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African exports on the rise: 2020 Africa Agriculture Trade Monitor released

By: Antoine Bouet

The third annual Africa Agriculture Trade Monitor (AATM) was released last week. The report finds both good news and bad news for Africa’s trading system, as well as some important promises.

First the good news.

Building Capacity for Rwanda’s Agricultural Transformation

By: Seth Kwizera, Claude Bizimana, and David J. Spielman

Rwanda’s Fourth Strategic Plan for Agricultural Transformation (PSTA IV) presents an ambitious plan to dramatically change the country’s agricultural sector and rural economy. Released in 2018, the plan forms a critical component of Vision 2050, which envisions Rwanda’s transformation into an upper middle income country by 2035 and a high income country by 2050.

Upcoming webinar: “Satellite Imagery for Early Warning of Productivity Constraints”

Webinar hosted by the Food Security Portal with support by the Harvest Consortium
Date: October 31, 2019 at 11:00AM EST 
 

Background 

Regional Policy Dialogue on Early Warning Early Action Mechanisms

Regional Policy Dialogue on Early Warning Early Action Mechanisms for the Prevention of Food Crises

Accra, Ghana 5 September 2019 from 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Register on our Facebook event page to watch the livestream.

 

Background

Crop Losses in Southern Africa due to Drought and Flooding

Southern Africa faced widespread drought from the October 2018 to March 2019 rainy season, with less than 55 percent of normal rainfall totals, alerts FEWS. The 2018-2019 rainfall began a month late, triggering extended dry spells between January and March.

Irrigation to Feed Africa

By Claudia Ringler. This post originally appeared in African Leadership Magazine.

ColdHubs: Addressing food loss in Nigeria

BY Nnaemeka C. Ikegwuonu

One in a series of guest blog posts from leading voices in global development on achieving long-term sustainability and growth while ending hunger, poverty, and malnutrition. This originally appeared on IFPRI.org.

Future of Social Protection in Africa

By Fleur Wouterse

Teff love: Ethiopia’s staple crop requires big push

BY BART MINTEN, ALEMAYEHU SEYOUM TAFFESSE AND SMITA AGGARWAL

Not long ago, teff—the gluten-free, nutrient-rich, 3,000-year-old grain native to Ethiopia—had its media moment as the world began to recognize the nutritional potential of this poppy-sized staple. Teff was called the next “supergrain,” joining the select club of popular exotic grains such as quinoa, farro, and millet.

The Economics of Teff

Teff plays a leading role in both the diets and the economy of Ethiopia. While the crop’s potential to expand into lucrative domestic and global export markets is large, however, little investment has been made to expand the crop’s productivity to take advantage of these opportunities.

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