Africa / Agriculture / Asia / Directorate / Food Security / ILRI / Latin America / Markets

Growing interest in utilizing smallholder farmers–Jarvis

Andy Jarvis, of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, makes a presentation on ecosystem services in Colombia (photo credit: CIAT’s Neil Palmer). Andy Jarvis, who leads a Decision and Policy Analysis Program and runs a ‘Linking Markets to Farmers’ blog at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), based in Colombia, blogged yesterday about an … Continue reading

Africa / Agriculture / Asia / Directorate / Farming Systems / Food Security / ILRI / Mozambique / Niger / South Asia

Backing smallholder farmers today could avert food crises tomorrow

The Guardian‘s Poverty Matters blog today (14 October 2010) published the following opinion piece by Carlos Seré, director general of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). ‘Agribusiness investment would not only transform the lives of farmers in south Asia and Africa, but boost global food security. ‘As food riots continue in Mozambique and food crises … Continue reading

Africa / Agriculture

African agri-boom could be ‘bigger than mobile phones’–World Bank VP for Africa

Farming in the highlands of Ethiopia (Credit: ILRI/Habtamu). ‘Agriculture and agri-business offer the biggest transformational potential for Africa, with an even greater positive impact on ordinary people’s lives than the mobile phone boom. ‘“If you ask me what the next ‘big thing’ in Africa will be, I’d say without hesitation agriculture and agri-business,” the World … 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