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Malaysia’s Sabah Aims To Win Big As World’s First Green Palm Oil State

Malaysia’s Sabah Aims To Win Big As World’s First Green Palm Oil State

For Ettol Kumpilon, the switch from growing rice to oil palm on his small family farm in Malaysia’s eastern state of Sabah has enabled him to renovate his home, send his eldest child to school and build up a healthy pot of savings. But with climate change fuelling rising temperatures that are hurting his yields, […]

Loans Keep Women Afloat As They Plant Fast-Vanishing Mangroves In Kenya

Loans Keep Women Afloat As They Plant Fast-Vanishing Mangroves In Kenya

When she was growing up, Tima Abudhi remembers watching her neighbours cut away at the mangrove forests around her village on Pate Island, on Kenya’s east coast, chopping down the coastal trees to build houses or to sell as timber. As the mangroves disappeared, so did the fish that live and breed among their roots […]

Rural Women Key Players in Sustainable Growth

Rural Women Key Players in Sustainable Growth

Zambia last joined the global community in commemorating International Rural Women’s Day. This was meant to appreciate the role of rural women in eradicating poverty and fighting hunger. United Nations Women (UNWomen) clearly observes that rural women continue to fare worse in almost every aspect of development than their male counterparts and for this reason, […]

‘Agriculture in Ghana Revolves Around Women’

‘Agriculture in Ghana Revolves Around Women’

“Women are considered an important tool around which the progress of agriculture revolves and when left out, affects the general agriculture production of the country, “the Upper ManyaKrobo District Agric Officer In – Charge of Extension, Edward Sawodji has observed. He said “They are major agricultural producers, and often responsible for the production of food […]

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 […]

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