Stories tagged: Africa

OCT202017
The African Fertilizer Summit – 10 Years On

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20 October 2017

Des Moines, Iowa

A high-level panel debate assessing Africa’s progress in increasing fertilizer use, 10 years on from the landmark African Fertilizer Summit. The panel will review the success of the historic Abuja Declaration on Fertilizer for an African Green Revolution and discuss how to drive greater and faster progress in addressing nutrient deficiencies in African soils, in order to support economic growth, social development and climate change responses. Read more >>

Tackling the “Other” Malnutrition on the Rise in Africa: Obesity

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In this guest post, Sheryl Hendriks, Director of the Institute for Food Nutrition and Well-being at the University of Pretoria, South Africa argues an unexpected but dangerous form of malnutrition is on the rise in Africa, and outlines recommendations from the Malabo Montepellier Panel on how to tackle it.  

The Borlaug Dialogue, happening this week in Iowa, will convene global leaders, farmers, agribusiness and development experts to address the most critical issues facing global food security. When we think of food security and nutrition, especially in Africa, a key question that comes to mind is how countries can best tackle malnutrition?

When thinking of malnutrition we can be forgiven for conjuring a vision of listless, pot-bellied children with dull eyes and skinny limbs. This sadly remains a reality in many countries across the continent with a total of 14 million children wasted – too thin for their height. But there is another form of malnutrition that is spreading silently through Africa, and it is just as dangerous: obesity. Continue reading

OCT182017
Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium: The Road Out of Poverty

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18-21 October 2017

Des Moines, Iowa

The theme of the  2017 symposium, “The Road out of Poverty”, encapsulates the power of treating agriculture as a business, and the impact of truly “bringing it to the farmer”, as Norman Borlaug taught us. Among the speakers is “Africa’s Norman Borlaug”, the 2017 World Food Prize Laureate Akinwumi Adesina of the African Development Bank who has made it his life’s mission to promote agriculture, good nutrition, and education as the keys to “uplifting millions out of poverty.” Read more >>

SEP52017
The Imperatives of Improving Nutrition for Growth and Development

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5 September 2017

Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

It is up to all of us to build on progress—quickly, efficiently, and at the speed and scale required to secure Africa’s rise through an agricultural transformation. Join the Malabo Montpellier Panel at this side event during the AGRF as it launches its report on the state of nutrition in Africa and highlights successful policy and program interventions across the continent. Read more >>

SEP42017
African Green Revolution Forum 2017

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4-8 September 2017

Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

The theme for the seventh AGRF is “Accelerating Africa’s Path to Prosperity: Growing Inclusive Economies and Jobs through Agriculture”. After seizing the moment at AGRF 2016 and securing political, policy, and financial commitments of more than US $30 billion, African leaders must move decisively to harness this surge of support for agriculture and ensure it creates jobs and drives economic growth across the continent—particularly for 300 million young Africans coming into the job market over the next 15 years. Read more >>

Sylvia Natukunda: Combatting the AMR Crisis in the African Livestock Sector

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In this guest post, Sylvia Natukunda, business & partnership manager and Wim Goris, network facilitator at AgriProFocus discuss steps needed to curb the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance in the livestock sector.

Antibiotics are crucial in human and animal health and yet growing levels of resistance to these drugs pose an increasingly serious threat to public health. One of the key contributing factors to such antimicrobial resistance is irresponsible use of antibiotics in the livestock sector.

AgriProFocus is a multi-stakeholder network with Dutch roots that promotes farmer entrepreneurship as a contribution to food and nutrition security in developing countries. Food quality is a growing concern in many of these countries. But the awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance is still low. Continue reading