In an ongoing effort to step-up the fight against malaria, pan-African movement Zero Malaria Starts With Me recently unveiled a new campaign: Draw The Line Against Malaria. The campaign, whose official launch took place on February 24th, is focused on engaging youth, calling on young people across Africa and all over the world to unite to fight malaria. By driving more action, more innovation, more funding and more leadership the movement aims to mobilise communities to fight this deadly disease and achieve #ZeroMalaria within a generation.
As food is fuel to the body, agriculture is the fuel of every nation and Canada is no different. Food, and as a result, agriculture, is key to every nation’s development. Any nation struggling to provide food to all its citizens in sufficient amounts also battles with lower productivity, a poorer economy, and various health challenges. This explains why the sector is of great importance.
The United Nations Environment Assembly is going virtual over 2 days from February 22 - 23, 2021 in order to cater to administrative and budgetary issues. This first part of the event will be called UNEA 5.I. Substantive matters that require in-depth negotiations will be deferred to a resumed in-person session in February 2022: UNEA 5.2.
Eat your greens! You’ve probably heard this phrase throughout your childhood. Of course, this phrase was used to refer to vegetables of all kinds and not just the green ones. There is another healthy food staple that needs even more praise and encouragement: pulses.
As we have begun this New Year, we have the opportunity to shape a food system that’s even better than before.
During the past year, we have heard some great leaders – young and old – in Africa talk about their common themes on the vision of a new African food system. I think these are themes which could strengthen any food system.
Food – something we all think about every day. Yet, how far do our thoughts about food go? Do we think about how it is produced and where it comes from? Do we think about the cost of our food to the environment? The cost of production? Do we ever wonder whether there is an endless supply of the foods we love?
10 years ago I had a dream to start a new business focused on issues I am passionate about. That dream has been shared by the incredible coterie of colleagues we have built at Emerging ag – truly my dream team! Over the past decade, we have had the opportunity to work on exciting projects with interesting clients from around the world. Although this year we didn’t get to visit those clients and projects in-person, we were so lucky to have had a busy, constructive, exciting year – our biggest yet despite all the challenges. Here are a few highlights:
For centuries, the world perceived hunger and food insecurity as only effects in conflict situations. Indeed, conflict is one of the main drivers of hunger. In any situation where people are displaced, maimed, or killed as a result of insecurity and conflict the end result is lower food production. So, it is true that conflict brings hunger.
At a time when human civilization has achieved technological advances beyond imagination, where global telecommunications are instant, where artificial intelligence has permeated almost every aspect of life, when mankind has travelled to the moon and beyond, one age-old problem continues to persist – hunger. Despite the efforts by Governments, regional and international organizations and many actors and stakeholders, the world has been unable to eliminate the scourge of hunger.