Whether for profit or social motives - and often both - an increasing number of investors are targeting opportunities in African agriculture. At the same time innovative approaches for deploying aid to support farming businesses linked to smallholders are emerging. This blog provides a snapshot of who is doing what, where and how.

21 February 2011

Ag jobs, food production hikes can help stem protests, UN told

With world food prices soaring and unrest surging in the Middle East, boosting food production and finding agriculture-related jobs for disenchanted young people are now crucial, keynote speakers told the annual meeting of the U.N. fund for reducing rural poverty.
IFAD President Kanayo F. Nwanze said, "The first step is recognizing that farming of any scale is an economic activity, a business. And businesses need clear links along the value chain – from production to processing, marketing and consumption."

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