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Helping the most vulnerable farmers adapt to climate change – lessons from a Farm Africa project

By Jonathan Finnighan Helping the most vulnerable farmers adapt to climate change – lessons from a Farm Africa project The first thing that strikes me about Mwangangi’s farm is that it looks abandoned, like somebody left in a hurry. Manure … Continue reading

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Launch of Two New Reports: “Leaping And Learning” and “8 Views for the G8”

A recent event on the 29th May marked the launch of two new reports commissioned and edited by Agriculture for Impact. First, “Leaping and Learning: Linking Smallholders to Markets’ written in conjunction with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and co-funded … 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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International Women’s Day 2013

Today is the 102nd International Women’s Day. Annually on 8th March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. Since its establishment it has been growing in recognition and is now a public holiday … Continue reading

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Food staples as a target for nutritional improvement: can the hard-to-reach smallholder farmers benefit?

Access to food staples as a target for nutritional improvement was the focus of one of the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development (GDPRD) Annual General Assembly breakout sessions on 31st January. Howarth Bouis from HarvestPlus introduced and led the … Continue reading

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Getting GAFSP to reach the parts that other programmes do not reach

The World Café sessions of the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development Annual General Assembly on 30th January were a unique opportunity to discuss some hot topics in the donor community. Yurie Tanimichi Hoberg from the World Bank led a … Continue reading

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Enough food for everyone IF….

One in eight women, men and children go to bed hungry every night and by 2025 nearly a billion young people will face poverty because of the damage done to them now through hunger and malnutrition. These are just some … 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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Tackling the food security nexus: achieving more with less

By Gordon Conway and Liz Wilson: This piece was originally published on the Guardian Sustainable Business blog on 22 January. We are faced with three daunting and urgent global challenges: repeated food price spikes, nearly a billion people who are chronically hungry, and … Continue reading

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