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Rio+20 - Furthering Sustainable Development or Economic Growth?
22 March 2012, source: allAfrica.com
In June this year, the United Nations Conference of Environment and Development (UNCED) popularly known, as the Rio Earth Summit will commemorate 20 years.
It was originally held in Brazil in 1992. You may recall that in 2002, South Africa hosted the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), so this year also marks WSSD+10, though it doesn't seem to have the same prominence as Rio+20...
New report finds agriculture promotes African economic growth
22 March 2012, source: Voice of America (VOA)
A new report says African agriculture can contribute to sustained global economic growth. But it says there must first be greater investment in farming, markets and social development. The Montpellier Panel, made up of European agricultural experts, is calling for "growth with resilience" in Africa...
Growth with resilience: An opportunity for African agriculture
21 March 2012, source: Huff Post Business
Many African countries are growing fast. African GDP is growing at about 6% per year and over the past decade, 6 of the world's 10 fastest grow¬ing countries were African. But this growth remains fragile. Economic growth in low income countries has been, in part, driven by faster agricultural growth...
How to create resilient agriculture
21 March 2012, source: Science and Development Network (SciDev Net)
Durable food security and agricultural growth depend on development strategies with resilience built in from the start, says Gordon Conway. Economic growth with resilience to environmental threats will be central to the agenda of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in June this year, which aims to map out a pathway of sustainable development for the planet...
Empowering women vital for world food supply
21 March 2012, source: Reuters Africa
By Michelle Martin LONDON (Reuters) - Empowering female farmers in developing countries is crucial to solving the world's food problems as an era of food price spikes looms, the chair of a panel which advises governments and donors on agricultural development in Sub-Saharan Africa told Reuters. "If we're going to feed the world and in particular if Africa is going to be fed, we need every tool we can lay our hands on to make that happen and one component of that is to ensure that women fulfil their potential as farmers," Gordon Conway, Chair of the Montpellier Panel, said as the group launched a report on African agriculture...
Expert report sets out new agricultural resilience strategy for African countries
21 March 2012, source: Guardian Global Development
By Annie Kelly (Guardian.co.uk) Montpellier Panel argues growth of agriculture sector must be underpinned by improved strength and sustainability measures World leaders must recognise that agricultural growth in Africa is still too fragile and needs to become more resilient if the continent is to work towards improving the livelihoods of millions, according to a new report (pdf)...
Experts call for human rights in development goals
20 March 2012, source: eco news
A group of independent experts have urged a United Nations sustainable development conference in Brazil to include basic human rights in the conference goals.
The experts today urged world governments to include universally agreed international human rights norms and standards, as well as accountability mechanisms, in the goals that will emerge from the UN sustainable development forum in June...
Rio+20 African Delegates Meet in New York to Discuss 'One Voice for Africa'
19 March 2012, source: allAfrica.com
African negotiators to the forthcoming Rio+20 conference on sustainable development, to be held in June, gathered in New York last week for a training session on negotiation techniques. The African Development Bank (AfDB) supports six of the negotiators from its African member states.
Distinguished personalities at the training day on 15 March on the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development included: Mr...
Land grabs: the threat to African women's livelihoods
10 February 2012, source: openDemocracy
Despite the African Union's commitment to strengthening women's access and control of land by placing land rights in the public domain of human rights, it is silent on the issue of land grabs. This is a gap that the AU's land policy framework needs to plug, says Kathambi Kinot.
In the last decade foreign companies or governments have acquired 227 million hectares of land in Africa, according to a recent report by Oxfam...
Agriculture Scholarships Available
06 February 2012, source: Caribarena News
Antigua St John's - Professionals within the agriculture sector who want to pursue a Masters, PhD, or specialized studies in Mexico were invited to apply for one of the 100 scholarships offered by CONACYT and IICA.
The alliance between the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the National Council for Science and Technology of Mexico is intended to strengthen technical capabilities within the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean in areas that are of priority for agriculture...
Five innovations working to empower women
06 January 2012, source: The Christian Science Monitor
Women produce more than half of the world's food but face unique challenges as farmers. Five innovative programs are helping them – and strengthening the world's food system.
At a time when world resources are dwindling and global population is growing rapidly, finding sustainable solutions to nourish people and the planet is more important than ever...
Canada's Environment Minister announces recipients of climate change research
05 January 2012, source: International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
On November 25, Canada's Environment Minister, the Honourable Peter Kent, announced funding for seven winning projects from across Africa that will support important and innovative initiatives to better equip the African continent to deal with the effects of climate change. The African Adaptation Research Centres (AARC) initiative is a three-year, $10 million project managed by IDRC with funding provided by the Government of Canada, as part of Canada’s commitment to fast-start climate change financing promised under the Copenhagen Accord...
Delayed climate deal a risk to food production, ag specialists say
07 December 2011, source: AlertNet
The dun maize field spreading out at Dumisani Ndlovu’s offers a hint of a bleak future. Baked by the sun and deprived of water, the crops on his farm in Giyani, in South Africa’s Limpopo province, are parched and nearly dead.
Ndlovu, a third-generation farmer, pulls a leaf from a plant that ought to be plump and green...
Leading Agricultural Organisations Issue Joint Appeal to COP17 Climate Negotiators at All-Day Event in Durban
03 December 2011, source: CGIAR Research Program on CCAFS
DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA: A group of 16 of the world’s leading agricultural organisations (including three United Nations agencies, the World Bank, CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), FANRPAN, the Global Forum on Agricultural Research, Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU) and the World Farmers’ Organisation) has jointly endorsed a letter calling on COP17 climate negotiators to take concrete action to include agriculture in the text of the climate agreement...
Attention on Africa's agriculture as food becomes world's 'new oil'
03 December 2011, source: Ghana Business News
With food expected to become the “new oil” of the 21st century, the Standard Bank Group says Africa’s agricultural output is set for explosive growth in the coming decade.
According to a research analyst at the South African-based bank, Mr Simon Freemantle, the continent’s largely untapped potential is gaining an elevated attention...