Monthly Archives: April 2012
Three diapered goats in the trunk of a car, bought at the local livestock market, await the drive in Mali (photo on Flickr by Romel Jacinto).
The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) recently released a book of case studies illustrating ‘high- payoff/low-cost’ initiatives that could help avoid future African food crises.
This publication on African markets comes just as the immediate impacts of a great drought that ravaged East Africa’s Horn throughout the second half of 2011 are finally declining and another drought begins to take its toll across West Africa’s vast Sahelian agropastoral lands.
Based on the case studies presented in the new book, Jimmy Smith, director general of ILRI, and Namanga Ngongi, president of AGRA, argue in a joint opinion piece this month that we have to ‘bring markets to farmers’ doorsteps’.
AGRA president Namanga Ngongi (photo on Flickr…
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Rain may be “significantly” below average in the Horn of Africa’s main growing season, potentially threatening a region still recovering from famine in 2011, the Famine Early Warning Systems network reported.
Rain from March through May in the region, which includes Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya, is expected to begin late and amount to only 60 percent to 85 percent of average, the U.S.- funded provider of food-security warnings wrote in a statement on its website dated April 3. Poor rains are likely to reduce local food security, it said.
The amount of precipitation was previously expected to be between 75 percent and 105 percent of the long-term average, based on a February forecast. The Horn of Africa region suffered from drought and famine last year that affected more than 13 million people.
“This is a significant deterioration compared to earlier forecast analysis and would have significant impacts on crop production…
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