IFAD’s New Investment Programme to Boost Private Funding of Rural Businesses, Small-scale Farmers

Rome, Italy//- Rural businesses, which are so vital for transforming our food systems, will get a much needed boost from an ambitious new financing programme launched today by the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) (www.IFAD.org), as part of its broader efforts to address rising hunger and poverty levels in the world’s poorest countries.

Tracing the History of Farming Across Africa Gives Clues to Low Production Outputs

African farmers need homegrown solutions to improve food security. Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-NC-SA Henning Bjornlund, University of South Australia; André F. van Rooyen, CGIAR System Organization, and Vibeke Bjornlund, University of South Australia Agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa is under-performing, leaving 30% of people in the region food insecure. Food insecurity means that not all people, […]

How COVID-19 Measures Have Affected Food Safety in East Africa

Traders leave their cabbages after the County Governor ordered the closure of the main open air market to curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Kisumu, Kenya. CASMIR ODUOR/AFP via Getty Images Florence Mutua, International Livestock Research Institute ; Delia Grace, International Livestock Research Institute , and Erastus Kang’ethe, University of Nairobi Foodborne diseases […]