What We’ve Been Overlooking in the Great Debate on Livestock

In this guest post, FAO Livestock Development Officer Anne Mottet outlines new research that reveals humans and livestock do not compete for earth’s resources as much as previously thought. Natural resources are finite as we cannot expand the Earth boundaries. But we are every day more people on the planet and food security is still a number one issue. The livestock sector is often cited as being particularly burdensome on the environment. In addition to the methane gas livestock emits, ...

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Africa Climate-Smart Agriculture Summit

15th – 16th May 2018 Nairobi, Kenya The objective of the Africa Climate-Smart Agriculture Summit is to provide an opportunity for cross-sector networking and knowledge exchange that is competent and neutral, technical and commercial by bringing together all stakeholders, including regional governments and policy makers, private sector and research organisations, UN agencies and civil society. By providing keynote addresses, panel discussions and interactive roundtable sessions, the Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Summit enables debate on sustainable agricultural transformation and innovations in ...

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Doubling Productivity and Incomes of Smallholder Farmers in Africa

In this guest post, Dr. Joe DeVries, Vice President of Programmes at the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), tells Farming First why Africa represents the biggest opportunity for filling the gap in global food supply, and how the continent can be empowered to take action. Part of Farming First’s #SDG2countdown blog series exploring SDG2.3 on doubling smallholder productivity & incomes. Despite the many gains made in Africa’s agricultural in the last decade or so, the sector continues to present a number of paradoxes. Although it is home to close to 60 per cent of the world’s uncultivated land and is widely believed to hold the potential of becoming one of the world’s bread baskets, Africa’s food import bill stands at a staggering $35-50 billion per year. Additionally, although recent trends are promising, current yields of major crops remain very low compared to other regions. African cereal yields, for example, are just over one-third of the developing world average.  As a result, the continent accounts for only 10 per cent of the total global agricultural output despite being home to 25 per cent of the world’s arable land. …

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