Blog entries from: IFAD social reporting blog

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July 25 2014

From IFAD social reporting blog Fri Jul 25 2014, 05:44:00

by Marian Amaka Odenigbo 

On 15 and 16 July 2014, FAO/USAID/FANTA organized a meeting on the global dietary diversity indicator for assessing the micronutrient adequacy of women's diets in Washington DC, USA. IFAD was among the development agencies present at this meeting. Participants were challenged to reach a consensus on a global indicator for assessing women's dietary adequacy based on the Women's Dietary Diversity Project (WDDP-II) draft report. The diets of resource-poor population are very monotonous, dominated by starchy staples which fail to meet micronutrients needs. Women of reproductive age are among the nutritionally vulnerable groups and their poor micronutrient intake  harm not only themselves, but also their children.

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July 21 2014

July 20 2014

From IFAD social reporting blog Sun Jul 20 2014, 07:48:00

by Marian Amaka Odenigbo and Karima Cherif

Photo by Karima Cherif

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July 14 2014

July 13 2014

July 11 2014

From IFAD social reporting blog Fri Jul 11 2014, 10:04:00

A game changing conference attracting over 600 delegates including farmers, farmer organizations, traders, bankers, financial institutions, governments, and government agencies, from the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries are meeting in Nairobi, Kenya from 14 to 18 July 2014 to discuss ways of developing a modern and high-performing agricultural financing system that will enable agriculture serve the increasing demands of the urban and global markets. The President of Kenya, His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta is scheduled to officially open the conference.  Several African Agriculture and Finance Ministers, as well as Central Bank Governors are also expected to attend.

The meeting is organized by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA), the ...

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July 8 2014

July 4 2014

From IFAD social reporting blog Fri Jul 4 2014, 10:16:00

29 June 2014 marked the 10-year Anniversary of the entry-into-force of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA). To celebrate the event, the Secretariat of the International Treaty and the FAO Office in Geneva organized a high-level celebration on 3 July 2014, in the United Nations Office in Geneva. This meeting was attended by Ministers, Ambassadors, international institutions, as well as civil society and private sector representatives. The celebration focused on the Treaty as an instrument to assist low-income food-deficient countries through the support of their farming and local communities, reviewing the political and technical results achieved, and designing a future trajectory for the Treaty's work.

The event was organized around an ...

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July 2 2014

From IFAD social reporting blog Wed Jul 2 2014, 09:40:00

On 17th June 2014 over 600 project staff, senior officials from the Federal and regional Government, Donors and other stakeholders congregated in Debrezeit, Ethiopia to launch the third phase of the Pastoral Community Development Project (PCDP). The PCDP III launch was an opportunity to discuss the project design, assess lessons learned and successes from the past and incorporate theses into the implementation of new activities.

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July 1 2014

From IFAD social reporting blog Tue Jul 1 2014, 10:20:00

When the Finnish botanist Peter Forsskal made the first collection of Red Sea seaweeds during an expedition to South Arabia in 1763, he likely had no idea of their rich vitamin and mineral content. In fact even today, countries like Djibouti that depend on food imports, do not properly utilize the bounty that the Red Sea has to offer. 

Some seaweeds produce unique phycocolloids with innumerable uses as gelling, thickening, emulsifying and stabilizing agents in cosmetics, textile, pharmaceutical and food products industries. Seaweed colloids are present in toothpastes, shaving creams, body creams, hair lotions, perfumes, medicinal syrups, salad dressings, bakery products, ice creams, fruit and other beverages, agrofertilizers and livestock feed to name a few. On the beaches of Djibouti, ...

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