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Africa needs its young people to modernize its agricultural sectors

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General stresses the importance of creating jobs in rural areas

Migration, both to urban areas and abroad, risks depriving African countries of the young people they need to modernize their agriculture sectors, which are key to achieving growth and prosperity, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, said today. "It is crucial that African countries also look at rural areas for…

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Climate-Smart Agriculture key to support long-term growth of Near East and North Africa countries UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Islamic Development Bank gather countries to discuss future of agriculture in the region

Climate change is having a significant impact on agricultural production around the region

The Near East and North Africa (NENA) region faces numerous common challenges to achieving improved food security, nutrition and inclusive agricultural development. Rapid population growth, increasing urbanization, low growth in food production, as well as scarce and fragile natural resources and the threat of climate change have been compounding the…

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Boosting farm productivity in Africa through the sustainable use of machines

New African Union-Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) framework also aims to create new jobs while reducing reliance on manual labor

FAO and the African Union today launched a new framework document that aims to increase agricultural efficiency and reduce drudgery by helping countries in Africa to develop strategies for sustainable farm mechanization. The Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization: A Framework for Africa (SAMA) is the result of discussions with policy makers from…

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Gender gaps in African agriculture are holding back progress

African Union and Food and Agriculture Organization call for greater support to rural women as agents of change to end hunger

Gender gaps in agriculture in Africa are holding back progress towards ending hunger and must be urgently addressed, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's Director-General José Graziano da Silva said at a joint event with the African Union (AU) on the margins of the UN General Assembly. "We need to…

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Experts define sustainable packaging priorities for Africa

Efficient packaging systems reduce food losses, scale up trade

Food losses and waste are an enormous drain on natural resources. Roughly one-third of the annual food produced globally for human consumption — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — is lost or wasted. These losses are particularly unfortunate in Africa where approximately 20 percent of the population is undernourished. Appropriate packaging…

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The African Development Bank and FAO target agriculture investments to end hunger and create wealth in Africa

Strategic alliance includes commitment to raise funds to promote food security, sustainable agriculture and rural development

The African Development Bank (AfDB) and FAO today agreed to boost joint efforts aimed at catalysing agriculture sector investments in Africa to end hunger and malnutrition and increase prosperity throughout the continent. In terms of the agreement, the AfDB and FAO are committed to raise up to $100 million over…

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Oped for Kigali Conference on Information Communication Technology and youth employment in Africa

Youth employment is Africa’s big challenge

Oped for Kigali Conference on ICT and youth employment in Africa: In Sub-Saharan Africa, more than 60 percent of a 1.2 billion population are under the age of 25. Supporting them in obtaining decent jobs, especially in rural areas, is one of the great challenges we are facing in pursuit…

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Agricultural jobs for youth in Africa in the spotlight at High-Level Continental Conference

Engaging young people through use of information and communication technologies as a solution to end hunger and poverty

The Youth Employment in Agriculture Conference will bring together more than 500 delegates, mostly young people, from across Africa to discuss ways to boost employment opportunities in agriculture on the continent through use of information and communication technologies (ICT) as well as entrepreneurship. Over 60 percent of Africa’s estimated 1.2…

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Agricultural jobs for youth in Africa in the spotlight at High-Level Continental Conference

Engaging young people through use of information and communication technologies as a solution to end hunger and poverty

The Youth Employment in Agriculture Conference will bring together more than 500 delegates, mostly young people, from across Africa to discuss ways to boost employment opportunities in agriculture on the continent through use of information and communication technologies (ICT) as well as entrepreneurship. Over 60 percent of Africa’s estimated 1.2…

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Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia: Acting early to prevent humanitarian emergencies

New evidence that early interventions reduced the impacts of 2017 drought in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia

Intervening early in countries predicted to be hit by natural disasters can prevent threats from becoming humanitarian emergencies, or can mitigate their impacts, according to a new report released by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today. For every $1 FAO spent on early livestock interventions in Kenya, Somalia…