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IFAD’s new investment programme to boost private funding of rural businesses and small-scale farmers

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 17 luglio 2021

Rural businesses, which are so vital for transforming our food systems, will get a much needed boost from an ambitious new financing programme launched today by the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), as part of its broader efforts to address rising hunger and poverty levels in the world’s poorest countries.The Private Sector Financing Programme (PSFP) aims to spearhead an increase in much-needed private investment in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), farmers’ organizations and financial intermediaries servicing small-scale farmers, which are too often neglected by investors. It will provide loans, risk management instruments (such as guarantees), and equity investments.“We can end poverty and hunger! But to achieve this, we urgently need to stimulate more private sector investments to rural areas and unlock the immense entrepreneurial potential of millions of rural SMEs and small producers,” said Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of IFAD. “With access to capital, they can attract more investors and partners, grow their businesses and create employment opportunities – especially for young people and women.”As part of its launch, the PFSP announced its first loan of US$5 million to a Nigerian social impact enterprise, Babban Gona, which has a strong background in successfully moving small-scale farmers from subsistence to a more market-orientated model. The loan will help Babban Gona support 377,000 small-scale rice and maize producers in Nigeria with a comprehensive package of training, quality inputs, and marketing services. Babban Gona will also store and sell the harvest on behalf of its farmers when prices are higher. They aim to create up to 65,000 jobs for women and 66,500 jobs for youth by 2025. By committing these funds, the PSFP aims to stimulate larger contributions from other investors and help Babban Gona meet its target to raise $150 million to reach millions of small producers.

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Help small-scale farmers adapt to climate change or face increased hunger and migration, warns IFAD President

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 25 gennaio 2021

Rome. If investments to help rural small-scale farmers adapt to climate change do not substantially increase, we risk widespread hunger and global instability, warned Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), ahead of next week’s Climate Adaptation Summit. This follows a recent United Nations’ announcement that 2020 was one of the warmest years on record, with catastrophic temperature rises expected this century.“It is unacceptable that small-scale farmers who grow much of the world’s food are left at the mercy of unpredictable weather patterns, with such low investment to help them to adapt,” said Houngbo. “They do little to cause climate change, but suffer the most from its impacts. Their increasingly common crop failures and livestock deaths put our entire food system at risk. It is imperative that we ensure they remain on their land and sustainably produce nutritious food. If not, then hunger, poverty and migration will become even more widespread in the years to come.” In response, Houngbo will announce the launch of IFAD’s Enhanced Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP+) at the Climate Adaptation Summit on 26 January, alongside IFAD’s Goodwill Ambassadors Idris and Sabrina Elba who will discuss the topic with Alexander de Croo, Prime Minister of Belgium, and Dag Inge Ulstei, Norway’s Minister of International Development. Only 1.7 percent of global climate finance – a fraction of what is needed – goes to small-scale farmers in developing countries despite their disproportionate vulnerability to the impacts of climate change, according to a report released by IFAD at the end of 2020. ASAP+ intends to change this. It is envisioned to be the largest fund dedicated to channelling climate finance to small-scale producers. It aims to mobilise US$500 million to reduce climate change threats to food security, lower greenhouse gases and help more than 10 million people adapt to weather changes. Austria, Germany, Ireland and Qatar have already pledged commitments. ASAP+ will focus on low income countries that depend the most on agriculture and face the greatest challenges in terms of food insecurity, rural poverty and exposure to climate change. It aims to bring 4 million hectares of degraded land under climate resilient practices, and sequester around 110 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent over 20 years. It will also help countries achieve their nationally determined contributions set under the Paris agreement. Small-scale farming systems currently produce half of the world’s food calories, but are often entirely reliant on natural resources, including rain. As a result, they are at significant risk from increasing temperatures, erratic rainfall, pest infestations, rising sea levels, and extreme events such as floods, droughts, landslides, typhoons and heat waves.

