In this guest post, Jonny Jacobs, Managing Director of Malawi Mangoes gives recommendations on how to make interventions to improve rural livelihoods gain traction in communities. For more on the Malawi Mangoes business model, watch the Farming First TV interview embedded in the post.
Poverty has continued to linger on the African continent with much of the economic hardship falling on farmers. At Malawi Mangoes we believe we can play a key role in addressing the social, environmental and economic challenges encountered by rural communities by involving them in inclusive and empowering business enterprise.
During the Interactive Hearing with Civil Society convened by the President of the General Assembly on May 26-27, Robynne Anderson, Director General of the International Agri-Food Network, had the opportunity to be the final speaker. The Post 2015 agenda will set new Sustainable Development Goals to create the world we want in 2015. Her remarks on monitoring and reporting emphasize the instrumental roles for all stakeholders and the willingness of business to take up the new agenda when it is finalised in September.
From FarmingFirst – farmingfirst.org
This World Water Week, iDE will convene a side event on bringing drip irrigation to smallholder farmers, bringing together key stakeholders from the drip industry, NGOs, donor agencies, finance, and scientific institutions to discuss how they can bring –in a concerted effort – suitable and affordable drip irrigation technologies to smallholders. The conveners of the seminar will present on the current landscape of the drip irrigation industry, their perspective on the challenges and solutions mentioned above, and discuss the potential for collaboration across sectors and organizations.
Farmers using drip irrigation kits are able to save water and energy while increasing their crop yields and profit. iDE will share its experiences of selling over 150,000 drip kits to smallholder farmers through case studies focused on Burkina Faso and Cambodia. Building on these case studies and a broad industry market assessment, iDE will facilitate a discussion on how to accelerate the dissemination of drip irrigation kits in developing countries to significantly contribute to the eradication of extreme poverty through strong private sector engagement and a focus on the farmer as an entrepreneur.
Find out more at worldwaterweek.org
May 14, 2015 – Jaine Chisholm Caunt, Director General of the Grain and Feed Trade Association (GAFTA), has been elected Chair of the International Agri-Food Network (IAFN) at the 2015 annual meeting in Rome.
Chisholm Caunt will lead the IAFN in the next two years in bringing together international agricultural associations representing over 10,000 businesses worldwide in 135 countries. “Representing business among multilateral bodies in the diplomatic world is essential to achieving food security. In the agricultural sector, the Rome-based agencies of the United Nations – FAO, WFP and IFAD – are key actors and partners”, stated Chisholm Caunt upon her nomination at IAFN’s Annual General Meeting in Rome.
The IAFN works on a wide variety of issues relating to agriculture, food and nutrition, and serves as the focal point for the Private Sector Mechanism (PSM) of the United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS).
35 delegates were in Rome for the annual meetings of the IAFN and the PSM, spanning over 13 countries and 4 continents, from all parts of the value chain.
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