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.
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.