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March 24, 2021 | No. 20

The deadline for submission of papers and symposia for the 31st International Conference of Agricultural Economists is March 30, 2021. All proposals already submitted for review remain eligible for selection. ICAE has also provided the opportunity for updating or revising your already submitted paper until the deadline. READ MORE

source: IAAE
Hunger Hotspots: FAO-WFP early warnings on acute food insecurity

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) are issuing an early warning for urgent humanitarian action in 20 countries and situations – called “hotspots” – where parts of the populations are likely to face a fast deterioration of high acute food insecurity that will put their lives and livelihoods at risk. Yemen, South Sudan and northern Nigeria represent highest alert
level for this outlook period due to a combination of factors resulting in a risk of famine. READ REPORT

World Food Prize Laureates Open Letter: U.S. Leadership Needed to Help End World Hunger

The World Food Prize Foundation has created resources to assist our partners in spreading the word about the World Food Prize Laureates Open Letter: U.S. Leadership Needed to Help End World Hunger. On February 23, 2021 the World Food Prize Foundation released a powerful statement penned by 24 of its Laureates urging the Biden-Harris Administration to focus on alleviating hunger, poverty and malnutrition around the globe. You can also help to spread the word by using #WFPLaureates4Action. READ MORE 

Green jobs for youth: What works and what’s missing?

Rural young people are increasingly concerned about the environment. Many of them work in sectors that are threatened by climate change, and they’re well aware that their industry and food systems will need to become more resilient and sustainable than ever before. In this context, the creation of decent green jobs – those that contribute to preserving or restoring the environment – is increasingly being seen as a potential solution. Moreover, projections estimate that sustainable management practices could generate up to 60 million new agricultural jobs. READ MORE

source: IFAD
IITA Youth Agripreneurs (IYA),

Unemployment is a major issue among African youth, who constitute the largest population segment, yet often feel marginalized from the economic mainstream. Despite their best efforts, many young people find little means to meet their expectations for a better life or contribute to their countries’ economies. Higher education has grown faster than the economies they were intended to support, leaving large numbers of recent graduates unable to find decent employment. Responding to these issues, CGIAR researchers at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in 2012 developed IITA Youth Agripreneurs (IYA), an advocacy and development program that engages youth in agribusiness through a unique capacity development model. READ MORE

source: IITA
TAAT excites wheat farmers with proven water management technologies

With a production of 60,000 tons annually, wheat remains the least cereal produced locally in Nigeria, although widely consumed. In 2013, the country’s wheat consumption was estimated at 4.1 million tons creating a huge market potential for wheat supply gap. According to a December 2018 Global Agricultural Information Network report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), wheat importation to Nigeria in 2018-19 is estimated to increase by 4%. This adds to the 5.4 million tonnes imported in 2017 thus indicating an increasing local demand for the cereal. READ MORE

source: TAAT
Helping farmers adapt to the new normal: A Q&A with Rodger Voorhies, Gates Foundation

In light of Bill Gates’ new book, How to Avoid a Climate Disaster, Rodger Voorhies, president of the Foundation’s Global Growth & Opportunity Division, discusses the foundation’s work to accelerate climate adaptation efforts in the developing countries already being affected by rising temperatures. READ MORE

Green banks and national climate funds have a key role in mobilizing funds for low-carbon, climate-resilient development in Africa: report

The African Development Bank and the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) have joined forces to produce a study of the role of green banks and national climate change funds in mobilizing finance to support low-carbon, climate-resilient development in Africa. The ground-breaking study, released on Tuesday 23 March, is expected to underpin the development of a multi-country climate finance initiative in Africa. READ MORE

source: AfDB
Fatoumata Cissoko Stands Out in Guinea in Agrifood Processing Thanks to WAAPP

“Fatou and Kadija Sarl” is the name of the blossoming company headed by the young 33 years old Guinean Fatoumata Cissoko, and which is specialized in agri-food processing. Based in the Guinean region of Kindia, the fruit drying unit run by Fatoumata employs around 15 people. Graduated in accounting and management, Fatoumata launched, in 2013, a company specialized in the solar drying of exotic fruits. With her project, she wants to address post-harvest losses in the pineapple and mango sectors in the Kindia region. READ MORE

source: CORAF
A decade of improved and climate-smart maize through collaborative research and innovation

The food security and livelihoods of smallholder farming families in sub-Saharan Africa depend on maize production. The region accounts for up to two-thirds of global maize production, but is facing challenges related to extreme weather events, climate-induced stresses, pests and diseases, and deteriorating soil quality. These require swift interventions and innovations to safeguard maize yields and quality. READ MORE

source: CIMMYT
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