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Sensibilisation et communication au service de la sécurité alimentaire - quel est le meilleur moyen d’améliorer la sécurité alimentaire et la nutrition à l’échelon national?

Sensibilisation et communication au service de la sécurité alimentaire - quel est le meilleur moyen d’améliorer la sécurité alimentaire et la nutrition à l’échelon national?

La mesure dans laquelle information sur la sécurité alimentaire et la nutrition est réellement utilisée par les décideurs et son degré d'influence sur l'élaboration de politiques restent vagues. Dans cette discussion, nous souhaitons analyser les facteurs qui contribuent à l'utilisation effective des preuves des connaissances dans les processus d'élaboration de politiques, en particulier à l'échelle des pays et des régions.

 

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Technologies agricoles et innovation - occasions de faire une différence

Technologies agricoles et innovation - occasions de faire une différence

Je m’appelle Peter Steele et je fais actuellement partie de l’équipe régionale de la FAO au service des industries agricoles d’Afrique du Nord et du Proche Orient. Cette équipe comprend une centaine de spécialistes techniques et de personnel de service. Le sujet du débat suggère que j’appartiens à une «niche» professionnelle : je suis en effet ingénieur agricole et je m’intéresse plus particulièrement à l’industrie agro-alimentaire.
 

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05.04.2010 - 29.04.2010

With Technology and Elite capture - Are Cooperatives Relevant today?

par Mr. Rwakakamba Morrison

With over 10,400,000 citizens connected to mobile phones in Uganda (according to International Communication Union) over 5,000,000 browsing internet daily and millions tuning into more than 228 fm radio stations broadcasting in local languages – Do we still need the kind of cooperatives that operated in 1970’s and 1980s to connect farmers and small businesses to markets? Calls for revival of Cooperatives are a hot and rehearsed issue, amongst, especially opposition politicians and operatives. Possibly bending a bit to pressure, government rebranded the Ministry to Trade Tourism and Industry to Ministry of Trade and Cooperatives! Alas- this Cooperative narrative needs to be re-imagined in current Uganda. We need to be talking about new ways of organizing and governing markets. If old cooperatives don’t change, what is left of them will soon disappear.

Fixing Uganda's Extension System

par Mr. Rwakakamba Morrison

Uganda has only 1600 extension workers mandated to serve 4,000, 000 million farmer households in Uganda giving a ratio of 1: 2500 farmer households.
The rural nature of most farms remains a challenge to graduate and fresh extension workers from college as these fresh professionals often prefer enjoying the trappings of peri-urban life.  
How do we crack this state of affairs? Do we leave solutions to policy makers and technocrats? Do we call for reinstatement and restoration of regional district farm demonstrations and stock farms?
A solution may perhaps lie in a stronger role of the private sector such as engaging in public –private partnerships and embracing technology. There is a pool of Extension Link farmers that were in late 1990’s trained by Uganda National Farmers Federation all over Uganda. Mobile phones technology can be used to complement extension efforts. Could such a model bring down the current expansive farmer-extension worker ratio and abridge the current information gap at the farm level?