Devex speaks to a range of experts about efforts from the chocolate industry to raise the bar for cocoa farmers.
The Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society's annual conference brought global experts in agriculture, horticulture and food security to Brisbane last week to discuss the state of play for the sector in the current politically charged world. Climate, Trump and Brexit were common points of discussion and Devex caught up with a number of speakers to discuss topics impacting the development sector.
Calling all Doc Browns: Australia's aid program wants you to solve water shortage problems facing a world with climate change and a growing population. And the reward is $1.5 million.
A new report, "Recurring Storms: Food Insecurity, Political Instability, and Conflict," looks at the different levers that push societies into a state of crisis by highlighting food insecurity and its connection to political instability. Here are four key expert takeaways from the report's launch in Washington, D.C.
Digital technology has long been touted as the key to helping smallholder farmers overcome barriers that have kept them trapped in poverty, but initial innovations did not always deliver on this promise. Building on past lessons, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Mastercard have launched 2Kuze, a pilot program that connects farmers in Kenya directly to buyers, who buy and then collect their product without the services of middlemen who can cut into a farmer's profit.
Expertise in designing, delivering and managing plant biosecurity programs has the ability to improve economic conditions within developing countries. Plant Biosecurity CRC is drawing on Australia's wealth of knowledge to mentor professionals in sub-Saharan Africa. They aim to have a lasting impact on biosecurity practices in 10 partner countries.
Experts responding to the ongoing Lake Chad Basin crisis call on the international community for both funding and visibility to prevent the spread of malnutrition, illness and other residuals left behind by Boko Haram fighters. The Lake Chad Basin crisis was listed as the "most underreported crisis of 2016" with experts saying it has been largely forgotten to other global crises.
What happens when a matter of international concern finds itself governed at the most local of levels? Development actors in Cambodia believe a recent government decree will mean the difference for safeguarding Prey Lang, one of the country's most resource rich and threatened forests.
Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture, CNFA, recently marked a decade of working on agricultural development in Georgia, largely through supporting agribusinesses as a vehicle for improved rural employment and income generation. Devex spoke with Bauka Namicheishvili, chief of party of the REAP program, to learn more about the model.
Even when triggers and warning mechanisms are geared toward slow onset disasters, the donor and aid community are often not responding fast enough. Experts tell Devex it’s either time to bolster drought indicators and better define action tied to early warning systems, or rethink aid frameworks altogether.
The overuse and misuse of antibiotics in animals, especially livestock, has become a driving force for global health concerns by accelerating the resistance of disease-causing bacteria that also infect people. Delia Grace from International Livestock Research Institute explains why it's crucial to recognize regional variations in antibiotic use in animal health.
El Niño has subsided and Vietnam is slowly recovering from a devastating drought. But development professionals are still working out how the lower-middle-income country can improve links between humanitarian aid and development assistance, why local politics are crucial in future climate change response, and what role rice will play in the Vietnam of tomorrow.
Agriculturalists may be responsible for feeding the world, but do horticulturalists have a larger role to play in the success of the Sustainable Development Goals? Devex speaks with horticulture experts on why their industry matters to more than just food-related outcomes in the SDGs.
How do you break into agriculture work in development? Chuck Chopak, vice president of technical services at DAI and Anne Mbaabu, head of markets and harvest management for the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, share their own experiences.
Australia became the focal point of food security with International Genebank Managers Annual General Meeting recently held in Horsham, Victoria. Among the discussions was crop wild relatives and Australia's rich diversity in wild seeds — and it has the potential to create crops that withstand the harshest of conditions.
Land rights is among the issues that played out last week at the Columbia International Investment Conference in New York, ahead of COP22.
As extreme weather events become more commonplace, policymakers and development professionals are taking increasingly bold steps to build resilience in areas at risk of flooding. Devex takes a look at some of the most innovative interventions.
Habitat III now over, national delegates and members of the development community now head home to implement the New Urban Agenda in their local context. Devex takes a look at some of the key issues that emerged at Habitat III that will inform those plans.