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World Bank/Curt Carnemark

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April 15, 2016

Will El Niño be a wake-up call to invest in food security solutions?

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By Christian Thierfelder, Jill Cairns, Kindie Tesfaye, Peter Setimela  HARARE (CIMMYT) — In southern Africa close to 50 million people are projected to be affected by droughts caused by the current El Niño, a climate phenomenon that develops in the tropical Pacific Ocean causing extreme weather worldwide — this year, one of the strongest on record. Many of those millions are expected to be… Read more »

E.Hermanowicz (Bioversity International)

Photo E.Hermanowicz (Bioversity International)

April 5, 2016

Developing a nutrition-sensitive pro-WEAI

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 By Jesscia Heckert and Sunny Kim This month on A4NH’s Gender-Nutrition Idea Exchange, we continue our series of blogs on the second phase of the Gender, Agriculture, and Assets Program (GAAP2). GAAP2 aims to develop a validated indicator to measure women’s empowerment in agricultural development programs (pro-WEAI) which includes a nutrition-specific module to be used by programs with nutrition outcomes…. Read more »

Victor Dobai

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Serious rain: East Africa’s annual Easter resurrection

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By Susan Macmillan (ILRI) Boys with their goats in the rain in Kenya (ILRI/Stevie Mann). 3 April 2016: Loresho, Nairobi suburb Exactly four days following Easter Sunday this year, the ‘long rains’ arrived in Nairobi, watering the earth, flooding the streets, pounding the rooftops. All night that night, and all night the following nights, the kusi monsoon,… Read more »

P.Kimeli (CCAFS)

Photo P.Kimeli (CCAFS)

March 31, 2016

Strengthening ties with Kenya

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The common interests of the Kenyan government and ICRISAT in improving the nutrition and income of smallholder farmers, involving youth in agriculture, use of information technology and involving private sector in agriculture were explored in a recent meeting between Mr Willy Bett, Cabinet Secretary, Kenya Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries and Dr David Bergvinson,… Read more »

N.Palmer (CIAT)

Photo N.Palmer (CIAT)

China seeks to deepen relations with Africa in agricultural development

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By Katherine Lopez, Head of Communication, IITA China has stepped up efforts to deepen collaboration with Africa in the area of agricultural development with the exploration of cooperation with IITA. China’s Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences (CATAS), the agency that is promoting the collaboration with IITA, sees the partnership as a win-win situation for both China… Read more »

N.Palmer (CIAT)

Photo N.Palmer (CIAT)

Building a resilient agriculture sector in Rwanda through climate information services

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By Susan Onyango (ICRAF) The Rwandan government has teamed up with research institutes and development partners to provide nearly one million farmers with timely access to essential climate information services. The launch of Rwanda Climate Services for Agriculture project, coinciding with the World Meteorological Day on March 23, will help transform the country’s rural farming communities and… Read more »

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