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February 24, 2021 | No.18
31st International Conference of Agricultural Economists – Goes Virtual

The IAAE Board of Directors has announced that the 31st ICAE Conference, initially scheduled for New Delhi in August 2021, will now be a Virtual Event, tentatively from August 17-31. This extended period is to accommodate participants form diverse time zones. The deadline for submission of papers and symposia has been extended to Tuesday, March 30, 2021 to allow more time for submissions. All proposals already submitted for review remain eligible for selection. READ MORE

source: IAAE
Responding to a stark rise in food insecurity across the poorest countries

According to the World Food Programme, up to 96 million additional people were pushed into acute food insecurity in 2020 across 54 IDA countries. Added to the 137 million acutely food insecure people at the end of 2019 across these countries, this brings the total to 233 million people by the end of 2020. People living in fragile and conflict-affected situations are particularly at risk. World Bank projections suggest this could further increase to about 330 million in 2021. READ MORE

Applied Economics Teaching Resources: Diversity Special Issue Call

Applied Economics and Teaching Resources is calling for manuscripts on teaching methods, curriculum development, and programs to foster diversity and inclusion in agribusiness and agricultural economics classrooms and departments. Across the academy, researchers have documented the adverse effects of racial and economic inequality, gender discrimination, stereotype enforcement, and social polarization on university students in the United States. READ MORE

source: AAEA
Medium-scale commercial farming in Zimbabwe: how has it fared since land reform?

Contrary to assertions that A2 medium-scale farms allocated during the land reform are largely occupied by ‘cronies’ and that they are unproductive and under-utilised, a more differentiated picture emerges, with important implications for policy and the wider politics of Zimbabwe’s countryside following land reform. READ MORE

Women must ‘do the hard stuff’ to stand out

Agnes Kalibata, a Rwandan who grew up in Uganda with refugee parents, had an ambition to become a medical doctor or an engineer. But as her father turned from teaching to farming to fund his children’s education, little did Kalibata know she would end up being an agricultural scientist. Now, as president of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) since 2014, Kalibata is helping to transform Africa’s agricultural sector through programmes designed to reach millions of smallholders.READ MORE

source: SciDevNet
What Does It Take to Achieve Scale in Women's Empowerment Activities?

There is broad global recognition that meeting targets and 21st century challenges require multiplied efforts to reach and benefit increasing numbers of people currently living in poverty — in other words, scale. While there are different pathways for achieving scale, “scaling up” is broadly understood to mean expanding, replicating, adapting and sustaining successful policies, programs or projects to reach a greater number of people, and is part of a broader process of innovation and learning. READ REPORT

source: agrilinks
Africa indigenous fruit trees offer major benefits. But they’re being ignored

Indigenous fruits have been collected from the wild for centuries for human consumption and other purposes. Across the African continent, indigenous fruit trees are valuable assets for local communities. But the natural habitats of trees are being lost, mainly to widespread deforestation resulting from population growth. Industrial agriculture is also contributing to their loss. READ REPORT

Agroforestry with refugees and hosts in NW Uganda

Refugees in NW Uganda appreciate trees. "We survived because of them. They welcomed us." But now the trees are under pressure, needed for cooking and building huts and cleared for farming. Forest, savanna and wetlands were already under pressure in NW Uganda. To this was added the pressure of one million South Sudanese refugees who began arriving in 2016. The refugees are hardworking people as are the nationals. Join ICRAF in using botany and ecology to create a model climate-smart refugee settlement with water, fertile soil, rich biodiversity, livelihoods, nutritious diets and plentiful wood fuel. READ MORE

source: GlobalGiving
African Union Commission inaugurates Committee on the Fund for African Women to revitalize women empowerment

The African Union Commission has inaugurated the African Union Commission Internal Committee on the Fund for African Women, a demonstration of the commitment by the Union to advance its quest for gender equality and women’s empowerment. The Committee will be crucial in developing sustainable and comprehensive strategy on the transition of the Fund for African Women into a Trust Fund for African Women and oversee the implementation of the proposed activities for the fund to ensure transparency and efficiency. READ MORE

source: AU
Webinar: Agricultural Investment Data Analyzer (AIDA) – Guiding agricultural investments for higher impact

Join IFAD, the International Food Policy Research institute (IFPRI) and CGIAR for the launch of the Agricultural Investment Data Analyzer tool (AIDA).  AIDA is a one-of-a-kind tool, developed by IFAD and IFPRI, designed to help agricultural investments achieve higher impact. AIDA’s 360-degree economy analysis and evaluation tools will help improve the efficiency, effectiveness and scaling up of rural development policies and projects. Analyses based on AIDA’s evaluations will influence the design and prioritization of policies and investments intended to help poor rural people overcome poverty. READ MORE

source: IFAD


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