Stakeholders seek better strategies to fight malnutrition

Nigeria has placed new emphasis on food nutrition in an effort to tackle malnutrition, one of the effects of food insecurity. The argument suggests that the only way to battle malnutrition is to optimize food and industrial potential which is underutilized. As to what foods and industrial potential should be used, the article is pretty quiet. However, fortifying foods is a good way to promote healthy growth and food security. Unfortunately, the new remedy for malnutrition does not hold water. I can understand how nutrition can be tied into achieving many policies such as the MDGs and poverty reduction but malnutrition is not an isolated incident within the paradigm of food insecurity. Read more here.

Do Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) Processes Make a Difference to Country Commitments to Develop Agriculture? The Case of Ghana

The CAADP is a commitment of Africa countries to pursue economic growth through agriculture-led development to reduce poverty and hunger on the continent. It is expected to serve as a framework that adds value to national and regional strategies for the development of agriculture. This paper tries to understand how continental initiatives such as CAADP can and do influence country commitment to seek agriculture-led development. Read more here.

Dairy Goats in Ethiopia

The central objective of FARM AFRICA’S Dairy Goat Development Programme is to increase rural incomes and the stability of those incomes in the highlands of Ethiopia by improving the productivity of goats managed by women in the areas of poor arable crop production and high population pressure. Read more here.

International Food Policy Research Institute (Report on halving hunger- Meeting the First Millennium Development Goal through “Business as Unusual”)

In 2000, the world’s leaders set a target of halving the percentage of hungry people between 1990 and 2015. This rather modest target constitutes part of the first Millennium Development Goal, which also calls for halving the proportion of people living in poverty and achieving full employment. The goal of halving hunger by 2015 can still be achieved, but business as usual will not be enough. What is needed is “business as unusual”—a smarter, more innovative, better focused, and cost-effective approach to reducing hunger. Read more here.

Interactive food security guide ahead of G8/G20 summits

Food security is an immediate and future priority for all countries worldwide. Since the food crisis erupted in 2008, a large number of global and regional food security initiatives have been launched or strengthened in response. Read more here.

WFP declares Africa Agricultural investment forum a turning point

WFP said the high-level gathering — part of the CAADP — was a sign of governments’ strong commitment, leadership and vision with regard to reducing hunger and poverty in the region, and was pleased that the investment plans presented at the forum prioritise nutrition and access to food for the most vulnerable. The agricultural investment plans presented during the forum covered a comprehensive range of actions designed to combat hunger and malnutrition. Read more here.

Agriculture and rural development key to African economies – evaluation of assistance

Agriculture and rural development are key elements in African economies and provide an important route towards achievement of the critical development goals of promoting growth and reducing poverty in Africa. Yet the sector presents a challenging development agenda. This report presents the main findings, conclusions and recommendations of a major evaluation of assistance to agriculture and rural development (ARD) in Africa provided by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Read more here.