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August 16, 2017

Live discussion on ICT in agrictulture

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Today’s fast-evolving information and communication technology (ICT) represents a tremendous opportunity for farmers to boost productivity and food security, while also improving their livelihoods. Join the World Bank’s Jeehye Kim and FHI 360’s Berhane Gebru live to learn more about the possibilities of ICT in agriculture.

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August 14, 2017

Facing Famine, Girls And Women Bear The Heaviest Burden

Sadias Adam Imam collects millet

This article originally appeared on Huffington Post.

We are in the midst of what the United Nations has called the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II. The threat of famine and severe food insecurity in Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen, and Nigeria mean that 20 million people – more than the population of the entire state of New York – are facing starvation and the ripple of consequences that come alongside it.

The UN is responding: Agencies across the UN system are coordinating to mobilize support for the countries and people at risk, from the World Food Programme delivering critical food and medical supplies, to the Food and Agriculture Progamme supporting rural families and agriculture activities, […]

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August 11, 2017

Infrastructural Development Is Inhibiting Agricultural Development For Smallholder Farmers

Farmers using smart technology in a field

This article originally appeared on Huffington Post.

Infrastructural development as a challenge for smallholder farmers is not only limited to on-farm infrastructure. Off-farm infrastructure such as roads serve as one barrier facing smallholder farmers in terms of distribution and market access. I have lost count of the number of agricultural policies we have adopted as a country. It looks like every political figure is engraved to living to leave a legacy of having developed a policy that will bear his name for years to come.

The sad truth is, none of these seems to last. In fact, they are either reshuffled or names are changed with budget figures increased. In 2013, the South African government adopted the Integrated Food Security Production Intervention (IFSPI) […]

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August 9, 2017

The Fight Against Famine Needs More Voices

Woman drying sorghum

This article originally appeared on Time.

If you were a teenager in the ‘80s, you remember “We Are the World” — a song that became the fastest-selling American pop single in history. It’s hard to forget the iconic images of Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Tina Turner, Bob Dylan, Cyndi Lauper and Bruce Springsteen, among others, wearing their big headphones and singing together to raise awareness about a hunger crisis in Africa that would claim the lives of roughly one million people that decade.

I still remember sitting with my friends — like so many other teenagers — […]

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