Originally published on Farming First. This week, the world marks International Day of Rural Women, Thrive contemplates women farmers and how they are coping with today’s agricultural challenges. Take farmer Rachel from Kenya. With severe weather on the rise, Rachel’s farm is besieged by erosion. And downstream water users are also feeling the impacts. But researchers […]

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By Gashaw Tadesse Abate, Tanguy Bernard, Alan de Brauw, Nicholas Minot and Elena Hildebrandt Smallholder farmers in Africa South of the Sahara often experience low yields, and efforts to increase them have sprouted throughout the continent. Yet many farmers fail to adopt modern inputs or farming techniques that would increase productivity because of several constraints, […]

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By Yinuo Li One in a series of guest blog posts from leading voices in global development on achieving long-term sustainability and growth while ending hunger, poverty, and malnutrition. Agricultural cooperation was one of the main topics at the recent 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). The summit’s action plan stressed the importance […]

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Six years ago, Kenya discovered commercially viable oil deposits in the Turkana region. The find is expected to boost economic growth as about 560 million barrels of oil are expected to be recovered from the South Lokichar Basin. Commercial oil production is expected in about three to four years. But not all Kenyans are happy. […]

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GENDER imbalance has been described as a major factor militating against the development of agriculture in Africa, thereby holding back progress towards ending hunger. The Director-General, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), José Graziano da Silva, made the statement during a joint meeting with the African Union (AU), at the recently-held United Nations General […]

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Introduction Africa’s smallholder farmers have long been victim to fragmented, disorganised markets where they have had to sell their products for lower than the market price. Commodity exchanges offer more stable, more ethical trading platforms whereby farmers can benefit from fairer transactions and learn how to make wiser marketing and investment decisions. There has never […]

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In 2016 and 2017, Zimbabwe was struck by a double disaster: An already severe drought was exacerbated by the most extreme El Niño impact seen in the country during the past 75 years. In combination, the two events decimated food production, and led Zimbabwe to declare a state of disaster. Unfortunately, such extreme weather is […]

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