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Genetically Modified Crops: Seeds of Hope or Deception?

After steadily declining for over a decade, global hunger is on the rise again, affecting 815 million people in 2016, or 11 per cent of the global population, according to a new edition of the annual United Nations report on [...]

How can we redress gender differences in extension services for farmers?

It is an undeniable fact that women play a key role in striving towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal of achieving Zero Hunger by 2030 by making up almost 50% of the agricultural workforce in some regions, particularly sub-Saharan Africa [...]

The Agricultural Conundrum in Africa: What Now?

Agriculture is the major economic sector throughout countries in Africa. Economic and social lives of many are as a result shaped and determined by the development of the agricultural sector. Given the sector’s large contribution to the overall economy and [...]

The tradeoffs of indigenous and community land right promotion

“All this is a long-term process, but we keep having the commitment and look forward that the guidelines will definitely help to improve the land access of indigenous people”. It is in these terms that Mrs. Marcela Villarreal, Director of Office [...]

In search of a better life…

When the grass looks greener on the other side, it is not only hard to resist, but it can also make life easier when we reach it. Human migration is a trend that can be traced back 2 million years in [...]

CSA: is it about the model or the outfit?

The widespread adoption of the Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) term prior to the establishment of a formal conceptual framework and methodology led to significant differences in meanings applied to the term, as well as confusion and controversy. Some mistaken notion [...]

Get involved, involve men

Empowering women has been a topic of discussion for so many years yet you can never get bored of these presentations. Why? Well it’s simple. All of us have known the feeling of victory sometime in our lives. Struggling for [...]

A cultural heritage under threat and under valued

"Indigenous people believe that Man belongs to the World; civilized people believe that the World belongs to Man." Daniel Quinn There are only 370 million indigenous peoples in this world. And they safeguard 80% of the planet's biodiversity. It is something strange [...]

Double Barrel Gun: Social and Economic Impacts of Malnutrition

So first things first, what is double burden malnutrition? Well if the term malnutrition paints an image of a fragile child with a swollen stomach and bulging eyes you’re halfway there. Double burden malnutrition deals with both undernourishment and obesity. [...]

Strengthening Smallholder Seed Enterprises

“Seed is an important element of resilience through contributions to dietary quality and climate adaptation…” Ben Siddle During one of the side events at the 44th session of the Committee on World Food Security, the representative of Irish Aid, Ben Siddle, [...]
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