Photo Credit: Flickr (Adam Cohn)

By: Rachel Kohn

Ephraim Nkonya, Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) (Photo Source: IISD)

Please join us below Monday June 8, 2015 from 12:15 PM to 1:45 PM (EDT) for an IFPRI seminar presenting findings of food and nutrition security research projects in Africa south of the Sahara (SSA) funded by German federal ministries.

New labeling system may bring safe, affordable maize flour to Kenyan consumers

BY: Vivian Hoffman

Kenyan consumers are demanding maize flour that is safe from contamination by aflatoxin, a chemical linked to cancer and other health problems. The toxin, produced by certain fungi, is commonly found in maize from several regions of Kenya due to a combination of environmental conditions and poor post-harvest practices.

Photo Credit: Flickr (Robert Thomson 2008)

BY: Rachel Kohn

The April edition of the FAO Monthly News Report on Grains was released today, with multiple articles addressing China's grain management system and coverage of record cereal and wheat harvests for Morocco and India, respectively. The report also covers ongoing global and regional trends in grain prices and policies.

© FAO/Giulio Napolitano

27 April 2015, Rome – Millions of pastoralists will benefit from a new online knowledge hub that will help them raise their voices in international policy debates and share valuable information to strengthen their agricultural livelihoods.

The Pastoralist Knowledge Hub – launched today by FAO, the European Union, Germany and other partners – will enable mobile livestock keepers to connect, to meet and discuss issues like agricultural innovations or land regulations and find shared solutions to common challenges.

Agricultural extenionist addresses farmer group in rural Malawi. Source: Flickr (Kirk Mason/Global Devlab)

SPOTLIGHT: Pilot project in Malawi

BY: Kate Ambler, Alan de Brauw, and Susan Godlonton

R. Zougmoré / CCAFS (Flickr)

Author: Rachel Kohn

Weather shocks-- from changing temperatures to fluctuations in rainfall-- pose a serious risk for low-income farmers, pastoralists, fisherfolk and others whose livelihoods depend on the natural resources impacted by these changes.

A person’s aspirations, or goals and targets for their future, can be a driving force in their life, providing motivation and guiding their choices. But when forming aspirations, all people dismiss some options for their future lives, and fail to even imagine other options or opportunities. Once formed, our aspirations can limit the possible futures we consider by focusing our attention on some future options and filtering out others.

On August 14, IFPRI and the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI) held a Policy Forum on food and nutrition security in Zambia. The meeting was attended by 66 representatives of various international organizations and government ministries, including the Zambian Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock and the European Union.

This piece was originally posted on IFPRI.org
By Rebecca Sullivan

At the L’Aquila G-8 summit in 2009, governments and organizations committed more than $20 billion to agriculture and rural development as a means of promoting food and nutrition security.

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