AGRODEP NEWS

By: Sara Gustafson Blog originally posted on ssa.foodsecurityportal.org The number of people around the world facing severe food insecurity skyrocketed by 20 million in 2020, according to the 2021 Global Report on Food Crises, released earlier this month. Acute food insecurity now affects at least 155 million people across 55 countries/territories, with some regions facing famine-level hunger. Of the 10 worse food crises identified by...
By: Sara Gustafson Blog originally posted on ssa.foodsecurityportal.org While Africa south of the Sahara has largely avoided severe health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic (fewer than 5 percent of globally confirmed cases and approximately 89,000 COVID-related deaths), the region is experiencing economic fallout due to national and global pandemic policy responses. Economic growth, value chain functioning, incomes, trade, poverty, and...
By: Sara Gustafson Blog originally posted on foodsecurityportal.org While women contribute significantly to global agricultural production, they often lack access to credit and finance, training and extension services, resources, and land rights, putting them at higher risk of malnutrition, food insecurity, and poverty. Increasing women’s empowerment in agriculture is a critical step in ensuring gender equity and reducing hunger for...
By: Antoine Bouët, Brahima Cissé and  Fousseini Traoré Blog originally posted on telos-eu.com Mark Twain once warned, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” Yet statistics are a fundamental tool for economic policy and decision-making by governments, international institutions, and even the private sector. International trade statistics play a...
By: Sara Gustafson Blog originally posted on ssa.foodsecurityportal.org In 2019, as many as 135 million people across 55 countries required urgent food, nutrition, and livelihood assistance, according to the 2020 Global Report on Food Crises. This was the highest global number of acutely food-insecure people on record. The GRFC’s mid-year update, released in early October, takes a look at recent data for 26 of those...
By: Antoine Bouet Blog originally posted on ssa.foodsecurityportal.org The third annual Africa Agriculture Trade Monitor (AATM) was released last week. The report finds both good news and bad news for Africa’s trading system, as well as some important promises. First the good news. The value of African agricultural exports grew steadily between 2003 and 2018, and African exports are expanding in several emerging and fast-...