12,000 children are being forced out of school every day due to conflict and drought in East Africa

Save the Children report that 90,000 children in East Africa risk being forced to drop out of school each week in 2018 due to drought and conflict. This is the equivalent of 4.7 million children abandoning their studies in 2018 or 12,000 each day. UNICEF reported similar findings earlier in...

FAO has launched a global platform to increase the success of Farmer Field Schools.

Farmer Field Schools are community driven programmes providing agricultural training and education to communities. The programmes are increasing in demand around the world as they improve the ability of smallholder farmers to cope with complex challenges. Farmer Field Schools typically consist of about 30 people who regularly meet throughout the...

Climate-smart agriculture provides a lifeline to Mali’s women

Agriculture is often a key route out of poverty for many in developing countries, especially among women. And in the West African country of Mali, it is estimated that women make up half of all those involved in agriculture. However, UN Women reports that climate change is threatening to undo...

Smartphones are helping farmers in Latin America fight climate change

Thousands of smallholder farmers in Latin America are set to benefit from a new initiative that will enable them to improve their coping strategies for climate change. A three year agreement between the Food and Agriculture Agency and Spanish telecommunications giant Telefonica was announced yesterday. The collaboration will provide farmers...

UK pledges £21.5 million for climate change adaptation in Zimbabwe

The UK’s Department of International Development (DFID) has announced new funding to support climate change programmes in Zimbabwe. A new £21.5 million grant was announced in Harare last week for the Zimbabwe Resilience Building Fund (ZRBF); the UN-managed initiative aims to protect rural communities from the impacts of extreme weather...

$1.06 billion needed to protect 26 countries from famine

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation have launched a $1.06 billion appeal to save lives and livelihoods and address hunger across 26 countries. Humanitarian needs have been exacerbated by ongoing conflicts, disasters and climate related shocks, leaving millions of people at risk of starvation and food insecurity. The UN’s...

FAO calls for new funding to vaccinate livestock in South Sudan

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched an appeal to help vaccinate nine million animals in South Sudan. The organisation is hoping to raise $7.5 million to combat the increased number of diseases, such as black quarter, haemorrhagic septicaemia and anthrax, among cattle in the country. The FAO’s...

African leaders back initiative to combat malnutrition

A new plan to remove barriers to combating malnutrition has been agreed to by African leaders.  The resolution was made at a recent meeting in Addis Ababa with the African Union, which represents all 55 states on the continent. The ‘African Leaders for Nutrition’ initiative has been in the works...

African Development Bank urges increase in renewables and climate financing

The African Development Bank has used a major speech in Ethiopia to call for greater investment in renewable energy and climate resiliency. Speaking at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Abba, the bank’s president also unveiled its plan to help connect 29.3 million people in the continent...

$25.5 million investment to protect Gambia’s river basin from climate change

A new project from UN Environment and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) will protect Gambia’s agricultural sector from the increasingly damaging effects of climate change. The six-year adaptation scheme was launched last week with the aim of restoring degraded forests and establishing climate resilient practices among local communities. Gambia’s Minister...

Sustainable agriculture needs financing to unlock potential

Agriculture stands at a crossroads between its current contributions to greenhouse gas emissions and the number of mouths it needs to feed in the developing world. The answer to the former is estimated to be one quarter of total emissions; meanwhile, hunger is impacting upwards of 800 million people worldwide....

Zambia looks to climate-smart agriculture to combat poverty

The government in Zambia has long known about the threat that climate change poses to its economy and the livelihood of its citizens. Estimated losses to the country’s GDP from its impacts on agriculture have generally ranged from substantial to very substantial. But with the help of new investment from...

Somalia hopes to ensure that drought never turns to famine again

Somalia has launched a new humanitarian plan with the support of the United Nations that aims to ensure famine resistance. The announcement comes one year after Somalia announced a national emergency due to drought. So far the country has avoided famine due to humanitarian action but the situation remains critical. Currently over...

Climate change could hit farming incomes in India by 25%

The Indian government released its annual Economic Survey this week which has drawn attention to the potential economic damage from climate change to agricultural livelihoods. The survey provides analysis and predictions across all sectors of the country’s growing economy, and is used by lawmakers to make key policy decisions. It...