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Climate finance neglects small-scale farmers – new report

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 14 novembre 2020

Climate finance neglects small-scale farmers – new report

Rome. Only 1.7 per cent of climate finance – a fraction of what is needed – goes to small-scale farmers in developing countries despite their disproportionate vulnerability to the impacts of climate change, according to a report released by the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) today.Examining the Climate Finance Gap for Small-Scale Agriculture is the first detailed analysis of climate finance flows to small-scale farmers. It is released during the Finance in Common Summit where representatives of the world’s 450 Public Development Banks are meeting for the first time to discuss how to reorient financial flows to support global climate and development targets.The report shows that while financing that supports actions to address climate change surpassed half a trillion US dollars for the first time in 2017 and 2018, only $10 billion of this reached smallholder farmers annually. “It is unacceptable that the people who produce much of the world’s food, and who are at the greatest mercy of increasingly unpredictable weather, receive the least support,” said Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of IFAD. “Small-scale farmers living on marginal lands are on the frontline of climate change and should have access to the climate finance they need to adapt their production.” Small-scale farmers currently produce 50 percent of the world’s food calories. However, higher temperatures – together with increased incidences of drought and flooding – destroy crops and livestock and make it difficult for them to continue to feed their communities and earn a living.While there are no exact figures available of what climate financing small-scale farmers require, various estimates of their general needs are in the order of hundreds of billions annually, which gives an indication of the magnitude of the climate investments required.IFAD is the only multilateral development organization focused on eradicating hunger and poverty in rural areas. Next year it will launch ASAP+, a climate financing mechanism envisioned to be the largest fund dedicated to channelling climate finance to small-scale producers to help them adapt to climate change and combat hunger and malnutrition.ASAP+ builds on IFAD’s Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP), the largest global climate adaptation programme for smallholder farmers, which has already channelled more than $300 million to more than 5 million farmers in 41 countries.

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Coronavirus response: Romanian aquaculture farmers benefit from additional EMFF support

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 9 settembre 2020

Following the unprecedented outbreak of the coronavirus, the European Commission has taken swift action to protect the fisheries and aquaculture sectors from severe shocks by introducing specific measures, including amendments to the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). Subsequently, Romania has modified its operational programme and has allocated €5 million of public support to compensate aquaculture companies for financial loss caused by the coronavirus outbreak. To ensure sufficient funds, Romania reallocated €1.8 million from other areas of the programme.It is expected that over 160 aquaculture farms who are economically affected by the coronavirus, will benefit from the income support scheme. The farmers may use the granted compensations to cover their temporary losses. This ensures that they can continue their activities. Thus, the scheme will help mitigate shocks to the entire sector by avoiding downsizing measures such as staff reduction and suspension of activity. The compensations will be based on the average income from sales in the last three years. The minimum support will be €15 000.The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has put the EU’s fisheries and aquaculture sectors under substantial pressure. Many fishermen and -women, producers, and processors have been forced to suspend or severely reduce their activities. The closure of sales venues, markets, outlets, and distribution channels has seen a substantial drop in prices and volumes.

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Mobile phones to help 1.7 million small-scale farmers increase production during COVID-19 economic slowdown

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 25 agosto 2020

Some 1.7 million small-scale farmers in Kenya, Nigeria and Pakistan will soon receive personalized agricultural advice through their mobile phones as a means to improve their incomes, food security and resilience to economic shocks caused by COVID-19, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) announced today.The innovative initiative, one of 11 proposals to receive initial funding under IFAD’s Rural Poor Stimulus Facility (RPSF), comes as a result of a new partnership between IFAD and Precision Agriculture for Development (PAD), a global non-profit organisation co-founded by Nobel Prize winning economist Michael Kremer. Using mobile phone technology, farmers will receive low-cost, customized advice to improve on-farm practices, input utilization, pest and disease management, environmental sustainability and access to markets.IFAD’s RPSF, which was launched recently by IFAD’s UN Goodwill Ambassadors, the actor and humanitarian Idris Elba and the model and activist Sabrina Dhowre Elba, aims to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the livelihoods and food security of rural poor people. Funding for these first 11 initiatives, amounting to US$11.2 million from the RPSF plus $5.2 million in co-financing mainly from governments and implementing partners, will benefit an estimated 6.7 million small-scale farmers in developing countries who are adversely impacted by the economic slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Among the proposals financed are two regionally focused initiatives in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa that will provide emergency livelihood support through local farmers’ organisations, and eight country-level initiatives in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Nepal, Nigeria, Palestine and Rwanda. The majority of these initiatives, which are embedded in national COVID-19 response strategies, will be implemented through IFAD project teams and other strategic partners to ensure fast delivery.The activities that will be delivered include: providing seeds and fertiliser in time for the upcoming planting season; assisting with storage and market transport; supporting local banks to provide credit; and establishing digital platforms for information, training, banking and marketing services. Working through existing project teams and IFAD country offices, the initiatives will draw on existing targeting data to identify and provide assistance to the most at-risk groups.A second round of funding, which includes 22 initiatives and amounts to $13.8 million, is expected by the end of August. Thanks to generous contributions from key partners, additional rounds of funding will follow later in the year. By Antonia Paradela

