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Raising hope: Africa feeding Africa

The past week was incredible. A fast paced series of event reported by a great team of social reporters brought together Africa‘s brightest in an attempt to give it the push it needs in order to reach its destiny. Even if many young people say that discussing agriculture and/or policy making is, well, boring, the AASW6 was certainly NOT. Continue reading “Raising hope: Africa feeding Africa”

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Closing the gender gap in agriculture: Which way, Africa?

Over 70% of people in sub-Saharan Africa depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. In sub-Saharan Africa, over 60% of employed women work in the agricultural sector and a significant number of them are smallholder farmers. Thus, it may be rightly said that African women are the backbone of the continent’s agriculture and nutrition. Continue reading “Closing the gender gap in agriculture: Which way, Africa?”

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Agri entrepreneurs as a new type of innovators

Smallholders need to work the logic of markets. For that they need skills – and they do not come spontaneously. To make farming a business, farmers need specific services to help them in doing so: business services. And these services need to cater to a wide range of types of farmers. Continue reading “Agri entrepreneurs as a new type of innovators”

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Kick-off of the #TOCS2013 workshop @BioversityInt

We kicked off this morning in a great way the Technical Online Communications workshop at Bioversity International under the masterful hands of Peter Casier and the CGIAR Consortium. If you ever wanted to know who are the people behind those beautiful sites from the CGIAR Centers and CRP`s, here is your chance to meet them: where they are from, what they do, what are their secrets. Continue reading “Kick-off of the #TOCS2013 workshop @BioversityInt”

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The rural-urban divide in #FoodSecurity

For decades now, researchers have noticed a new trend in migration. While 100 years ago, about 85% of all people were living in the countryside, today only 50% of people are living in rural areas. And, as the number of rural inhabitants decreases (with about 180000 people each day), so does the number of people going into agriculture. As I have stated in several previous blog posts, the number of young people going into agriculture is decreasing and we face an ageing population. As an example, in Europe only 6% of all farmers are under 35 years old, while more than 80% are over 55 years old. Continue reading “The rural-urban divide in #FoodSecurity”