First-ever Food Systems Summit sees billions in pledges & plenty of disagreements

The US and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pledged nearly $11 billion over five years to make global food production and consumption healthier, more equitable, and more environmentally-friendly at the first-ever UN Food Systems Summit last week. A host of coalitions and initiatives were … Continue reading First-ever Food Systems Summit sees billions in pledges & plenty of disagreements

Africa Agriculture Status Report 2021 urges governments to make food insecurity a national security issue

The 2021 Africa Agriculture Status Report 2021 (ASR21) is urging governments on the continent to make food insecurity a national security issue worth prioritizing. The report launched during the Alliance for Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in Nairobi wants governments to … Continue reading Africa Agriculture Status Report 2021 urges governments to make food insecurity a national security issue

Large-Scale Food Fortification: Building nutritious, resilient & sustainable food systems

Currently, USAID and global partners are elevating large-scale food fortification (LSFF) which entails improving the nutritional quality of a food item during the processing stage. A resilient and sustainable food system includes processed foods that meet quality and safety standards, … Continue reading Large-Scale Food Fortification: Building nutritious, resilient & sustainable food systems

Call to build on policy gains to transform agriculture and food systems in Zimbabwe

With the right policies and investment approaches, the agricultural sector can help invigorate Zimbabwe’s 2030 vision for an upper middle income agriculture economy, government, development partners and private-sector leaders said at the Zimbabwe Livelihoods and Food Security Programme (LFSP) closeout … Continue reading Call to build on policy gains to transform agriculture and food systems in Zimbabwe

Saving Africa’s agroecological food baskets from the agroecology movement

As agroecology activism increases within the global food system, many African communities involved in agriculture and food production, as well as consumers, are getting confused. This confusion stems from antagonism between the continent’s need for a green revolution — defined … Continue reading Saving Africa’s agroecological food baskets from the agroecology movement

Global Environment Facility: Repairing the broken food system for sustainable and resilient food security in Africa

As farmers and consumers grapple with disruptions in the global food supply chain, we are witnessing an exacerbation of threats to the natural environment. Since start of the pandemic, increases in deforestation and forest degradation, illegal wildlife exploitation, plastic pollution, … Continue reading Global Environment Facility: Repairing the broken food system for sustainable and resilient food security in Africa

Africa has a growing food security problem: here is why it can’t be fixed without proper data

The COVID-19 pandemic and consequent lockdown measures have had a huge negative impact on producers and consumers. Food production has been disrupted, and incomes have been lost. But a far more devastating welfare consequence of the pandemic could be reduced … Continue reading Africa has a growing food security problem: here is why it can’t be fixed without proper data