Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 08/29/2017 - 14:33
Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 07/13/2017 - 18:48
Africa played an important part of the conversation at the 2017 G20 Summit with the launch of the G20 Africa Partnership for sustainable development. Following on the G20 Africa Partnership Conference held in Berlin in June 2017, this new initiative highlights the need for private investment, sustainable infrastructure growth, and education in the region.
Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 06/16/2017 - 18:17
South and East Africa continue to grapple with an invasion of fall armyworm (FAW) invasion. This pest, never seen on the continent until 2016, is native to the US, and it remains unclear how it was first introduced to Africa. Prolonged dry spells and heavy rains are being blamed for the prevalence of the pest, as these conditions seem to provide a thriving breeding ground.
Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 06/08/2017 - 13:58
Africa south of the Sahara is the only developing region in the world where the number of people living below the poverty line continues to rise. Since agriculture contributes substantially to the economy in this region, spurring agricultural growth is crucial to reducing poverty. But while improved technology has been the driving factor in increased agricultural production growth in other developing areas, in Africa south of the Sahara, growth has been extensive rather than intensive, which will not be sustainable over the long term.
Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 06/01/2017 - 15:52
Submitted by Sara.Gustafson on Fri, 05/26/2017 - 14:58
Submitted by Sara.Gustafson on Fri, 04/21/2017 - 15:49
The fertilizer industry is characterized by high levels of concentration along the supply chain. According to the International Fertilizer Development Center, nine countries control more than 50 percent of nitrogen (ammonia, urea) and phosphate (DAP/MAP) production capacity, while only five countries control 79 percent of potash (MOP) production capacity. Developing regions such as Africa south of the Sahara are also highly dependent on imported fertilizer. In addition, the level of fertilizer use in Africa south of the Sahara remains far below other developing regions (around 10kg.
Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 04/06/2017 - 17:14
Over the past decade, both the scale of and the access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) - including mobile phones, audio-visual communication, digital technologies, and internet services - have grown considerably in Africa south of the Sahara. The potential benefits of ICTs for the region’s agricultural sector, and its poor farming households, are especially important, as Africa south of the Sahara has the lowest rates of agricultural productivity and the highest rates of undernutrition in the world.
Submitted by Sara.Gustafson on Thu, 03/30/2017 - 17:03
Latest GIEWS External Food Assistance Report
According to the March 2017 edition of the GIEWS report on external food assistance needs, 28 countries in Africa are in need of food aid. The underlying factors driving the need for assistance vary and include lack of food availability, widespread lack of food access, and severe localized problems impacting food security. The GIEWS report is updated four times per year.
Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 03/07/2017 - 17:24
Africa south of the Sahara currently faces a range of shocks - from civil conflict to increasing incidence of transboundary plant and animal pests and diseases to climate-related shocks stemming from both climate change and recent El Niño and La Niña weather phenomena.