studies exploring some facts about Agriculture in Africa that many experts and policy makers consider self-evident truths. But the rural landscape of the continent has evolved, as has the Afric...

Photo: Women carrying hands of bananas [Panos]

Project improves food security in six African nations

by Stephanie Achieng’ & Gilbert Nakweya SciDevNet March 29, 2018

Launched in 2012, the project funded by the government of Finland and called FoodAfrica Programme has helped improve the security and quality of food supply in Benin, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal and Uganda. Program leaders said that the initiative that ends in June this year is centered on susta...

Photo: Residents of Balambala constituency, Garissa county, Kenya, receive relief food on April 10, 2017. [The Star]

Food distribution in drought-stricken areas improves nutrition in Kenya

by Susan Muhindi The Star March 26, 2018

Nutrition in drought-hit counties of Kenya has improved due to the availability of food supplies, a report shows. The improvement has mainly been attributed to improved food access indicators, including milk availability in arid counties and key emergency response interventions such as the Blanket S...

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Fake processed food is becoming an epidemic in African urban life

by Ndidi Nwuneli Quartz Africa March 25, 2018

An explosion of fake and counterfeit products in Africa are staples consumed to fulfill daily dietary needs and are likely contributing to the rising levels of malnutrition and cancer on the continent....

Taking a space-age approach to food security

by Gareth Willmer Devex March 20, 2018

Satellite technology can play a key part in meeting the world's ever-growing need for food, through the rise of high-resolution imagery. The World Bank and many NGOs are using satellite imagery to tailor programs for smallholder farmers....

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

by Gilbert Nakweya SciDevNet March 19, 2018

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. Accordi...