Finance

The World Bank predicts the sharpest decline of remittances in recent history. This means a loss of a crucial financing lifeline for many vulnerable households.

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Markets

Prices for agricultural commodities are expected to remain broadly stable in 2020 overall as production levels and stocks of most staple foods are at record highs. Nevertheless, trade and supply chain disruptions raise…

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Disasters

As the desert locust invasion in East Africa continues, West Africa is concerned about the risk of it spreading westwards. Swarms were predicted to arrive in Chad by mid-June 2020, according to simulations by researchers…

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“The fallout from COVID-19 may push rural families even deeper into poverty, hunger and desperation”, said Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of IFAD. A new fund by IFAD aims to provide rural people with the tools to adapt to…

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Food security

The impact of the coronavirus combined with the lean season, conflict and insecurity could increase food insecurity in West Africa significantly, NGOs warn.

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Poverty reduction

The lack of clean water and medicine as well as restrictions to trade and movement are threatening the livelihoods of rural populations, IFAD warns.

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Development policy

A new database by FAO maps current official decisions being taken around the world to mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on food and agricultural systems.

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Disasters

The situation in East Africa is still worrying. Efforts to contain the Desert Locust upsurge must continue despite restrictions on the movement of personnel and equipment resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Health

Livelihoods in developing countries are being threatened by the social and economic crisis triggered by COVID-19. Especially in the Central Sahel, where millions are food insecure, the situation is extremely worrying.

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Smallholder farmers still constitute the majority of the population in the Global South and are disproportionately affected by poverty. Experts at the German Development Institute (DIE) discussed the best approaches to…

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Land governance

Providing an overview of what is happening and build on, instead of duplicate initiatives: A new global database of land and property rights projects provides a platform to track project funding, learn from others, find…

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Health

UN warns that failing to help vulnerable countries fight the coronavirus now could place millions at risk; and launches a global humanitarian response plan to fight COVID-19 in 51 countries across South America, Africa,…

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Health

Africa is also becoming increasingly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa called COVID-19 one of the biggest health challenges Africa has…

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As the Cotonou Agreement comes to an end, the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) will also be closing at the end of this year. The institution was established to support smallholder farmers in…

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Measuring impact

The standardised survey tool RHoMIS provides reliable indicators on rural households and helps guide international efforts to address smallholder challenges related to climate change, food security, nutrition, farm…

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