Africa / Agriculture / ILRI / Markets / Report

Africa’s food market could reach trillion dollars by 2030–World Bank

The Butcher Shop by Ferdnand Leger, 1921 (via WikiPaintings). ‘A World Bank report launched last week has suggested that Africa’s farmers and agribusinesses could create a trillion-dollar food market by 2030. ‘However, the pre-condition for such a development would be for agri-business SMEs to expand their access to more capital, electricity, better technology and irrigated … Continue reading

Africa / Agriculture / Books and chapters / Drought / Food Security / ILRI / Markets / Opinion piece

To market, to market–but where is the market? Jimmy Smith and Namanga Ngongi say agricultural markets could be the engines of Africa’s development

Three diapered goats in the trunk of a car, bought at the local livestock market, await the drive in Mali (photo on Flickr by Romel Jacinto). The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) recently released a book of case studies illustrating ‘high- payoff/low-cost’ initiatives that could help … Continue reading

Drought / East Africa / Ethiopia / Food Security / Insurance / Kenya / Somalia / Vulnerability

Drought-tolerant crops and crop and livestock insurance can help farmers fight effects of drought in the Horn

‘A partnership between academics and a beer company, which sent sorghum prices soaring in East Africa, has been highlighted as a way of harnessing agricultural research to fight the effects of drought such as the one in the Horn of Africa. . . . ‘The example was highlighted at a press briefing in Nairobi last … Continue reading

Africa / Animal Feeding / Fodder / Markets / Trade

AGRA to help connect Africa’s small-scale farmers to markets

A boy works at peeling a mountain of cassava in Nigeria (photo credit: ILRI/Mann). The Alliance for a Green Revolution for Africa and its partners are committing US$42 million to a markets program that will connect smallholder farmers to local, regional, and international markets, this press release reports. The markets’ program is currently overseeing US$14 … Continue reading

Africa / Agriculture

We need to change the image of agriculture in Africa–Namanga Ngongi

Namanga Ngongi, president of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, at the World Economic Forum annual meeting, in Davos, Switzerland, 2008 (photo credit: Andy Mettler for World Economic Forum). With the right support and help, farming can transform lives of millions of people in Africa, argues Namanga Ngongi, president of the Alliance for … Continue reading

Africa / Agriculture / Brazil / Latin America

Brazilian interest in Africa: Agriculture’s final frontier?

In this weekly column, Roger Thurow, former foreign correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, describes the interest of Embrapa, the Brazilian agricultural research corporation that engineered a ‘green revolution’ in Brazil, in Africa. ‘. . . In Africa, Embrapa’s scientists are exploring soil and geological conditions that are similar to Brazil’s. . . . Embrapa has … Continue reading

Africa / Agriculture / Livelihoods

Gates president wants ‘big talk’ at ‘big meetings’ to remain committed to the world’s small farmers

The Huffington Post last week (25 June 2010) published an opinion piece by Sylvia Mathews Burwell, president of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Development Program. She argued the need for ‘big talk’ at forthcoming ‘big meetings’ to remain focused on meeting the needs of the world’s small farmers. ‘The season of big meetings … Continue reading