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Bayer stands by Kenya and Uganda in fight against desert locust devastation

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 18 agosto 2020

Farmers in Kenya and Uganda currently fighting a devastating locust invasion and looming food security crisis are receiving help from Bayer thanks to a donation of 170,000 liters of Decis ULV insecticide. 120,000 liters will be shipped to Kenya and 50,000 liters have already been shipped to Uganda. In both countries, the product will be donated to the local governments to fight the locust swarms. The donation from Bayer, which has a material value of approximately 750,000 Euros, will enable treatment of 170,000 hectares of the most affected fields.Considered the worst crop pests in the world, locusts ravage everything in their path. According to the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), East Africa fields have fallen victim to the worst locust invasion in 25 years. Earlier this year, the FAO issued a call for insecticides, including Deltamethrin, the active ingredient in Decis ULV which is the only one effective in combating the desert locust. Bayer’s insecticide donation from its Crop Science division will support the fight against these harmful migratory pests which are currently threatening food security in the region.The Bayer donation addresses an urgent need to act as farmers prepare for the arrival of new swarms. Recent heavy rains are expected to cause a further proliferation of locusts in East Africa that could prove to be even more destructive and spread to other African regions.
Earlier this year, the largest swarm that hit Kenya measured 2,400 square kilometers and was made up of 200 billion locusts. The pests consumed nearly 400,000 tons of food every 24 hours which is equivalent to what 84 million people eat each day. Desert Locusts can travel up to 130 kilometers a day in their frantic race to feed and reproduce.The devastation means a serious food crisis threatens these East African countries with many countries already experiencing food shortages. In Kenya where 34 percent of the country’s GDP comes from agriculture, this invasion marks the worst of its kind in 70 years and is threatening the country’s economics and food production. According to the French non-profit organization Acted, food prices are soaring in Mandera County in North East Kenya due to damage to 65 percent of its agricultural production. And, Kenyan livestock farmers just experienced three years of drought from which it takes up to five years to recover.The 170,000 liters of Decis ULV donated to Kenya and Uganda were produced in France, in a Bayer industrial site based in Villefranche Limas that specializes in the formulation, packaging and distribution of plant protection products for farmers.

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Farmers Insurance Federal Credit Union Engages Xtensifi for Strategic Consulting Services

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 23 febbraio 2019

Xtensifi, a digital consulting firm that enables financial institutions to create and execute their mobile and online strategies, announced today that it was recently selected by Farmers Insurance Federal Credit Union to provide strategic consulting services to help accelerate digital transformation of member services. Xtensifi applied its expertise in digital banking services and technology to assist Farmers Insurance Federal Credit Union in defining innovation priorities, clarifying a vision and creating a roadmap to achieve the institution’s strategic goals. Additionally, Xtensifi worked closely with credit union executives to formulate and assess innovation opportunities and develop actionable plans. “Our number one goal is to provide superior member service,” said Laura Campbell, CEO of Farmers Insurance Federal Credit Union. “Xtensifi has been instrumental in helping us define our digital strategy which will enable us to deliver extraordinary service through non-traditional/remote channels.” “Each new partnership is important to us, and we are excited to help Farmers Insurance Federal Credit Union with its strategic goals,” said George Kelley, CEO of Xtensifi. “As consumer expectations continue to evolve, it can be overwhelming for financial institutions to keep up the pace of change that new technologies enable. At Xtensifi, we remain committed to providing highly-customized consulting services, to improve not only internal processes, but also enhance the member’s digital experience.”

