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Latest GIEWS Country Briefs

The FAO Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS) has released several new country briefs and updates for Africa south of the Sahara.

Better Health for Better Productivity

Burkina Faso faces persistent high morbidity rates due to malaria, respiratory infections, malnutrition, diarrheic diseases, and HIV/AIDS, according to the country’s Ministry of Health. These health burdens can negatively impact the agricultural labor productivity of rural households by reducing both available labor and farming know-how.

Using Nutrition Incentives to Enhance Business

Contract farming arrangements are becoming increasingly popular in developing countries. These arrangements, in which farmers agree to produce a given amount of a product and buyers agree to buy that amount, can help improve smallholders’ access to markets and credit opportunities. However, in reality, contract farming arrangements can be plagued with problems – farmers may renege on the agreement if they believe they can get a higher price from a different buyer or market, and buyers may renege because they distrust the quality of the product or the reliability of the farmer.

Encouraging Inclusive Growth

Africa saw strong economic growth between 2001 and 2010, averaging 5.3 percent, but that growth has often not reached poor rural populations. As the sector that supports the livelihoods of 90 percent of Africa’s population and employs 70 percent of the region’s poorest communities, agriculture stands to play an enormous role in increasing sustainable, inclusive economic growth on the continent.

Contracts and Conflicts: Resolving Disputes to Improve Contract Farming

Contract farming has become a popular way to integrate smallholder farmers into modern, high-value markets; however, poorly designed contracts may create additional risks for farmers and even subject them to abuses by larger agricultural players. In July, the FAO, along with UNIDROIT and IFAD, released a Legal Guide on Contract Farming, a comprehensive guide to establishing sound, transparent agricultural contracts between growers and buyers.

Big Data and Agriculture: CTA Event

On September 16, the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) will highlight the Africa south of the Sahara Food Security Portal at a panel event held in collaboration with IFPRI, the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) Secretariat, the European Commission, and the Pan African Farmers Association (PAFO).

Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security

The Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security Conference took place last month in Kenya. In this event, more than 1200 attendees representing governments, the private sector, the academy, and other civil society institutions, held meetings aimed to contribute to the development of Ecosystem Based Adaptation (EBA) approaches as a first step towards building resilient food systems, improving food security, and adapting to climate change in Africa. 

Establecimiento de prioridades en inversiones públicas

Este resumen es una adaptación del  informe del proyecto para el establecimiento de las prioridades en las inversiones públicas, escrito por Máximo Torero, Eduardo Maruyama, Rosamaría Dasso and Maribel Elías de IFPRI.

The Right Pathways for Raising Farm Incomes

BY: PK Joshi 

The author is the Director-South Asia with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). The views expressed are of author and not of the organization.

Multisectoral Approaches to Nutrition

India has taken large strides to reduce hunger and undernutrition. These achievements are remarkable, but complacency must be avoided.

Photo credit: Flickr (IFPRI)


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