Following on from the highly successful global summit on food fortification earlier this month, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Business Network and Devex are hosting a unique high level panel event today, September 24, 2015, to tie in with the United Nations 70th General Assembly. The event will be live streamed throughout.
On September 2nd, 2015, the FAO and MasterCard signed a partnership agreement that will pave the way for a collaborative effort to develop inclusive payment systems to support small-scale farmers and poor families.
The two organizations will explore different ways to provide credit or money to households for purchases of basic needs and family inputs on local markets. This will support local economies and put financial tools in the hands of economically marginalized communities.
For more information, read the press release.
Last week, the Youth Ag Summit was held in Australia, drawing together more than 100 bright lights from 33 countries who all came together to talk about the future of food and agriculture. See some of the highlights through their YouTube video.
Bahkita Mkwingwiri from Balaka District in Malawi works with Gorta-Self Help Africa as a village-based farm adviser to lead farmers in Bisani village. She and Gorta-Self Help Africa extension agent Veneless Chimpesa were amongst the recipients of a travel bursary to attend a ten-week training course at Shuttleworth Agricultural College in the UK this summer. Farming First interviewed them about their experiences in Malawi and the UK.