Tag Archives: Food Security

When Technology Meets Agriculture: Can We Expect More?
By admin October 9, 2018

Nowadays, agricultural technology is no longer an obscure niche. The blockchain in agriculture and food supply chains markets will be worth over $400 million in the next five years, according to a new report authored by Reportlinker last Thursday. The boom of agriculture technology can be explained by Demand and Supply Law. The population growth

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Fall Armyworm and Global Food Security: Why should we be concerned?
By admin August 21, 2018

Since its outbreak in Nigeria in 2016, the Fall Armyworm has spread precipitously across sub-Saharan Africa and has extended to India.  The Fall Armyworm (FAW), or Spodoptera frugiperda is an insect that is native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas. In its larva stage, it can cause significant damage to crops, if not meticulously

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Amidst Global Refugee Crisis: Establishing Financial Security
By admin April 3, 2018

Photo Source: Al Jazeera   Despite progress around humanitarian intervention and the improved living conditions of refugee camps around the world, many refugees continue to face limited access to social and economic opportunities to integrate into a new country and live prosperous lives. Evidence from Consultative Group to Assist the Poor’s (CGAP) working paper on

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Yemen: “A Bus Racing Towards The End of a Cliff”
By admin August 7, 2017

Since civil war broke out in Yemen almost three years ago, a dire humanitarian situation has unfolded, and appears to only be getting worse. Yemen, one of the poorest countries in the Arab world, has been left devastated by two warring factions of the countries leadership. The civil war has killed more than 10,000 people,

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Rebuilding After El Nino
By admin April 18, 2017

Southern Africa’s ecosystems and natural resources are at risk with temperatures rising, scarce water supplies, and severe droughts. The effects of El-Nino, that ended early 2016, still have not been dealt with and have continued to leave the region with continuous problems. The natural disaster was ranked as one of the top three since 1950.

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Threatening Pests Take Hold In Africa
By admin April 4, 2017

Armyworm was first noticed in Africa nearly a year ago and has already “infested hundreds of thousands of hectares of maize across more than a dozen countries on the continent”. More specifically, this was first noticed in Nigeria in January 2016. This infestation is the beginning of a major threat to food security in these

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The Ethical Side of Agricultural Growth Projects in Africa
By admin December 5, 2016

Amongst the many challenges Africa faces today, we can surely enlist obstacles related to food production as one of them. With massive population growth facing countries across the continent, along with the environmental challenges related to climate change and low yield growth, Africa needs to expand food production or it may never resolve its massive

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Challenging Mainstream Thought: What are the main drivers of climate change?
By admin November 16, 2016

In an age of information, we are often challenged by many sources of information, and then counter-information, and then a counter to the counter as well. When one just wants to find some facts on an issue, it is often a challenge to uncover what the truest set of facts may be and that comes

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Is Globalization a Force for Good for African Farmers? A Look into Ethiopia’s Teff Market
By admin October 18, 2016

Ethiopians have been planting teff for more than 3,000 years and, together with coffee, teff nowadays represents one of Ethiopia’s inescapable foods. Many food companies such as Love Grain in the US and Tobia Teff in the UK are involved in the teff business and both have stated the potential that this grain has to

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There are Politics in my Food
By admin September 28, 2016

Within the last week Egypt and Russia have decided to take their political rows to the food sector. Historic trading partners in food imports and exports, Russia and Egypt have faced a plethora of ups and downs this year. Dating back to the uprisings of the winter of 2010 leading into the spring of 2011,

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