The International Fund for Agricultural Development's (IFAD) Executive Board has approved a grant that will help establish FIDAfrique-IFADAfrica, a new knowledge network in sub-Saharan Africa. The network will connect people, organizations, development projects and programs, and other networks working to reduce rural poverty across sub-Saharan Africa so they can share experiences, mutual learning and innovation for rural poverty reduction. IFAD will contribute US$2 million in the US$3.9 million three-year program. The West Africa Rural Foundation (WARF), a foundation currently managing the Central and Western Africa knowledge network, FIDAfrique, will facilitate the use of the grant. FIDAfrique, has been involved in knowledge sharing, conservation agriculture promotion and cassava industry development among many other programs.
FAO Conference to Tackle World Food Security
World food security and the challenges of climate change and bioenergy will be the main issues to be tackled during a high level international conference to be sponsored by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome this June. Heads of State and government ministers are expected to discuss ways to assist countries and the international community to find sustainable solutions to these current concerns.
The conference will identify new challenges facing world food security, supply and demand side, policies and market structure, provide a better understanding of the nexus between food security, climate change and bio-energy. They will also come out with a declaration on "World Food Security and required actions."
Diouf: Now is the Time to Re-launch Agriculture
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General Jacques Diouf called the attention of the international community to the threats and opportunities brought about by high agricultural commodity prices in an opinion article published in the FAO website entitled, "Soaring food prices- threat or opportunity?" He suggested a twin-track approach to solve the problem. First, is the creation of a favorable policy environment that would unite the private sector, farmers and traders. It would then be followed by programs that would ensure that small holder farmers have proper access to resources. Diouf emphasized the Millennium Development Goals which is to reduce by half extreme poverty and hunger in the world in 2015. He stressed that these goals can only be attained if we can boost agriculture in developing countries in a sustainable way.
Harvesting Data from Genetically Engineered Crops
Biotech crops have been planted in large scale in the United States since 1996 and plantings have increased to 57.7 million hectares in the U.
From studies of the succulent Kalanchoe plant, scientists from the USDA Agricultural Research Service Autar Matoo and Renu Deswal of the Botany