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Agriculture & Rural Development

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This topic covers a wide range of issues relevant to agriculture and rural development, extending to climate change, water, land, territorial development, innovation, risk management, commodities, livestock, SPS, access to markets, farmers' organisations, etc. and cross-cutting issues. It provides access to essential reading materials on these themes, EC practical tools and seminar contents, and links to partners and experts in the the field.

60 groups and 35 articles on Agriculture & Rural Development. 3375 capacity4dev.eu members interested in Agriculture & Rural Development.

Articles on Agriculture & Rural Development

May 27 2014 by Coordination Team
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Agriculture accounts for two-thirds of Africa’s labour force yet less than 20 percent of its gross domestic product. In the developing world, agricultural and rural nonfarm activities are usually simple and labour-intensive, with little capital and few purchased ‘inputs’, such as fertiliser. As a result, a 2012 study for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) found productivity, income and returns for families remain low.
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December 10 2013 by Coordination Team
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There is much discussion in the development arena about the struggle ahead to feed the seven plus billion, of the methods proposed towards food security, building resilience, safeguarding water resources and so on. But few stop to ponder the basic ingredient in all of this: the very land under our feet, and the starting point of all agricultural productivity. At the European Development Days, EuropeAid hosted a Lab session dedicated to the relevance of soils in development policy, featuring the release earlier this year of the first Soil Atlas of Africa.
August 29 2013 by Coordination Team
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Last month, consultant Yves Leenaerts, working with colleagues from the EuropeAid Rural Development, Food Security, Nutrition Unit, borrowed the capacity4dev video camera and editing suite, creating two new videos. This month we’re featuring the second interview, which was conducted in person with Professor Philippe Lebailly, who works in the Economy and Rural Development Department at the University of Gembloux in Belgium. This interview is in French.
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August 12 2013 by Coordination Team
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As the crucial role of bees as pollinators of the world’s food supply is increasingly becoming common knowledge, reports about the serious decline of honeybee populations in Europe and the USA have alarmed governments, the private sector and the general public. A similar decline in Africa and Asia has the potential to further threaten the world’s biodiversity, in addition to compromising the food security and livelihoods of millions of rural resource-poor farmers, as well as having negative impacts on the agricultural income of commercial farmers.
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July 23 2013 by Coordination Team
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Earlier this month, consultant Yves Leenaerts, working with colleagues from the EuropeAid Rural Development, Food Security, Nutrition Unit, borrowed the capacity4dev video camera and editing suite, and created two videos. “I was lucky that two experts on agricultural development agreed to share a part of their knowledge and experience with me through these video interviews,” says Mr Leenaerts.
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June 5 2013 by Coordination Team
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“The future of food security on the current trajectory is a road to nowhere, and to repeat the statistics that we need to grow 50-70% more food without answering the questions, on what land, with which water and with what kind of seed diversity, is a discussion that merits much greater attention,” said Achim Steiner, the United Nations Environment Programme Executive Director recently in Brussels.  
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April 9 2013 by Coordination Team
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The Irish Presidency of the European Union is well underway, with an ambitious development programme and a notable focus on hunger, nutrition and resilience. Gay Mitchell MEP, and Ireland’s Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello, gathered development stakeholders together last month to celebrate a remarkable agricultural coalition combating hunger in Sub-Saharan Africa – an Ethiopia-based food security project, centered on the potato.
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March 28 2013 by Coordination Team
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By bringing top decision-makers from leading institutions, international development agencies and over 33 national governments affected by food insecurity to the table, and by setting up targets for the Post Millennium Development Goals, the SUN initiative is becoming a cornerstone in the fight to reduce hunger.
March 25 2013 by Coordination Team
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Last week capacity4dev launched the updated Food & Nutrition Security – ROSA group. Laura Gualdi, Programme Manager for Food Security at EuropeAid, shares her thoughts on the importance of knowledge management tools and the advantages of integrating the ROSA (Réseau Opérationnel de Sécurité Alimentaire) network into a wider platform.
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March 21 2013 by Coordination Team
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James McNulty is a Seconded National Expert working with the European Union Delegation to Zambia. In this Voices & Views, he shares what he learned about the practical application of conservation agriculture from local farmers.
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