UK scientists lead cutting edge research into ‘super crops’

New research led by UK scientists is looking to create crops that are more nutritious and resilient to disease, drought and floods. The research aims to allow farmers in Africa to adapt to the changing climate and maintain stable agriculture production.  The research will also look into developing medicines to...

“A low-carbon livestock sector is possible”, says UN chief

The head of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has called for sustainable, low-carbon practices to be built into the developing world’s growing livestock sector. Speaking at the recent 10th Global Forum for Food and Agriculture in Belin, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, said: "With improved and climate-smart...

Improving Adoption of Climate-Smart Agriculture Innovations in Africa

On 17th January the Aid & International Development Forum (AIDF) hosted a webinar on ‘Improving Adoption of Climate-Smart Agriculture Innovations in Africa’. Aimed at senior representatives from ministries of agriculture, heads of key agri-related public institutions, UN agencies, agricultural firms, NGOs, farm associations, agriculture research and development institutes, investors, donors...

Germany and Bangladesh sign €300m deal to support development programmes

Germany has signed three agreements with Bangladesh to improve the country's infrastructure and resilience against the impacts of climate change. The total €337.2 million deal will take the form of both loans and contributions towards a range of projects which support sustainable development. These include €216 million towards climate smart agriculture programmes and...

World Bank approves $170m to support rural projects in the Philippines

The World Bank has announced an additional $170m in financing to support the Philippines government implement a project to improve rural livelihoods. In a statement on Friday, the World Bank said that the financing will go into developing essential rural infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, irrigation systems, and drinkable water...

India and Southeast Asian nations commit to climate smart agriculture

“The journey ahead offers limitless opportunities” India’s agriculture minister said yesterday at a summit in New Dehli. Mr. Radha Mohan Singh was bringing to a close the fourth ministerial meeting between India and the ASEAN union of Southeast Asian countries. The meeting, which focussed on agriculture and forestry, concluded with...

Urban farms have huge untapped potential to fight hunger

New research has shed light on the huge potential for urban agriculture to provide food security and sustainable development. Researchers at the Arizona State University (ASU) and Google analysed a range of datasets to estimate the size of services which could be met by urban farming. This included looking at population...

New guidebook will support climate smart agriculture policies

The Food and Agriculture Organization has launched a new web platform to provide a better understanding of Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA). The sourcebook, now in its second edition, provides in-depth knowledge and advice on how to implement sustainable rural practices. There are new modules which address climate change adaptation and...

New mobile app could help African farmers in a changing climate

A new app has been developed to help farmers on the continent choose the right type of plants in response to climate change. The app, called African Tree Finder, has been developed by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), and currently helps identify 80 tree species for specific agricultural uses. These...

Innovation in agriculture is key to feeding Africa in the future

A recent forum in South Africa has called on the continent to respond to the pressures of food demand and climate change. A renewed focus is especially needed on the practice of agricultural extension in responding to an expected doubling of demand for food by 2050 across the continent. The Durban...

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation invests $300m to help farmers adapt to climate change

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has recently pledged £300m on research to support farmers in Asia and Africa in the fight against climate change. The money will be spent over the next three years on new methods to support farming in its response to the environmental challenges brought about...

Scientists urge action to save chocolate from climate change

Academics have warned that the cacao plant used to make chocolate could entirely disappear by 2050 due to climate change. Half of the world’s chocolate is currently sourced from just two African countries: Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, and changes in the amount of rain and sunshine could make growing the...

Interview with Pauline Wambeti, the Country Director of Nuru Kenya

How is NURU involved in humanitarian and development sectors? Our mission is to end extreme poverty in remote rural communities. Our model involves empowering the local people to make meaningful choices in a sustainable and scalable way as a way of poverty eradication. The model is Holistic, Sustainable, and Scalable...

If Farmers cannot Farm, who will Feed the Hungry?

Whilst the world’s population is increasing due to the rise of climate change, global food production will decline drastically up until 2050, according to the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Ultimately the world needs to understand how poverty, climate change and hunger can be tackled together. Is climate-smart agriculture...