Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 03/24/2020 - 01:33
By Mulubrhan Amare and Julia Wilson
Kenya is the world’s third largest producer of avocados. It’s also Kenya’s leading fruit export, accounting for nearly one-fifth of its total horticultural exports.
Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 02/27/2020 - 23:02
By Noam David, Oliver Gao, and Yanyan Liu
The lack of accurate rainfall measurements in developing countries poses problems in monitoring crop yields, which in turn can make it difficult for the providers of rainfall-based index insurance to gauge risks and set rates accurately.
Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 02/27/2019 - 18:13
Vivian Hoffman, Jef Leroy, and Kelly Jones. This post originally appeared on IFPRI.org.
Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 08/21/2018 - 16:30
Parts of the Eastern Horn of Africa experienced above-average precipitation between March and May, followed by more heavy rainfall in the northern areas of the region during the start of the June-September wet season. This increased rainfall has led to severe flooding in several areas of the region, and FEWS Net forecasts flooding and heavy rains to continue into December. Sudan remains the hardest hit, with parts of northern Ethiopia and western South Sudan also impacted.
Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 05/16/2018 - 20:54
Latest FAO GIEWS Country Briefs and Special Alerts
FAO’s Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS) has released several new country briefs and special reports for Africa south of the Sahara.
Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 08/22/2017 - 17:00
The latest series of updated country alerts from FEWS Net provides food security and food production updates for several countries in Africa south of the Sahara.
Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 07/18/2017 - 16:14
The Horn of Africa will continue to face a significant food security crisis into early 2018, according to a new alert released by FEWS Net. Poor rains in March-June – the second consecutive below-average season – have exacerbated already reduced livestock and agricultural conditions in many areas of the region. In some areas, particularly Ethiopia and Somalia, rainfall totals from June 2016 to May 2017 were the lowest or second-lowest seen in over three decades.
Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 07/11/2017 - 14:19
The lack of a reliable safe food supply in developing nations brings with it both health and economic costs. A recent article published in Agricultural Economics explores the idea that brands that can ensure the safety of their food should be able to charge higher prices for their product. This ability to earn higher profit in turn incentivizes brands to meet and maintain higher food safety standards.
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 Sara.Gustafson on Thu, 02/23/2017 - 18:41
At the African Union Summit in Malabo (Equatorial Guinea) in June 2014, African governments adopted the Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods.