Climate Change has cut Global Agricultural Productivity by 21% since 1961

The University of Maryland (UMD) has collaborated with Cornell University and Stanford University to quantify the man-made effects of climate change on global agricultural productivity growth for the first time. In a new study published in Nature Climate Change, researchers developed a robust model of weather effects on productivity, looking at … Continue reading Climate Change has cut Global Agricultural Productivity by 21% since 1961

ILRI and India’s Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying discuss priority areas for livestock sector development

In late August this year, Habibar Rahman, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) regional representative for South Asia met Shri Parshottam Rupala Ji, minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying (MoFAH&D) in India, to submit a letter to impress upon the … Continue reading ILRI and India’s Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying discuss priority areas for livestock sector development

Promoting women’s participation in collective livestock marketing: Reflections from community conversations in Ethiopia

Smallholder livestock keepers face many market challenges such as low prices, weak bargaining power, lack of market information, high transaction costs, lack of group actions, distance to markets, lack of marketing infrastructure, erratic and unorganized markets, and lack of market … Continue reading Promoting women’s participation in collective livestock marketing: Reflections from community conversations in Ethiopia

Supply and delivery of antimicrobials in smallholder livestock production systems in Uganda

Access to quality veterinary drugs is a significant challenge for smallholder livestock keepers in low- and middle-income countries. Moreover, livestock producers who have access to over-the-counter animal drugs, including antimicrobials, often misuse them in food producing animals, which can produce … Continue reading Supply and delivery of antimicrobials in smallholder livestock production systems in Uganda

Calls for halt to funding for industrial agriculture

Civil society organisations have called on influential donors to stop funding industrial agriculture programmes, which they say harm smallholder farmers and the environment. The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) — which represents 200 million small-scale food producers — along with 165 organisations from … Continue reading Calls for halt to funding for industrial agriculture

African farmers and agribusinesses need fair access to markets in face of climate change

Southern and Eastern Africa face the twin challenges of growing agricultural production to meet food demand while adapting to extreme weather. And climate change makes addressing these challenges extremely urgent. Southern Africa is a climate change hotspot. Eastern Africa is projected … Continue reading African farmers and agribusinesses need fair access to markets in face of climate change

Snail production: Council for Scientific and Industrial Research calls for greater investment in snail farming

The Deputy Director-General of Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Ghana (CSIR), Professor Paul Bosu, has called for substantial investment in snail farming to position Ghana as the chief snail producer and supplier on the continent. He said redirecting significant … Continue reading Snail production: Council for Scientific and Industrial Research calls for greater investment in snail farming

Re-greening Africa: World Vision Ghana provides small ruminants to farmers in Bawku West

A Christian humanitarian and development organization, World Vision Ghana, has provided 220 small ruminants to 110 farmers in the Bawku West District of the Upper East Region to rear as economic empowerment venture for improved livelihoods. The beneficiaries, with each … Continue reading Re-greening Africa: World Vision Ghana provides small ruminants to farmers in Bawku West

General Agricultural Workers’ Union cautions public not to expect bumper harvest this year

General Secretary of the General Agricultural Workers’ Union, Edward Kareweh, has advised the public not expect a bumper harvest this year. According to Mr Kareweh, several factors including shortage of fertiliser will significantly affect the produce of farmers. He explained that … Continue reading General Agricultural Workers’ Union cautions public not to expect bumper harvest this year