Celebrating Africa’s Women

Above: Emperor Haile Selassie I with the founding fathers of the OAU in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Today in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the African Union celebrates the 50th anniversary since the formation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), the precursor

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Gender, Climate Change and Agriculture

Gender relations in agriculture – Africa (photo credit: copyright Neil Palmer, CIAT, 2010) Attention to gender and climate change has increased steadily over the last decade. Much of the emerging policy-focused literature resembles to a considerable degree the gender and

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Women Manage Livestock Diversity

Women Manage Livestock Diversity (picture source: International Livestock Research Institute ilri.org) Traditional and indigenous livestock breeds, often managed by women, are well adapted to local environmental conditions, typically being tolerant of extreme weather, disease resistant and able to thrive on

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African Women Changing the Face of Coffee

On family-owned coffee farms in Africa, about 70 percent of maintenance and harvesting work is done by women, according to an analysis by the International Trade Center. If you’re a coffee drinker, chances are the cup of java you drank this

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Women Are Feeding Africa

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization says female workers make up 43 percent of the agricultural workforce in developing countries. In Africa, that figure is over 65 percent with women responsible for producing most of the continent’s food. But the

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Teach a Wo(man) to Farm

Investing in Agriculture is one of the best ways to reduce poverty because up to 70% of people living in extreme poverty are smallholder farmers–and most of them are women. Simple interventions can vastly improve crop yields and the environment

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Educating Women May Improve Food Security in Africa

African women have a key role in their families’ food security. Information campaigns targeting female farmers could lead to reduced poverty and increased food security. This is the conclusion of a new doctoral thesis from the School of Business, Economics

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Global Food Policy Report

IFPRI’s 2012 Global Food Policy Report reviews food policy developments and trends with chapter-by-chapter discussions of major food policy developments, high-quality research, and perspectives of farmers from around the world. It also charts the path forward with a call to

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A New Africa

Her Excellency Madam Joyce Banda, President of the Republic of Malawi, is a New Africa Leader. Since assuming office on April 7th 2012 Madam Joyce Banda has implemented reforms and tough decisions to restore Malawi’s standing in the eyes of the international

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Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly, is often described as an international bill of rights for women.  Consisting of a preamble and 30 articles, it

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