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Being Bitten By an Aedes Aegypti Mosquito: Carrier of Yellow Fever and Zika Viruses

(0) Comments | Posted 4 February 2016 | (12:45)

I was sitting in a used car dump in Dar es Salaam waiting for mosquitoes to bite me. The dump was full of old tyres containing rainwater in which the mosquitoes were breeding. They were big mosquitoes, named Aedes aegypti, notorious for carrying dengue fever in Asia and South America,...

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Why African Agriculture Should Be a Hot Topic for Investment

(0) Comments | Posted 23 September 2015 | (15:53)

Climate change remains one of the biggest threats to transforming Africa from a continent of poverty to prosperity.

Africa's attractiveness for investors has been on the rise, second only to Asia. Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia and Cote d'Ivoire are among 22 economies in sub-Saharan Africa that are expected...

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A Modest Proposal for Feeding Africa

(5) Comments | Posted 23 February 2015 | (08:03)

In his recently released annual letter, Bill Gates has made a series of "big bets" for development. One of these bets, that Africa will be able to feed itself by 2030, is a view I also share. But I don't think we need a big bet to make...

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With Food as a Common Denominator, an American Is Welcomed in Iran

(0) Comments | Posted 2 October 2014 | (14:35)

On August 26th of this year, two days after his daughter's wedding in a seacoast town near The English Channel, former Ambassador Kenneth Quinn (Cambodia/Clinton/1996-99), walked into an auditorium in Karaj, Iran, an hour's drive north of Tehran, and addressed more than four hundred scientists at the Agricultural Biotechnology Research...

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Youth Unemployment: Challenge or Opportunity?

(1) Comments | Posted 26 June 2014 | (00:00)

2014 is the AU year of Agriculture and Food Security. As African leaders gather at the end of this month in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, for the 23rd African Union (AU) Summit, they have an opportunity to make good on their 2003 promise to allocate ten percent of their budgets to...

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Green Meets Brown: The Many Colours of a Food Revolution

(0) Comments | Posted 27 March 2014 | (08:56)

Dr. Norman Borlaug, "the Father of the Green Revolution" would be turning 100 this week. Influential figures in the fight against hunger gathered in his honour in Mexico, to celebrate his work in wheat improvement that saved more than a billion people worldwide from starvation. Amongst them, Howard...

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Act Now, or Food Shortages Could Become a Problem for Us All

(0) Comments | Posted 10 February 2014 | (14:37)

Food insecurity is a problem often discussed with the developing world in mind. Just in the past few years, there have been record floods in Pakistan, a destructive heatwave in Russia, recurring droughts in the Sahel region of Africa and disruptive storms...

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Sustainable Agricultural Intensification: A Practical Solution for the Global Development Agenda

(0) Comments | Posted 17 April 2013 | (17:59)

Hunger, malnutrition, poverty, climate change, environmental degradation - addressing these injustices is at the forefront of political meetings the world over. Yet these problems persist as global leaders strive to find efficient and synergistic ways of tackling them sustainably.

In Africa alone over 200 million people...

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One Billion Hungry: Can We Feed the World? Yes We Can

(5) Comments | Posted 9 October 2012 | (00:00)

In a US presidential election year, optimism comes with intense scrutiny. I am by nature an optimist, and when I am asked if we can feed the world adequately and equitably, I do say 'yes', but I do not say 'yes' lightly.

Our global food security challenges are daunting: food...

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Women in African agriculture: Farmers, Mothers, Innovators and Educators

(0) Comments | Posted 17 September 2012 | (10:33)

The droughts in the US and Russia and their impact on harvests have dominated the news in the last few weeks. And with the latest USDA announcement that the US maize crop would be the smallest in six years and the soybean crop the smallest in nine years,...

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Tackling Malnutrition: the 'Other' Olympic Legacy for London 2012

(8) Comments | Posted 11 August 2012 | (00:00)

As the Olympics draw to a close, there is no doubt that the champions of London 2012 will leave a legacy of achievements that inspires large numbers of young people to fulfil their personal potential.

But for 200 million children in the world, a very different legacy is in...

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Investing for the Future With Home Grown School Feeding

(1) Comments | Posted 7 February 2012 | (12:01)

The facts speak for themselves, around 60 million children across the developing world still go to school hungry everyday - 40% of them in Africa. The importance of food for young children is well known - malnourished pre-school children are more at risk of contracting illnesses such as diarrhoea, malaria...

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Pesticides Create Pests, Don't They?

(2) Comments | Posted 13 December 2011 | (10:02)

Since the 1960s we have known that pesticides when used without care and attention will cause insect pest outbreaks. But we never seem to learn. In recent years there have been severe outbreaks of planthoppers and leafhoppers on rice in China, Vietnam and other countries in...

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From Food Security to Wealth Creation: Why African Agriculture Matters

(1) Comments | Posted 30 November 2011 | (09:12)

Popular legend has it that victorious Roman invaders, as they secured their conquest of Carthage in 146 B.C., further devastated the city by scattering salt over the land. Their actions sought to prevent their Phoenician enemies from rebuilding their metropolis.

Salting the earth was used to curse the city,...

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Victim and Culprit: Why COP 17 Can't Ignore Agriculture

(0) Comments | Posted 27 November 2011 | (22:00)

While climate sceptics continue to muddy the waters, African farmers know from their day to day experience that the climate is changing and they are having to adapt.

I am writing this in the savannah zone of northern Ghana where the rainfall is normally erratic, but has become increasingly...

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Victoria's Not so Secret Seeds

(1) Comments | Posted 10 November 2011 | (14:45)

Queen Victoria is still remembered, at least by name, in Uganda. The great lake - one of the largest in the world - bears her name. So do many restaurants, shops and enterprises in Kampala and Entebbe. One such is Victoria Seeds, created in 2004 by

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Can we Feed Seven Billion People?

(2) Comments | Posted 28 October 2011 | (13:56)

Around the world, 200 million children's growth is stunted. That is one-third of all children in the world under the age of five years old. In some African countries, the proportion of children stunted is as high as 50%. These are shocking statistics. As US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton...

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