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Innovation happens best when it happens together

Last week’s 5th EU-Africa Business Forum  sought cooperation between Europe and Africa to invest in an emerging Africa and rise-up to the challenges ahead. Hopes of forging strong partnerships between the public and private sectors between Europe and Africa and … Continue reading

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European Launch of the 2013 Montpellier panel Report

The Montpellier Panel’s 2013 report, Sustainable Intensification: A New Paradigm for African Agriculture, was launched in Brussels this week. Hosted by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), the seminar included Panel members David Radcliffe, Peter Hazell and … Continue reading

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Launch of the 2013 Montpellier Panel report – Sustainable Intensification: A New Paradigm for African Agriculture

On the 18th April, the Montpellier Panel launched a new report, outlining their solution to tackling hunger and resource scarcities in Africa, Sustainable Intensification. At a seminar hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Agriculture and Food for Development … Continue reading

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Can water harvesting technologies help to feed one billion hungry?

by Lisa Bunclark In ‘One Billion Hungry: Can We Feed the World?’ Gordon Conway states that one of four routes to achieving a food secure world is through the use of appropriate innovative technologies. Water harvesting technologies (WHTs) offer the … Continue reading

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Can agriculture achieve growth with poverty reduction in Africa?

In a new briefing paper Strategies and Priorities for African Agriculture: Economywide Perspectives from Country Studies  published on the 9th January, Xinshen Diao, James Thurlow, Samuel Benin, and Shenggen Fan of IFPRI recommend some key priorities and principles for achieving … Continue reading

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Getting on with the job: connecting smallholders to markets in eastern Africa

Over 30 agricultural development practitioners from four eastern African countries participated in a ‘Smallholder Café’ in Nairobi on the 11th July. The event was the second of three regional workshops, organised by Future Agricultures Consortium, and co-hosted by the Food, … Continue reading

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Asking the experts: connecting smallholders to markets in southern Africa

How can we connect asset-poor smallholders to markets in southern Africa? And what are the respective roles of civil society, governments, and big business to achieve this? These were some of the questions considered by agricultural development practitioners from six … Continue reading

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Valuing European Development Assistance

The UK public may be becoming less supportive of maintaining, let alone increasing, current levels of UK spending on aid even when people were told how much is currently spent, according to a new IPPR and ODI report ‘Understanding public … Continue reading

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G8 2012: Progress on Food Security and Nutrition?

The G8 pledged to lift 50 million people out of poverty over the next decade at their annual summit at Camp David on 18-19 May. The Camp David Declaration contains four paragraphs on food security and nutrition, the centre-piece of which is the … Continue reading

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Smallholder First?

Arriving at Imperial College London in 2009, one of the first external events I attended was the IDS launch at the House of Commons of Farmer First Revisited, a book that emphasizes the importance of putting farmers at the centre … Continue reading

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