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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Can the sub-Saharan African food system be climate-smart and nutrition-sensitive?

By Professor Caroline Orfila, School of Food Science and Nutrition & Global Food and Environment Institute, University of Leeds Can the African Food System be both climate-smart and nutrition-sensitive? This is a question that I have been researching over the last few years as part of the GCRF-AFRICAP project. I have been fortunate to work …

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How conservation agriculture helps African farmers combat climate change

By Professor Andy Dougill (@AndyDougill), Professor of Environmental Sustainability and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Environment, University of Leeds Can conservation agriculture (CA) help farmers in sub-Saharan Africa build resilience to the problem of climate change? Professor Andy Dougill believes it is possible, but that more co­ordinated planning and coherent policy support across sectors …

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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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