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Climate Finance for Farmers Key to Avert One Billion Hungry

Marrakech (Morocco) – With climate change posing growing threats to smallholder farmers, experts working around the issues of agriculture and food security say it is more critical than ever to implement locally appropriate solutions to help them adapt to changing rainfall patterns.

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African smallholder farmers need dynamic seed sector

Smallholder farmers in Africa face challenges in getting reliable access to sufficient quantities of quality seed of superior varieties at the right time at an affordable price, an expert saysMiltone Ayieko, regional coordinator for the Kenya-based Integrated Seed Sector Development in Africa (ISSD Africa) project, says that the lack of quality affects agricultural productivity, income resilience and livelihoods of smallholders. continue reading »

Making tech available to smallholders to boost growth

Agriculture is the backbone of Sub-Saharan Africa’s economy, with many countries depending on it heavily, a reason many development institutions are investing in the sector. This rhymes well with AU’s agriculture goals of shared prosperity and improved livelihoods to be attained by 2025 as stated in the Malabo Declaration on accelerated agricultural growth and transformation.

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Urbanisation reducing Ghanaian smallholders’ lands

Fertile farmlands are rapidly declining in Ghana due to pressure from population growth and urbanisation, threatening rural livelihoods and food security, according to a new report.     The report says Ghana’s urban areas are expanding at a rate of 3.5 per cent annually as a result of a rising population.

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Forum calls for key roles for women in agricultural R&D

Nairobi – African governments must place rural women farmers at the apex of agricultural research and scientific innovation to achieve sustainable development and economic growth, a conference has heard.

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Middle-income Kenya still in need of aid

Nairobi – Coffee farmer Gabriel Kimwaki from Nyeri County, in central Kenya, is considering “giving up farming altogether”. He told IPS that the returns are too low “and with every harvesting season, I am making less and less profit.”

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