News And Events

24
Jun

COVID-19 disrupts Africa’s seed supply, threatening food security

BY JOSEPH OPOKU GAKPO JUNE 23, 2020 The global pandemic has made it difficult for some African seed companies to produce and import sufficient quantities of quality certified seeds, prompting fears about food security. A labor shortage, border closures and restrictions on movements have contributed to the challenges that some companies are facing as they struggle to get quality seeds

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22
Jun

FARA holds first Virtual Board Meeting

The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) has held its first Virtual Board Meeting which has been hugely successful as it has been a strong learning curve and a pointer to how future businesses of the organization may be conducted. The virtual Board meeting became unavoidable in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and the impending need to meet

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29
May

Time to boost Africa’s food security-AU

Sharon Kavhu Windhoek -The African Union Commission Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture has urged African countries to utilize the COVID-19 phase for boosting food security with agricultural research and innovations. The Commissioner of the organ-Her Excellency Josepha Leonel Correta Sacko said COVID-19 has created an opportunity for Africa to explore contextualized solutions relevant to the continent. “This is the best

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26
May

Scale Agricultural Research to respond to Domestic Needs -(AUDA)-NEPAD CEO

The Chief Executive Officer of the African Union Development Agency, (AUDA)-NEPAD, Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki has reiterated the call for African solutions to be applied to resolving African challenges. As all major global supply chains continue to come under stress as a result of the somehow uncoordinated steps taken by various countries in an attempt to get ahead of the

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25
May

Allocate 10% of COVID-19 Resources to Agricultural Research – AUC Commissioner

H.E. Josepha Leonel Correia Sacko, Commissioner of the African Union Commission’s Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture has called on Africa’s development partners to allocate at least 10% of the resources committed to fighting the COVID-19 Pandemic to supporting agricultural research institutions in Africa. The Commissioner made the call on Wednesday 20th May, during the first regional and continental eForum

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25
May

Let’s Prepare for the New Norm – FARA Board Chair

Dr. Alioune Fall, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Forum for Agriculture Research in Africa, has called on the members of the consortium and all stakeholders to prepare to take up new ways of doing things, particularly in agricultural research and innovation on the continent, in the wake of the corona virus pandemic that has hit the

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24
May

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? PARTICIPANTS’ TAKE:

e-Forum on Contribution of Agricultural research and innovation in mitigating the impact of COVID-19 in Africa The first regional and continental e-forum on the contribution of agricultural research and innovation to mitigating the impact of COVID-19 in Africa, was hosted by the implementing institutions of the CAAD XP4 programme, on the 20th of May 2020. The webinar was attended by

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22
May

World Bank approves $500m loan towards locust invasion mitigation

As East African countries seek funds to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on its vulnerable populations, governments have racked up loans to deal with other threats like chronic diseases and natural disasters. This week, the World Bank approved $500 million in grants and low-interest loans to combat the natural threat of a locust invasion in East Africa and

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13
May

APPSA Partners with 41,300 Lead Farmers to Fast-track Dissemination of Agricultural Technologies to more than 750,000 Households

The Agricultural Productivity Programme for Southern Africa (APPSA) worked with a total of 41,300 lead farmers in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia who conveyed technologies, innovations, and management practices to their fellow farmers in their respective communities benefiting more than 750,000 households. Launched in 2013, APPSA was a six-year project supported by the World Bank to promote a regional approach to

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21
Apr

New IFAD fund launched to help prevent rural food crisis in wake of COVID-19

Rome, 20 April 2020 – With the COVID-19 pandemic and economic slowdown threatening the lives and livelihoods of the world’s most vulnerable people, the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) today committed US$40 million, and launched an urgent appeal for additional funds, to support farmers and rural communities to continue growing and selling food. IFAD’s new multi-donor fund, the COVID-19 Rural

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