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Nomads in Africa Key Players in Global Eradication of Rinderpest

NAIROBI, KENYA (13 September 2012)—A new analysis published today in Science traces the recent global eradication of the deadliest of cattle diseases, crediting not only the development of a new, heat-resistant vaccine, but also the insight of local African herders, who guided scientists in deciding which animals to immunize and when.

Small Holder Farmers Embrace Climate Change Adaptation Strategies

NAIROBI, KENYA (7 September 2012)—Smallholder farmers across East Africa have started to embrace climate-resilient farming approaches and technologies, according to new research recently published by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). At the same time, the survey evidence suggests that many of the changes in farming practices are incremental, rather than transformative in nature, and that high levels of food insecurity prevent many from making all of the changes needed in order to cope with a changing climate.

Rural Women in West Africa get a boost from a NEPAD-ECOWAS Spanish Fund

Press Release
Addis Ababa July 12, 2012
-The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency, and the Economic Commission for West African States (ECOWAS) have signed a One Million Euro Grant - Agreement provided by the Spanish Fund for the empowerment of rural women in West Africa.

The Agreement was signed in Addis Ababa today by NEPAD’s Chief Executive Officer Dr Ibrahim Mayaki and the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Mr Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo.

New liaison office for agricultural cooperatives opened by FAO

9 July 2012, Rome - FAO opened a new liaison office for cooperatives and producer organizations today in order to revitalize the Organization's collaboration with these organizations worldwide.

The opening comes a few days after the International Day of Cooperatives, celebrated on Saturday, July 7.

FAO releases new State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture report

9 July 2012, Rome - Sustainable fisheries and aquaculture play a crucial role in food and nutrition security and in providing for the livelihoods of millions of people. FAO's latest flagship publication on the state of fisheries and aquaculture, launched at the opening of the 30th session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries, highlights the sector's vital contribution to the world's well-being and prosperity, a point reflected in the recent Rio+20 Outcome Document.

The Power of Mentoring

What is Mentoring?
We all have a need for insight that is outside of our normal life and educational experience. The power of mentoring is that it creates a one-of-a-kind opportunity for collaboration, goal achievement, and problem solving.

Mentoring is a developmental partnership through which one person shares knowledge, skills, information, and perspective to foster the personal and professional growth of someone else.

Types of Mentoring

The Home of Drought

By Patrick Luganda
Necjogha secretariat, Kampala

Kampala 4th June 2012: The Greater Horn of Africa has become the home of drought and the frequency of drought has drawn global attention to the countries in the Horn, because of the negative impacts caused by the lack of rains, especially famine. In other parts of the world, more severe droughts occur but few deaths are witnessed. But in the Horn of Africa, hundreds of deaths are reported with thousands of people looking to humanitarian assistance for survival.

Earth Journalism Network Fisheries Fellowships:

Earth Journalism Fisheries Fellowships:
Internews are pleased to launch a stipend programme to support innovative and hard hitting reporting from Europe based Journalists on European fisheries policies. This will enable journalists to report on this key issue with a particular focus on Europe and the Common Fisheries Policy

Women and Children Look to Community Justice in Papua New Guinea

GOROKA, Papua New Guinea, May 8, 2012 (IPS) - A new community justice programme being rolled out in Papua New Guinea’s vast village court system is bringing international human rights-based laws to rural communities and boosting the protection and empowerment of women and children.

In the long term, it could help to reduce the high numbers of female and juvenile victims of abuse.

Women Farmers Are Key to a Food-Secure Africa: Q&A

Busani Bafana interviews JANE KARUKU, the first woman president of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa. Jane Karuku, the new AGRA boss, dreams of seeing smallholder farmers become the drivers in Africa's quest for food security.

BULAWAYO, May 11, 2012 (IPS) - While women constitute the majority of food producers, processors and marketers in Africa, their role in the agricultural sector still remains a minor one because of cultural and social barriers.

Uganda Government Asked to Recognise Informal Justice Systems

By Gard Benda Kibaale, Uganda May 8th 2012-Members of Parliament from Bunyoro sub region in Uganda have vowed to push government to formulate a policy on informal justice systems in an effort to improve access to justice for the poor. The commitment was made by the Members of parliament recently during a symposium on informal justice systems at Kibaale Hotel in Kibaale District.

2012 Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism

The Kurt Schork Memorial Fund is now seeking entries for its 2012 annual awards in international journalism. Awards will be presented in two categories: local reporters covering events within their home country or region, and freelance journalists covering international news. Entrants can submit up to three articles each.

Sustainable Water Management is Achieving Economic, Social and Environmental Benefits, say Countries

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Pre-publication results: UN-Water Survey of 130 Countries Provides In-Depth Status Report on Global Efforts to Improve Water Management

Nairobi and New York, 4 May 2012 (UN-Water – UNEP) – Over 80 percent of countries have reformed their water laws in the past twenty years as a response to growing pressures on water resources from expanding populations, urbanization and climate change.

Follow Solutions for a Hungry World on Alertnet

AlertNet’s big package of articles, blogs and videos looking at Solutions for a Hungry World is now online! The package explores how the world might feed itself in 2050 as population rises, appetites change and the world grapples with climate change, water shortages and other pressures. Lots of your stories in there so get more eyes on them!

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Restructuring the Planet's Food System-Interview with World Watch Institute Expert

Charundi Panagoda interviews DANIELLE NIERENBERG of Worldwatch Institute

WASHINGTON, May 1, 2012 (IPS) - Thirty percent of food is wasted globally, while one billion people go hungry and another billion are obese.

The current food system is broken and is failing to meet the world's nutritional needs, says Danielle Nierenberg, "Nourishing the Planet" project director at Worldwatch Institute.