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No Trees, No Crops, No Jobs: Burkina Faso’s Women Fall Back On Hard Labour

No Trees, No Crops, No Jobs: Burkina Faso’s Women Fall Back On Hard Labour

Wiping her sandy fingers on her shirt, Balkissa Sawadogo for a moment rests her aching body from shovelling sand and gravel into piles. Three years ago, as rains dried up, the 25-year-old single mother was forced to stop farming in her neighbourhood on the outskirts of Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou to begin the back-breaking work […]

New UN-Backed Framework To Boost Agricultural Trade Between African Nations

New UN-Backed Framework To Boost Agricultural Trade Between African Nations

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), together with the African Union (AU) Commission, launched a new continent-wide framework on Thursday, to boost trade and improve food security. According to the UN agency, the initiative will help “unlock the potential” of the agricultural sector to contribute to sustainable and inclusive growth across the continent and […]

Second Wave of Migratory Locusts Outbreak More Severe Than the First

Second Wave of Migratory Locusts Outbreak More Severe Than the First

The 2nd wave outbreak of the Reed Migratory Locust that is currently plaguing the country is more severe than the first, the Agriculture Minister, Calle Schlettwein announced on Wednesday. “The outbreak this time is of mainly swarming locusts and is occurring in northern- central and eastern Namibia moving southwards. The most elective method of control […]

1.4 Million at Risk of Starvation Following Failed Short Rains

1.4 Million at Risk of Starvation Following Failed Short Rains

At least 1.4 million people are facing acute hunger in Kenya, double the number reported in 2020, a report by the government and the United Nations has warned. The assessment carried out by the Kenya Food Security Steering Group (KFSSG), county steering groups and the United Nations states that at least 238,000 people are in […]

India’s ‘invisible’ Women Hope For Recognition At Farmers Protests

India’s ‘invisible’ Women Hope For Recognition At Farmers Protests

Legions of women have trekked to India’s capital to join massive protests against agricultural reforms, hoping not only to protect their livelihoods but also win visibility as farmers. About 75% of rural women in India who work full-time are farmers, Oxfam says, with numbers rising as men migrate to work in factories and construction sites. […]

How Digital Revolution Can Help Level The Playing Field for African Women In Agriculture

How Digital Revolution Can Help Level The Playing Field for African Women In Agriculture

The race to limit the spread of Covid-19 has, through necessity, accelerated many other transformations that were already underway, including the digital revolution in African agriculture. What had previously been a growing but limited shift towards the use of digital tools and technologies for food production and business has become a lifeline in the face […]

UNDP, Vodafone Ghana Foundation Train 61 Rural Women In Agribusiness

UNDP, Vodafone Ghana Foundation Train 61 Rural Women In Agribusiness

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the Vodafone Ghana Foundation has organized a two-day trainer of trainees’ digital technology empowerment workshop for 61 rural women engaged in agribusiness in the Upper East Region The participants were drawn from the Bolgatanga, Kassena-Nankana Municipals , Bongo and Bawku West Districts in the region. Dubbed, […]

Nigerian Govt Launches ‘Gender Policy On Agriculture’

Nigerian Govt Launches ‘Gender Policy On Agriculture’

In order to achieve food security and reduce poverty, the Nigerian government on Thursday launched the ‘National Gender Policy on Agriculture’ in Abuja. The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono, said it is time for women to be prominent in the agriculture sector. Mr Nanono said the policy was to enhance the equality […]

Agri-Foodtech Female Leaders Struggle To Attract Investment

Agri-Foodtech Female Leaders Struggle To Attract Investment

Female entrepreneurs in the food and agricultural technology industry received a tiny fraction of the $16.9 billion investment deals secured worldwide in 2018, a new report said on Thursday. Called ‘Money Where Our Mouths Are,’ it is the first-ever study to document funding inequality for women trying to pave the way in this growing, innovative sector. While […]

$95m Agricultural Commercialization Project To Capacitate 650 000 Malawi Farmers

$95m Agricultural Commercialization Project To Capacitate 650 000 Malawi Farmers

Malawi government has rolled out a six year Agricultural Commercialization (AGCOM) project which aims at increasing the capacity of 650,000 farming households to improve production and marketing of legume and horticultural crops in order to better the farmers’ livelihoods in the face of the dwindling of the country’s main cash crop tobacco. National Coordinator, Dr […]

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