One solution may not fit all, but challenges to agriculture and food security are similar in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa requiring action by governments to grassroots, experts said here Thursday.
An outcome of intensive research by 41 experts across 10 countries in the two regions including India, the outcome papers revealed similar problems in all the five areas looked into — farm produce pricing, irrigation, fertilizer use, marketing and sustainability of rural livelihoods. (Read the full article)
African governments have been challenged to buy their food from within the continent to cut on costs and curb hunger. Prof Alexandros Sarris, the Global Development Network Project Senior Advisor, regretted that African countries had not fully utilised regional integration blocs as a source of imports. The continent, he told an international conference, had also not fully worked to benefit from regional integration. (Read the full article)
Policy makers in developing economies must rely on independent research-based studies to guide critical decisions on complex policy issues.
Making a policy is not easy. Making an informed policy is tough. And making a policy that has been informed by the appropriate inputs is perhaps the toughest task that decision makers in the government face. (Read the full article)
The controversy regarding India’s permission to allow foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail and growing “land grab” in Africa by multinational corporations are being closely watched globally by agriculture experts, researchers and donors.
At a workshop here on ‘Supporting Policy Research to Inform Agricultural Policy in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia’ — which a few journalists from both regions were invited to attend — experts pointed out the phenomenon of “outsiders” displacing farmers to do commercial agriculture for exports. (Read the full article)
Farming plays a key role in reducing poverty and supporting food security in South Asia. Yet, the pressure on land and climate change are putting stress on the agriculture system, requiring corrective measures.
This was key message in the major research papers on South Asia presented at a conference held in Colombo late last month. (Read the full article)
COLOMBO: Three decades of subsidizing the farmers of South Asia through the policies of public procurement and public food distribution has only marginally improved their lives say latest findings from research under the aegis of the Global Development Network, a research capacity building programme. (Read the full article)
Researchers of the Global Development Network (GND) believe that Sri Lanka’s female farmers need more support in order to be productive and indeed respected at the same level as their male counterparts. (Read the full article)
South Asian countries should focus on empowering women to be confident farmers, says an agricultural policy document released in Colombo. ”Empowered women farmers as can increase their income, develop a stable rural livelihood and contribute to ensuring food security,” said the Global Development Network (GDN) policy brief. (Read the full article)
Empowering women to be confident farmers should be a priority of South Asian countries, according to a GDN Policy Brief on addressing challenges to food security and rural livelihoods in South Asia, launched this week in Colombo. Empowered women farmers can increase their income and develop a stable rural livelihood, the policy brief recommended. The brief highlighted an example from Kerala, a state in south India, where 250,000 women farm 10 million acres of land. (Read the full article)
Sri Lanka is a good case study for other countries in the region to find out how a country changed its position from one dependent on food imports to a country self-sufficient in rice, International Monetary Co-operation Senior Minister Dr Sarath Amunugama said. He made this observation at the commencement of the two day Global Research Capacity Building Programme on Supporting Policy Research to Inform Agricultural Policy in South Asia by the Global Development Network in Colombo yesterday (Read the full article)