Success Stories

Conserving Aquaculture to safeguard Food Security in Madagascar

 

Caption: Ramahefalala Ravo Sedera oversees the on-boarding process of fishery observers aboard all fishing vessels operating in the Malagasy waters. Fish is the preferred source of protein for close to 400 million people in Africa alone. While the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) forecasts an increase in the world’s fish consumption by about 19 per cent, representing 29 million tonnes by 2026 compared with the base period (average 2014-2016), it predicts a declining intake in Africa, where population growth is expected to outstrip its fish supply. A separate report by World Fish Centre projected that Africa will require 2.6 million tons a year to feed an estimated 1.7 billion people, by 2030. The evidence highlights that there is an urgent need to protect this highly depended on resource, especially in regions where livestock is relatively scarce. (more…)...


Supporting farmers to intensify food production

 

Caption: Simon Ndung’u from Kenya.   Kenyan Alumnus Simon Ndung’u completed his Master of Global Food and Agricultural Business at the University of Adelaide in 2016. Upon his return to Kenya, he continued to work for the Ministry of Agriculture as a sub county agribusiness and marketing officer in Lurambi. His role includes promoting a farming business culture and encouraging farmers to; leverage agricultural credit, develop value chains, utilise marketing systems and monitor agricultural markets performance. (more…)...


Leading grassroots action to support biodiversity conservation

 

Orume Robinson is responding to the Cameroonian government’s mandate to promote the involvement of rural populations in biodiversity conservation. This mandate, articulated in Cameroon’s National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan, demonstrates the recognition of the country’s rich biodiversity as an invaluable natural asset for the well-being and development of its people. Orume not only leads grassroots action to support biodiversity conservation but he also contributes to improving the livelihoods of local communities in Mundemba, in the southwest region of Cameroon, through a local NGO. (more…)...


Advancing innovation for food production in Cameroon

 

Eveline (black top) conducting field practice with one of her trainees.   Agriculture plays a significant role in economic growth and poverty reduction in Cameroon. Recent World Bank estimates suggest that the agricultural sector employs almost 60% of the economically active population and contributes more than half of the country’s non-oil export revenues, valued at about 4 billion AUD, as at September 2017. As such, the government of the day has continued investing heavily in agricultural productivity in line with 2003 Poverty Reduction Paper, recognizing that this investment would not only play a pivotal role in reducing poverty but also in sustaining the growth of the economy and achieving food security.   (more…)...


Developing agro-pastoral growth through mobile technology

 

Tanzania’s development objectives, outlined in the National Strategy for Growth and Reduction of Poverty II, include achieving competitiveness, inclusive growth and poverty reduction. The Tanzanian government intends to achieve these objectives, by growing the agricultural sector. Farmers and smallholders in Tanzania face numerous structural challenges such as weak markets and inconsistent trade policies which result in low prices for farmers. These gaps will need to be strengthened to enable agro-pastoral growth. (more…)...


Trailblazing Against Gender-Based Violence

 

Picture: Betty Sharon (Centre) receiving her certificate from HE John Feakes, former High Commissioner Kenya and Patricia Murugami.Gender-based violence continues to be a significant social issue and a violation of human rights, affecting women more than men due to society’s unequal distribution of power. In fact, WHO statistics suggest that 1 in 3 of women, worldwide, have experienced either physical or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime. (more…)...


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