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COVID-19 provides lessons for food systems reform


While the COVID-19 pandemic has left millions unable to meet basic nutritional needs and disrupted supply chains, it also provides a window into opportunities for much-needed food systems reform, according to the 2021 Global Food Policy Report. The annual report, produced by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) examined the impact COVID-19 has had on the world’s already fragile ...

Green gold: Avocado farming on the rise in Africa


The so-called green gold is rapidly gaining popularity on the African continent. Both Nigeria and Uganda aim to drastically increase their avocado production and become top exporters in the next decade. Kenya is already among the global top 10. Export revenues in the East African country surged by a third between 2019 and 2020. Farmers are hailing the crop as an antidote to poverty in rural areas.

Why Tanzania needs to invest more into avocado production


Eating avocados is always cool. The yummy fruit is a refreshment that adds great taste to the food. For years, in Tanzania, it has been a by the way crop, for home consumption. But in recent years things have changed. According to a 2019 study by Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC) and East Africa Trade and Investment Hub, avocado has been transformed to be an important earner of forex for Tanzania ...

The rise of Africa’s super vegetables


Just a few years ago, many of those plates would have been filled with staples such as collard greens or kale — which were introduced to Africa from Europe a little over a century ago. In Nairobi, indigenous vegetables were once sold almost exclusively at hard-to-find specialized markets; and although these plants have been favoured by some rural populations in Africa, they were largely ignored by ...

Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted: 2021 World Food Prize Laureate


Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted, native of Trinidad and Tobago and a citizen of Denmark, will receive the 2021 World Food Prize for her groundbreaking research, critical insights and landmark innovations in developing holistic, nutrition-sensitive approaches to aquaculture and food systems. By bringing together interdisciplinary and international collaborators, she drove transformations in ...

Capacity Strengthening: Navigating Peer Review


Peer-reviewed publication is the primary output currency of the research community. Two reasons are that peer review is an essential quality control mechanism and that peer-reviewed publication expands the domain of prospective impact of one’s research. Each of those reasons is especially valuable for policy-oriented research. But the peer review process can be opaque for researchers inexperienced ...

Political economy analysis of the Kenyan food systems


The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development highlights the need for more sustainable food systems for tackling challenges such as malnutrition, poverty, biodiversity loss, ecosystem degradation, and climate change. However, limited access to financial resources often hampers the acceleration towards more sustainable food systems. The AgrInvest-Food System project seeks to attract private ...

New Pan-African Trade Deal Can Transform the Continent’s Food Systems


Now that it is in effect, the AfCFTA will be one of the largest free trade areas in the world, covering a market of more than 1.2 billion people and up to USD$3 trillion in combined GDP. It also has the potential to increase intra-African trade by more than 50 per cent, which would add an estimated USD$76 billion in income to the rest of the world. African nations have already made determined ...

Policy innovations to expand food and agriculture trade in Africa


Agricultural trade is a connector and a key avenue for addressing global challenges. It offers opportunities for actors to integrate into international markets through global value chains, creates new employment opportunities, catalyses backward and forward investments along various value chains and reduces the cost of goods and services, including food. In this respect, trade is a critical ...

Land, climate, energy, agriculture and development in the Sahel


At an online event on January 19, 2021, researchers from national research institutes and universities in the Sahel region and Germany, namely the Agrhymet Regional Centre of the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) in Niger and the Center for Development Research at the University of Bonn (ZEF) in Germany launched a series of national cases studies*) and a ...