Technology helps Africa's women farmers close the gap

Technology helps Africa's women farmers close the gap

Sophie Mbugua – Thomson Reuters Foundation – Monday October 27, 2014 (originally published 23 Oct) Women farmers are the backbone of food production in much of Africa, but have long suffered from limited access to information and advice. In the continent’s east, new technologies and conventional media are now being used to help fill that […]

Why effective climate policy needs women – and vice versa

Why effective climate policy needs women – and vice versa

Aira Kalela – Responding to Climate Change – Tuesday, 05 August 2014 (originally published 4 Aug) Climate change will increase inequality between men and women without action, says Finland’s former climate chief. Integrating a gender approach in the new climate agreement will be vital to provide the legal base for promoting gender responsive climate action […]

Women spearhead efforts to feed Africa

Women spearhead efforts to feed Africa

Nirit Ben-Ari – SpyGhana – Tuesday, 08 April 2014 (originally published 06 Apr) Do land, seeds and crops havea gender? Perhaps they do in sub-Saharan Africa, where women produce up to 80% of foodstuffs for household consumption and sale in local markets, according to a report by the World Bank and the Food and Agriculture […]

Tainted shrimp from Vietnam points to marine-based viral disease

Tainted shrimp from Vietnam points to marine-based viral disease

WNN WorldFOOD (WNN/SciDev) Hanoi, VIETNAM, SOUTH-EASTERN ASIA: A cause of a mysterious disease devastating shrimp farms across Asia since 2009 has been tracked back to a strain of a bacteria native to coastlines around the world. The shrimp early mortality syndrome has perplexed experts for years, in a region where roughly one million people depend […]

Community gardens work to increase food security in Lesotho, Africa

Community gardens work to increase food security in Lesotho, Africa

WNN WorldFOOD (WNN/FAO) Maseru, Lesotho, Southeast Africa: A project in Lesotho’s Mafeteng district shows HIV-affected families how to unlock the potential of keyhole gardens for greater food and nutrition security. Lesotho is one of the smallest African countries neighboring on the northeast border of South Africa. The Kingdom of Lesotho is a mountainous, landlocked nation. […]

AFRICA: Kenyan women become champions for stop climate change policy

AFRICA: Kenyan women become champions for stop climate change policy

Isaiah Esipisu for Thomson Reuters Foundation – WNN Earth Watch (WNN/Thomson Reuters Foundation) Nairobi, KENYA, EASTERN AFRICA: Women are due to get a bigger say in Kenya’s climate change policies after female parliamentarians representing its 47 counties joined a group that has been pushing for gender balance from the local up to the national level. […]

Environmentally friendly farming brings greater food security to Africa

Environmentally friendly farming brings greater food security to Africa

WNN WorldFOOD (WNN/UN) Rome, ITALY, WESTERN EUROPE: An environmentally-friendly farming model can help significantly increase cassava yields and help turn it into a staple 21st century crop, the United Nations food agency said today. In a new field guide, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) states that cassava output has increased by 60 per cent […]

Global organizations team up to improve conditions for small food producers

Global organizations team up to improve conditions for small food producers

WNN WorldFOOD (WNN) Rome, ITALY, WEST EUROPE: The FAO – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations with the international Slow Food organization agreed on May 15, 2013 to band together to develop actions to improve the livelihoods of smallholders and others working within agri-farming efforts to produce our world’s food. Under a three-year […]

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