Source: FAO Regional Office for Africa |

Changing the internally displaced persons paradigm in Mozambique

Providing IDPs from the country’s destabilized Cabo Delgado Region with a means to start over

Mozambique’s northernmost province, Cabo Delgado, is blessed with idyllic landscapes. From the beautiful beaches on the Indian Ocean to the breathtaking elevations of Mueda. Since 2017, however, non-state armed groups (NSGs) have broken the peace in the region. Their attacks, classified as a terrorist threat, have severely affected the lives…

Source: Médecins sans frontières (MSF) |

Madagascar: malnutrition spikes in the wake of climate shocks

People in the southeastern Ikongo district face acute food shortages after harvests were destroyed in last year’s cyclones

An alarming situation is unfolding in southeast Madagascar, where malnutrition is on the rise in rural communities. People in the southeastern Ikongo district face acute food shortages after harvests were destroyed in last year’s cyclones. The Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis of January 2023 shows that more than…

Source: The Republic of Sierra Leone State House |

Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio Declares Agricultural Transformation as Priority for Second Term in Office, Calls on Development Partners to Support Country’s Food and Agriculture Delivery Compact

The President also announced that in the next five years, he would prioritise agricultural transformation for jobs and wealth creation

His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio has declared agricultural transformation as a priority for his second term in office and, therefore, called on development partners at the ongoing Dakar 2 Summit to support his country’s food and agriculture delivery compact. In his opening statement at the Sierra Leone Boardroom Session of…

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Kenya and Mozambique have Agreed to Boost Trade and Agricultural Ties

The President expressed the need for all member countries of the EAC, SADC and COMESA to ratify the Tripartite Alliance which brings together the three regional blocs.

President William Ruto and President Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique said the two countries will prioritize agricultural value addition, especially in the tea, sugar and coffee sectors. President Ruto emphasized the importance of regional blocs in the facilitation of the movement of goods and people. The President expressed the need for…

Source: Press Information Bureau: Government of India |

A high-Level Indian Delegation led by Additional Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Shri Abhilaksh Likhi will be arriving in Abuja, capital of Nigeria today for taking South-South Collaboration and Cooperation on Millets to next stage

India and Africa’s complementary sectoral priorities and similar roles in the evolving global food markets present numerous opportunities for collaboration in the agriculture sector

Shri Likhi says, Nigeria, the 2nd Richest and most Populous country of the 54 Nations in African Continent could become a Model of South-South Cooperation on Millets. Embassies of India across more than 140 countries will take part in the Republic Day Celebrations today by organizing Cooked Millets DishesExhibitions/ Contests…

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Source: Government of Lesotho |

Lesotho Increases Fruit Production

Ms Maile indicated that they intend to train farmers so they can have skills to meet the needs of Basotho by ensuring that they make fruits available to stop importing

Lesotho Competitiveness and Financial Inclusion Project in collaboration with Lesotho National Farmers’ Association (LENAFU) will equip farmers with skills to increase fruit production. This is according to the Ministry of Trade, Industry, Business Development and Tourism Senior Public Relations Officer Ms. ‘Mantletse Maile.  Ms Maile indicated that they intend to train farmers so…

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Feed Africa Summit: African Development Bank to commit $10 billion to make continent the breadbasket of the world

Opening the summit, President Sall — who is also the African Union chairperson — said the time had come for the continent to feed itself

The African Development Bank Group (www.AfDB.org), will commit $10 billion over the next five years to boost Africa’s efforts to end hunger and become a primary food provider for itself and the rest of the world. Bank Group President, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, announced Wednesday at the Dakar 2 Africa Food Summit in…

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Impacting Gender & Nutrition through Innovative Technical Exchange in Agriculture (IGNITE) Partners Discuss Applied Research Findings on Gender and Nutrition Integration in Agriculture

Practical findings collected over three years were discussed by representatives of national, regional, and continental African institutions and organizations

The IGNITE project (Impacting Gender & Nutrition through Innovative Technical Exchange in Agriculture) organized a Research Summit in Nairobi, January 23 through 25, to share findings and evidence collected around six broad programmatic learning questions concerning ways of effectively and efficiently increasing women’s empowerment in agriculture as well as equitable…

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    • Figure 3: Country’s economic condition and personal living conditions, Zambia 2022 - Respondents were asked: In general, how would you describe: The present economic condition of this country? Your own present living conditions?
    • Figure 4: Country’s economic conditions 12 months from now, Zambia 2022 - Respondents were asked: Looking ahead, do you expect economic conditions in this country to be better or worse in 12 months’ time?
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Zambians Divided on the Economy and the Country’s Direction, Afrobarometer Survey Shows

About half of citizens describe the country’s economic condition and their personal living conditions as bad, although a majority expect things to get better during the coming year

Only about half of Zambians approve of the country’s overall direction and are satisfied with the way the “new dawn” government is managing the economy, a new Afrobarometer (www.Afrobarometer.org) survey shows. About half of citizens describe the country’s economic condition and their personal living conditions as bad, although a majority…

Source: Republic of Liberia: Executive Mansion |

Liberia: President Weah Suspends Tariffs on Agriculture Products

The action furthers the government's determination to seek and promote a stable macroeconomic environment

The President of the Republic, H.E. Dr. George Manneh Weah has suspended import tariffs on agriculture products and materials with immediate effects. President Weah's action is contained in Executive Order #115 issued Monday, January 23, 2023, which aims to solidify the gains realized under Executive Order No. 106 and to…