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Niman Ranch Raises Nearly $100,000 to Aid National Young Farmers Coalition to Support Young Farmers

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 1 febbraio 2018

Niman RanchNiman Ranch, a leader in sustainable agriculture and humane livestock practices, today announced they raised nearly $100,000 to help The National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC). The partnership included both a product specific goal for the sale of ham and sausage that secured $60,000 and a social media awareness campaign that generated $39,129. The effort helped to introduce Niman Ranch to new young farmers while supporting NYFC’s important advocacy work. For every farm photo shared through social media, Niman Ranch contributed $1.00 to NYFC. In the first month of the campaign the effort went viral on Twitter and Facebook with over 800,000 viewings after 21,476 shares and retweets and 17,653 likes.“Niman Ranch has a special focus on family farming, young farmers and preserving America’s farmland and is looking to reach out to younger farmers who are interested in raising pigs, cattle or lamb for Niman Ranch,” said founding Niman Ranch hog farmer, Paul Willis. “The partnership with the well-respected National Young Farmers Coalition supports youth and sustainable farming and will help Niman Ranch continue our mission and provide mentors for new young farmers.” The National Young Farmers Coalition is a grassroots network of young farmers, ranchers, and consumers fighting for the future of farming. A survey released by NYFC in November showed a resurgence of young people choosing agricultural careers. The majority of these young farmers are not coming from farm families, they are growing vegetables and livestock on diversified farms, and they face many challenges in getting started.Supporting these young farmers is especially important as the average age of farmers in the United States reaches 58. Niman Ranch farmers, on the other hand, average 47 years old, more than 11 years younger than the national average.“Millennials are motivated to farm in a way they feel good about. Our latest survey found that young farmers are committed to sustainable and conservation-minded farming practices,” said Lindsey Lusher Shute, executive director of the National Young Farmers Coalition. “Niman Ranch’s model with important environmental and humane standards provides a structure and market for someone who wants to do the right thing for the animals and land. We’re finding that once a young farmer gets started they want to find a network like Niman Ranch where it is possible to grow gradually and move into wholesale.”Niman Ranch began the partnership to expand beyond their family farmer network of more than 729 farmers, many from generational family farms, to include the growing segment of new young farmers across the country. In conjunction with the NYFC effort, Niman Ranch created a Young Farmer Advisory Committee and announced a new multi-tiered initiative focused on ensuring a fair wage with steady, predictable and meaningful farm income; extended contracts for financial stability and confidence to ensure better lending terms for young farmers; co-signing loans to allow new and young farmers to afford to grow and invest in the farms; educational programs and “how to” videos to aid farmers on best practices; scholarships for students attending college; financial incentives for a quality production; and, a mentor program led by experienced farmers to help pass on knowledge to the next generation and be available to help with questions and on-farm issues. (photo: Niman Ranch)

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Farmers Edge and Planet Partner to Change Global Agriculture Using Daily Satellite Imagery and Real-Time Big Data Insights

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 13 ottobre 2017

Planet Earth - North AmericaFarmers Edge™, a global leader in decision agriculture, announced today a strategic partnership to bring Planet’s best-in-class global monitoring data and platform capabilities to the Farmers Edge precision agriculture product suite. Planet is an integrated aerospace and data platform company that operates the world’s largest fleet of earth imaging satellites, collecting the largest quantity of earth imagery. Farmers Edge is now a sole distributor for Planet in key agricultural regions, with the right to use and distribute high-resolution, high-frequency imagery from Planet’s three flagship satellite constellations.
Through this multimillion-dollar, multi-year global distribution agreement, Farmers Edge and Planet are significantly expanding their existing partnership. The companies will deliver the vanguard of remote sensing driven and analytics-based agronomy services to growers worldwide. Farmers Edge customers will be among the first to take advantage of field-centric, consistent, and accurate insights from satellite imagery. While traditional imagery products provide only a partial, delayed, or inconsistent view of fields, this partnership equips Farmers Edge growers with comprehensive, high-quality field imagery more frequently updated than any other company in the industry.“Until now, the challenge with satellite imagery was the data was simply not frequent enough to react to crop stress in a timely manner,” said Wade Barnes, President and CEO of Farmers Edge. “At Farmers Edge, providing our customers with the most concise, comprehensive, and consistent data is at the core of what we do. We understand the need for more image frequency, that’s why we are partnering with Planet. Daily imagery is a game-changer in the digital ag space.”The combination of Planet’s unprecedented data set and Farmers Edge state-of-the-art image processing technology allows for early crop monitoring and gives growers the best opportunity to correct factors that could limit crop performance and compromise yield potential. Growers will now have a wealth of field-centric data updated throughout the growing season, including early monitoring of crop stand, detection of pest and weed pressure, drainage issues, hail damage, herbicide injuries, nutrient deficiencies, yield prediction and more.“Farmers Edge is consistently at the cutting edge of innovation in agricultural technology, and we’re proud to expand our partnership with them as we work to improve profitability, sustainability, and efficiency for the world’s producers,” said Will Marshall, CEO of Planet. “The challenges faced by the agriculture industry are complex in nature and global in scale, and we believe our data is uniquely positioned to solve agricultural challenges.”“Retailers, co-ops, equipment dealers, agronomists, and all other important advisors to the farmer can now partner with Farmers Edge and leverage this industry changing capability within their business,” said Ron Osborne, Chief Strategy Officer of Farmers Edge. “We’re pleased to be able to help so many in our industry manage risks, in near real-time. This is great for our customers, our partners, and agriculture.”In 2016, Planet awarded Farmers Edge its Agriculture Award, recognizing the company’s pioneering work with ag-based analytics, Variable Rate Technology and field-centric data management. (photo: Planet’s global)

