FAO, IMF, WTO, World Bank raise alarm over food crisis

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank Group (WBG), World Food Programme (WFP), and World Trade Organisation (WTO) want urgent action to address the global food crisis. FAO Director-General, Qu Dongyu; IMF Managing Director, Kristalina Georgieva; WBG President, David Malpass; WFP Executive Director, David Beasley, and WTO Director-General, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala issued a joint statement on...

FAO Rep Visits Nigeria, Meets Govt Officials Over Humanitarian Crisis

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Africa, Abebe Halle-Gabriel have visited Nigeria in a bid to meet with some selected government officials to chart a way forward in improving the livelihood of the citizens. The FAO Deputy Director of the Office of Emergency and Resilience, Shukri Ahmed who is also part of the visit will accompany the Halle-Gabriel to...

Agro-industrial processing: From consumption to production – Part 3

China’s modernization started in 1978 under its leader, Deng Xiaoping. The keys to his approach were: 1. Maintain political stability at all costs; 2. Focus on the grassroots, bottom-up reforms (starting in agriculture instead of in the financial sector); 3. Promote rural industries despite their primitive technologies; 4. Produce manufactured goods (instead of only natural resources); 5. Provide enormous government support for infrastructure...

Nigerian agrifood tech start-ups, others raise $1.1b

Agrifood tech startups in  Africa have raised $1.1billion in five years, a report has said. The Africa Agrifood tech Investment Report 2022, AgFunder’s first Africa investment report, in partnership with FMO-Dutch entrepreneurial development and British International Investment, aims to contextualise trends on the continent with global trends. The report also indicated that African agrifood tech firms have $1.1 billion since 2017. A...

Agriculture contributes 23% to GDP in 2022 – Minister

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), Dr Mohammad Abubakar, on Thursday, said the agriculture sector contributed 23 per cent to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the first half of 2022. Abubakar stated this in his keynote address at the opening ceremony of the 45th Regular Meeting of the National Council on Agriculture and Rural Development (NCARD) in Jos. The minister said the figure was from the National...

‘We’re ready to tap into Tinubu’s proposed cassava, maize economy’

Farmers across the 36 states, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), have expressed their readiness to tap the opportunities in cassava and maize value chain as proposed by the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu. The farmers, under the auspices of Asiwaju Farmers Forum, stated this yesterday in Abuja. The group said their resolve to tap from the abundant opportunities in staples such...

THE ECONOMIC, ENVIRONMENTAL, AND SOCIAL BENEFITS OF PLANTING CASSAVA

Running for almost two decades already, a local project in Vietnam has been exhibiting the economic, environmental, and social benefits of cassava-based conservation models. By the early 2000s, the Van Yen District in Yen Bai Province, Vietnam, had experienced yield loss and food insecurity due to unsustainable practices, such as intensive farming and monocropping. These practices reduced forest coverage to accommodate agricultural production...

How can I help my soil hold more carbon?

There are some practical things you can do in your home or yard to trap some of the carbon from the atmosphere. In our gardens and with our lawns, what we do can make a difference in how the plants and soil interact. And using best practices, in the long-term, can reduce greenhouse gases, and help the environment! First, some basics. Plants capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere during photosynthesis. They convert the carbon dioxide to...

United States, Nigeria partner on mitigating climate change impacts

Sign MoU on reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions from agric sector With Lagos projected to be wiped off by 2050 (28 years from now) due to the impacts of climate change, President Biden’s Special Envoy on Climate Change, John Kerry, yesterday, said the United States “put $12 billion on the table” to help countries reduce obvious impacts. Already, most cities in Nigeria are faced with erosion, with people becoming homeless due to rising sea...

100 smallholders cassava farmer trained

As part of effort to increases  food security in Nigeria. AYOSIFAM Integrated Service with grant from USAID conducted 3 days training for 100 smallholders cassava farmers in 5 different local government areas in Kwara State on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), Financial Literacy/Farm Business School (FBS), Cooperative Formation and introduction to ICT with aims to increased the knowledge of the farmers on cassava farm business and better equip...

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