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In Search of Africa’s Future Farmers
January 12, 2010 / Our blog
Against this backdrop, we also have the largest population ever of young people in the developing world. In all, there are roughly 1.5 billion people aged 12-24 worldwide, 1.3 billion of whom live in developing countries. Sub-Saharan Africa is home

Nairobi hosts food security meeting
Nairobi hosts food security meeting
December 2, 2009 / Our blog
By Lucas Barasa*Nairobi, 2nd December 2009 - A major conference to help enhance food security in Africa and share lessons on best practices entered its third day in Nairobi Wednesday.The Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP) head Richard Mkandawire who

Nairobi hosts food security meeting
December 2, 2009 / Our blog
The lessons and ideas are to be used as an input into country-driven development of the agricultural and rural sector, he said. The five day forum is under the theme The Bottom of the Pyramid: Agricultural Development for the Vulnerable.

2009 CAADP Africa Forum
November 30, 2009 / Our blog
The forum opened with addresses from Kenya’s Minister of Agriculture, Hon. William Ruto and Kenya’s Permanent Secretary for agriculture, Hon. Romano Kiome who outlined five priorities for Kenya agriculture, largely focused on improving access and all requiring leadership, efficiency, and

2009 CAADP Africa Forum
2009 CAADP Africa Forum
November 30, 2009 / Our blog
The Bottom of the Pyramid: Agriculture Development for the Vulnerable.On November 30 in Nairobi, more than 160 delegates from across Africa met for the fourth CAADP Africa Forum, organized by the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) from 30 November-4

Millennium Villages: Is this at last the solution to African poverty?
April 14, 2008 / Our blog
It sounds great. And the prime advocate of the programme, Jeffrey Sachs, tells a convincing story; sufficiently convincing indeed to have raised approaching US$20m from generous philanthropists, foundations, corporations and governments (notably the Japanese), and encouraged the participation at the