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Call for applications: Cradle to Grave – A research & programme management workshop series

Are you an experienced research or programme manager who would like to hone your skills in programme design, implementation and close-out? Are you currently involved in other aspects of research but are interested in pursuing a career in research management?* Applications to participate in the ‘Cradle to Grave’ workshop series are now open. Run by …

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African Union conference on COVID-19 and food security features AFRICAP research

There’s no doubt that COVID-19 has had significant effects on Africa’s food systems. The real question is how we can work together to mitigate threats that the pandemic poses for food security and nutrition, while building resilience to future shocks. Researchers from the GCRF-Agricultural and Food System Resilience: Increasing Capacity and Advising Policy (AFRICAP) programme …

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Feeding into Zambia’s agri-food future: Chatham House fellowship influences national policy development

By Lauren Phillips, University of Leeds Though maize is a staple of the Zambian diet, it also contributes to the country’s high malnutrition rates, among the highest in the world. Aside from health consequences, reliance on maize also makes the country more susceptible to climate change. A combination of strong droughts and flash flooding wiped …

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Oil seeds strategy to grow farming jobs and income

By Happy Mulolani The Government of Zambia is facilitating the development of an Edible Oils Strategy to boost national oilseeds production and value addition. Zambia is currently relying on imported edible oils, which are killing the local industry, taking jobs and income from farmers. The Agricultural Consultative Forum (ACF), with support from the Food, Agriculture and …

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Climate smart agriculture boosting farmer yields and income in Malawi

By Martha Chikoti Peter Chilunje, a smallholder farmer in central Malawi, grows maize, the national staple. Each time there is a drought, his family only has enough food to last them until the next harvest.  “In drought years, the maize we produce sometimes lasts us less than five months and that is scary for my …

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