Agriculture / Ethiopia / Food Security / Ghana / Nutrition / Presentation / Tanzania

President Obama: Sustaining commitments, speeding things up, for African food security

Last week at the 2012 G8 Summit in the USA, Oxfam International asked world leaders to join smallholder farmers and developing countries to fight hunger by delivering on their previous pledges and recommitting for the future by joining its Grow Campaign (image credit: Oxfam International). Last week, on 18 May and the eve of the 2012 … Continue reading

CCAFS / CGIAR / Climate Change / Environment / Food Security / ILRI / NRM / Opinion piece

Move our global food systems into a ‘safe space’–Memo to G8 from CGIAR’s Bruce Campbell

Watch this elegant 6-minute film: How to fed the world by 2050: Actions in a changing climate. Film summary: To achieve food security in a changing climate, the global community must operate within three limits: the quantity of food that can be produced under a given climate; the quantity needed by a growing and changing … Continue reading

Agriculture / Food Security / Markets / Trade

G20 agriculture ministers meet this week: Must invest in food markets to bolster food security–Guardian

Workers unload milk cans at a commercial dairy plant in Dimapur, Nagaland, India (photo credit: ILRI/Mann). A blog in the Guardian this week argues for the G20 agriculture ministers meeting this week to support ‘new investment in farming and vibrant, transparent markets to address food security.’ ‘As the G20 agriculture ministers prepare to meet for the … Continue reading

Africa / France / North Africa

G-8 leaders throw weight, and promised funds, behind Arab and Africa ‘Springs’

Egyptian women protesting in Tahrir Square (photo credit: Joseph Hill, nebedaay’s Flickr photostream). The UPI reports that ‘the world’s leading economic powers closed their G-8 summit in Deauville, France, this Friday [27 May 2011]  by pledging aid to new democracies in the Arab world and Africa. The Group of Eight—the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Japan, … 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

Food Security

Farming First launches new guide to food security for G8 Summit

Since the food crisis erupted in 2008, many global and regional food security initiatives have been launched or strengthened in response. While these developments are welcome, improving policy and implementation coherence is essential to ensure that the various programmes have the desired impacts. Farming First urges policymakers to: promote a clear joint focus on a … Continue reading