Archives Mensuelles: juillet 2013

Online portal will track African agriculture investments

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AgInvest, a new web portal that will track resource allocation to the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) by governments, development partners and other stakeholders is set to be released in 2013.  The announcement was made by Joseph Karugia, the coordinator of the Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System, Eastern and Central Africa (ReSAKSS-ECA), at a one day meeting held at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) on Monday 15 July, 2013, to review the beta version of AgInvest.

“Tracking and mapping agriculture investments includes documenting their spatial distribution. This means getting to know where the investments are taking place physically and using that knowledge to guide decisions on future investments,” Karugia said.

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Sparking youth engagement in agriculture

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Ask any child in school what he or she would like to be in the future and I’ll bet you  $100 that 0 out of 10 will say farmer.

In Africa, that’s the world we’re living in. However, as scientists, politicians, entrepreneurs and the like gather at the Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW6) I do see a good number of young people involved in agriculture. Among the crowd of young reporters and researchers, one active participant that caught my attention was Gloria Lihemo.

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Raising hope: Africa feeding Africa

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The past week was incredible. A fast paced series of event reported by a great team of social reporters brought together Africa‘s brightest in an attempt to give it the push it needs in order to reach its destiny. Even if many young people say that discussing agriculture and/or policy making is, well, boring, the AASW6 was certainly NOT.

Although I wasn’t present in Accra, Ghana for the 6th Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW6), my heart was there. I followed  the AASW6 Blog and #AASW6 Tweets and have imagined, together with those present in Accra, a bright future for Africa.

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Youth Employment: Decent Work for All Young People, Everywhere

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Youth employment is the burning issues ever since last few decades. Today, when people are moving after the safe, secure future, youths, the pillar of the society are unemployed even after being qualified. The government, in context of the developing country like Nepal has become unable to create job opportunities so the ultimate result is brain drain. Even worse is the situation when the youth are indulged in drug addiction, corruption, rape, murder, dacoit, smuggling, kidnapping. Thus the protector turns to destroyer. In the developing countries, about two third of the young people can’t go to school and can’t find a job. There is no access of education which is a basic need of the people. They start the school but can’t complete their secondary education or leave school after secondary level so they work in the irregular, poor quality, low wage jobs. Similarly sex also plays a vital…

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The endless possiblities of rural banking

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Fortunate delegates at the 6thAfrica Agriculture Science Week in Accra, Ghana  had an opportunity to visit Kpong Irrigation Scheme, one of Ghana’s largest irrigation projects. Rice farming, the project’s main activity is taking place on 1,870 hectares of land a providing a source of livelihood for 2,840 rice farmers. Like any other person with an income, these farmers require financial services especially savings and credit services.

Dangme Rural Bank Limited is a financial institution located at the Kpong irrigation scheme. It offers micro-credit to rice farmers within the scheme. All this may sound rather dull, but it gets better!

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Can a ‘city mouse’ make a good farmer?

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Born and bred in the city, my only interaction with farming and livestock was when I visited my grandparents’ farm during vacations. My grandmother used to call me ‘city mouse,’ because I wasn’t a local from the village.

It was during these visits that I noticed some contrasts between the urban educational system I experienced and the one my cousins in the village had. In one vivid example, I remember thinking, « I NEVER used a cutlass in basic school — here it’s an admission requirement!

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Think of colors. Think of Africa.

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Mother Africa, the land of colors, passion and creativity. The land that, despite its troubles, mostly seems to wake up to the warm embrace of the sun thinking, « As long as the sun is up there is always hope. »

Every country in Africa, in one way or the other has been scarred by a traumatizing event. Wars and famine, just to mention a few, leave individuals with horrifying memories that can last forever. But despite these horrific pasts, one thing we never forget as Africans is our culture.

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Biofortified crops steal the spotlight

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Two biofortified crops both conventionally bred to contain more vitamin A, have attracted strong interest at the Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW) in Accra Ghana.

Since the start of the week-long event at the Accra International Conference Center on July 15, scores of people have enquired about the biofortified vitamin A maize and vitamin A cassava on display at the CGIAR booth. HarvestPlus is exhibiting these two crops as part of its participation alongside sister CGIAR partners at the sixth edition of the AASW.

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Rien au village, pourquoi y rester?

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Plus d’un tiers de la population rurale en Afrique subsaharienne vit à minimum cinq heures du marché le plus proches ? « Pas étonnant qu’il en coûte 5 fois plus cher pour transporter une tonne de riz dans certaines parties de l’Afrique centrale que ça ne l’est sur les routes principales au Pakistan », s’exclame Dr Kanayo Nwanze, Président du Fonds international pour le développement de l’agriculture.

Le manque de débouchés viables condamne trop grand nombre d’agriculteurs africains à l’agriculture de subsistance. Certains finissent par s’en lasser et à se décider à quitter les campagnes pour rejoindre les villes. C’est le cas notamment de nombreux jeunes africains et aussi de plus en plus de femmes et d’enfants.

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De l’eau solide pour l’agriculture africaine?

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Serait-ce une solution pour les pays secs d’Afrique ? Une bonne partie des pays africains ont des problèmes d’eau, les pluies sont rares et la sécheresse fait des ravages ce qui a des mauvaises répercutions sur les récoltes des paysans.

Voici enfin un produit qui se vend en Europe depuis plus de dix ans sous la marque Stockosorb de la firme allemande Stockhausen : c’est de « l’eau solide ». Le polyacrylate (comme on l’appelle) permet de gélifier les liquides et de les réhydrater autant de fois que l’on veut. C’est une sorte de poudre blanche qui ressemble à du sucre. Tout au début de son invention, le produit ne stockait que 250 fois son poids en eau mais de nos jours ce système retient « jusqu’à 500 fois son poids en eau sans en modifier la structure chimique ».

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