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Climate change a risk factor for global food security, says report

Jose Graziano da Silva

Mankind’s future ability to feed itself is in jeopardy due to intensifying pressures on natural resources, mounting inequality, and the fallout from a changing climate, warns a new FAO report. Though very real and significant progress in reducing global hunger has been achieved over the past 30 years, “expanding food production and economic growth have often come at a heavy ...

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Food security concerns as climate change threatens wheat production


One of the biggest concerns about climate change is the effect it will have on agriculture. Many studies have suggested that rising temperatures could be harmful to farms around the world, although there’s plenty of uncertainty about how bad things will get and which food supplies we should worry about most. Now, a new study published in a recent edition of Nature Climate ...

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Climate change impacting water security, says World Bank

World bank

A new World Bank reports finds that water scarcity, exacerbated by climate change, could hinder economic growth, spur migration, and spark conflict. The report adds however that most countries can neutralise the adverse impacts of water scarcity by taking action to allocate and use water resources more efficiently. According to the report, climate change influenced-water scarcity could cost some regions ...

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Global warming: Food security concerns as Lake Tanganyika’s fish population declines

Lake Tanganyika

New research has revealed some alarming insights about the effects of climate change on one of the world’s oldest and largest lakes. A study published on Monday in the journal “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences” suggests rising temperatures have been responsible for significant declines in the fish that populate Africa’s Lake Tanganyika and feed the surrounding communities – ...

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UN sustainability scheme targets female smallholder farmers

Women farmers

Female smallholder farmers are the primary players and beneficiaries of a programme aimed at improving food security in the country. Executive Director, Women Farmers Advancement Network (WOFAN), Dr. Hajia Salamatu Garba, who made the disclosure at a two-day consultation workshop held in Abuja recently, noted that the scheme would support efforts to scale-up more sustainable and more resilient approaches, practices ...

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Nigeria not at crossroads over food security, says Gidado

Dr Rose Gidado

Coordinator of the Open Forum for Biotechnology (OFAB) in Nigeria and an Assistant Director at the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Dr Rose Gidado, has faulted claims by the duo of The Africa Faith and Justice Network (AFJN) and Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) that Nigeria is at a crossroad in the struggle for sustainable agriculture, safe food, biosafety ...

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How smallholder farmers can food secure Africa

Amira Gornass

One of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is to “End hunger, achieve food security and adequate nutrition for all, and promote sustainable agriculture.” Smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa number around 33 million, representing 80% of all farms in the region, thereby contributing up to 90% of food production in some sub-Saharan African countries. These facts state the importance of this group of farmers in ...

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How drought worsens food insecurity in Southern Africa


An estimated 41 million people – 23 per cent – of the 181 million rural population in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) are food insecure, and out of this figure, more than 21 million are in urgent need of assistance. This is according to the latest Vulnerability Assessment Results released at the 10th SADC Meeting of Regional Vulnerability Assessment ...

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GEF/UNDP scheme fosters resilience, tackles food insecurity

Hajia Salamatu Garba

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) in conjunction with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has commenced the implementation of a programme aimed at promoting the sustainable management and resilience of ecosystems as a means to address food insecurity. Titled “Fostering Resilience and Sustainability for Food Security in sub-Saharan Africa”, the project involves states in the nation’s North East, North West ...

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Food security and sustainable agriculture – a hanging fruit?


Nigeria, with over 170 million people, is one of the most populated countries in Africa. Before the oil boom, the economy was known to thrive excellently on agriculture and it was no wonder the Naira was able to rub shoulders with western currencies. But, with the emergence of crude oil and the “pot of gold” that came with it, agriculture, ...

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