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Youth Ag-Summit: Feeding a Hungry Planet

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 24 gennaio 2015

cibo2Bayer CropScience insieme a Future Farmers Network Australia (FFN) organizza il secondo Youth Ag-Summit a Canberra dal 24 al 28 agosto 2015.
Circa 100 giovani provenienti da tutto il mondo sono invitati a partecipare all’evento. Per candidarsi è necessario presentare un saggio che illustri il proprio punto di vista relativamente al problema della mancanza di cibo e alle conseguenze sulla popolazione mondiale.
Jacqueline Applegate, Managing Director of Bayer CropScience in Australia e Nuova Zelanda, dichiara: “Si stima che la popolazione mondiale arriverà a oltre 9 miliardi nel 2050. Per contro, diminuiranno sempre più i terreni coltivabili e le risorse. Il Summit lancia una sfida ai giovani, chiedendo loro di affrontare uno dei più grandi problemi mondiali della nostra epoca: come nutrire il pianeta?”
“Il Summit è un grande forum, che ispira i giovani leader a condividere idee e proposte innovative: una grande piattaforma globale che offre loro l’opportunità di confrontarsi con i leader del settore di oggi e di domani”, aggiunge Applegate.Bayer CropScience ha sostenuto l’iniziativa Youth Ag-Summit in Canada nel 2013, durante il quale più di 100 partecipanti provenienti da tutto il mondo hanno condiviso le loro idee in un dialogo aperto sul futuro dell’agricoltura.Georgie Aley, Chair of FFN afferma: “Future Farmers Network ritiene fondamentale coltivare nuovi talenti per affrontare al meglio le sfide che l’agricoltura comporta, sia locale che globale. Siamo orgogliosi di collaborare con Bayer CropScience nel lancio e nella realizzazione del Youth Ag-Summit 2015”.I saggi devono essere inviati entro il 31 gennaio 2015 all’
Future Farmers Network (FFN) is Australia’s only national youth agricultural network that connects and supports young Australians involved in rural industries. Operating since 2002, FFN connects youth involved in all facets of agriculture and provides members with access to the latest news, events, scholarships, awards and information from across all aspects of the Australian agricultural sector. To learn more about FFN visit:
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, agriculture and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience, the subgroup of Bayer AG responsible for the agricultural business, has annual sales of EUR 8,819 million (2013) and is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of seeds, crop protection and non-agricultural pest control. The company offers an outstanding range of products including high value seeds, innovative crop protection solutions based on chemical and biological modes of action as well as an extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture. In the area of non-agricultural applications, Bayer CropScience has a broad portfolio of products and services to control pests from home and garden to forestry applications. The company has a global workforce of 22,400 and is represented in more than 120 countries. This and further news is available at:

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Fallout Continues from FTA Delays

