The livestock sector plays a significant role in development, but Dr. Jimmy Smith, director general of the International Livestock Research Institute, says this is not reflected in official development assistance, which contributes less than 0.25 percent to livestock. During a visit to Australia, Smith discussed his thoughts with Devex.
Each year the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research awards the John Dillon Memorial Fellowship for 10 mid-career agricultural researchers and scientists in developing countries, giving them leadership training, with the aim of creating a global group of changemakers on key issues affecting farmers, agriculture and food security. Devex talks to the fellows to learn more about the program and its impact on their research, careers and outlooks.
The role that forests can play in reducing climate change is well known — but they have many other benefits for sustainable development, a new book claims. Devex spoke to the authors to find out more.
Rural transformation remains a key challenge to achieving the SDGs. During his final week in office, Kanayo Nwanze, outgoing president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, told Devex about the importance of supporting rural women and smallholder farmers.
For around 8 million small-scale eggplant farmers in Bangladesh, a healthy crop can be the difference between a life of prosperity and a life of struggle. Pooling public and private sector resources has helped scientists develop a biotech crop resistant to its most deadly pest — the fruit and shoot borer — giving hope for a more prosperous future. CropLife's Deb Carstoiu explains how in this guest column.
Linking smallholder farms to markets is a priority for many NGOs. Is it enough? Heifer International Scholar-in-Residence Ellen Fitzpatrick explores more sustainable paths for supporting farmers.
Global conversations about women’s economic empowerment and unpaid care work exclude some of the women who need it most: rural women farmers. Jemimah Njuki at Canada’s International Development Research Centre offers practical tips to reverse the trend.
A recent report by the Mastercard Foundation exposes gaps in African capacity-building strategies and offers suggestions on how to better approach employment trainings to reach more youth in Africa, specifically in rural populations.
Progressive governments are tapping into innovative technologies to document land rights. According Cadasta Foundation CEO Noel Taylor, it's time to make that data public.
One-third of all food grown globally is wasted. Devex spoke to experts about new initiatives to tackle post-harvest loss, and the key challenges that remain.
As part of an effort to address drought emergencies in the Horn of Africa, Kenya has provided $2 million to over 12,000 pastoral households under the Kenya Livestock Insurance Program.
A new study has found a dramatic disconnect between official reporting and the actual impact of a program to disseminate conservation agriculture practices. Author Brendan Brown, a PhD student from the University of Adelaide, is urging NGOs to add more nuance to their impact monitoring strategies.
Mobile connectivity in Africa has widely expanded with the introduction of 4G networks and wireless internet in many major cities. But many rural areas still lack access, and there is no sign of the private sector deploying soon. Cocoa farmers and their crops are among those deeply affected in Ghana.
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.