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 21 novembre 2011

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While the United States has finally approved the Colombia, Panama and South Korea free trade agreements (FTAs), the long delay in achieving U.S. ratification continues to produce fallout.In South Korea, critics say the pact could threaten South Korea’s national interests, and opposition party members are attempting to block a vote in the parliament. Opposition is coming from South Korea’s auto industry and farmers, who fear a flood of U.S. farm exports.South Korea’s president said he will seek to renegotiate a provision that gives foreign investors the right to have international arbitrators hear a dispute in South Korea, and he has made a rare trip to parliament this week to argue for a vote.Meanwhile, Kurt Shultz, U.S. Grains Council regional director, reported U.S. market share in the Caribbean Basin continues to suffer as South American exports’ growing advantage in Colombia spilled over to a number of other markets in the region.“The primary destinations for South American corn in order of volume are Colombia, Venezuela, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and now Panama,” Shultz said. “In 2010, corn imports from South America totaled 4 million metric tons (157 million bushels) in the region, and we expect their sales to be the same or stronger this year.“A tremendous amount of work still needs to be done as our market share in the region is still under attack.”As an example, Shultz noted that Panama had its first shipment of South American corn at the end of 2010 and has continued importing from South America this year.“Colombia is the primary driver in this situation,” Shultz commented. “All of this highlights the need for the United States to work urgently to implement the Colombia FTA. If the process takes more than a year, U.S. farmers and exporters will continue to suffer market losses in the region.”To facilitate the implementation of this legislation, Wendell Shauman, USGC Chairman, Bart Schott, Chairman of the National Corn Grower’s Association, and Council directors Chris Corry and Floyd Gaibler will be traveling to Columbia on Nov. 27.

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Food security

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 20 luglio 2010

Rome – the European Commission has agreed to finance the project “Emergency support to vulnerable communities affected by the floods in January 2010, in Cusco and Puno Regions (Peru)”. The project is funded  by the European Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO) from a donation of 1.100.000 euro over a period of 11 months to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), which will implement the action. The overall objective of the project is to increase food security of the subsistence farmers affected by the floods in Cusco and Puno through the re-establishment of the productive capacity of subsistence farmers and through the guarantee of the community resilience against natural disasters in coordination with the local authorities.

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U.S. Farmers Respond to World Demand

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 3 aprile 2010

Washington, D.C. USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released its 2010 Prospective Plantings report showing U.S. corn acreage at 88.8 million, up 3 percent from both 2009 and 2008. According to the U.S. Grains Council, this increase shows the U.S. farmers’ commitment to meet the increased demand for corn around the world. “U.S. farmers step up to the plate every year,” said Tim Burrack, Iowa Corn Promotion Board chairman. “U.S. farmers use top-of-the-line technology and modern farming techniques to ensure a high quality product. We meet the domestic needs of the livestock industry and the ethanol industry and are able to meet the needs of our trading partners and customers around the world.”  Ron Gray, Illinois corn farmer and former president of Illinois Corn Marketing Board, said “We continue to hear our Administration’s empasis to expand U.S. agricultural exports. This acreage increase reflects America’s capacity to meet the domestic market demand as well as sustain U.S. market share around the world at a competitive price. Exports are a crucial component to the U.S. economy. They are good for our economy, they are good for the rest of the world.”

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Eu Food

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 28 Maggio 2009

Small-scale farmers in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sierra Leone are soon to  receive  a  productivity boost, thanks to innovative projects of the UN World  Food Programme (WFP) funded with a 39-million euro donation from the European Union (EU). The  projects are aimed at helping poor farmers – most of them women – more efficiently  produce  food  through  programs  such  as group farming, crop diversification  and kitchen gardens. In some communities, WFP will provide food  in  exchange  for  work on projects aimed at improving irrigation and flood resistance, or planting trees. These  WFP  food security projects come under the first allocation from the new  1-billion  euro  EU  Food  Facility,  to  respond  to the growing food security  problems  faced  by many developing countries. About 1.5 million people will benefit from the first four WFP programmes. Sheeran  said  the  EU’s  commitment  to the world’s poorest farmers was an important  signal  that at a time of financial crisis in the industrialized world,  the organisation had not forgotten the needs of the most vulnerable people in developing countries. The allocations include the following: Bangladesh,  20  million  euro  to provide food and cash in exchange for
work  on  flood control, irrigation projects and raised seed beds, training in  on-farm entrepreneurship such as group farming and crop diversification and other income generation projects; Pakistan,  14  million  euro  to increase crop production, plant kitchen gardens,  provide food in exchange for work on water & sanitation projects, the  production  of 35 million tree saplings and the planting of 10 million trees; Sierra  Leone,  5.4 million euro to provide food in exchange for work on rehabilitation  of  inland  valley  swamps  and smallholder plantations and improvement of feeder roads to help farmers bring their produce to market.
WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency and the UN’s frontline agency for hunger solutions. In 2009, WFP aims to feed around 100 million people in 77 countries:

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