Kampala; DEVELOPMENT agencies operating in rural areas have been urged to encourage small income-generating activities alongside farming.
A few days ago I was invited by a group of some thirty farmers in the Nouna region to take part in one of their meetings. During the discussion the subject of a family dispute over land came up.
Although the European textile industry is almost extinct, as a result of the competition from China, there are still some exceptions. A few days ago, for example, a TV channel featured a successful French organic cotton plant in Brittany. A textile business that was not hit by the crisis. Its secret ? It processes organic cotton.
Booming potato production in the developing world could falter as the global economic slowdown reduces investment, trade and potato farmers' access to credit, a new FAO report warned today.
Water key to eradicating hunger and poverty.
A three-day pan-African ministerial Conference pledged today to promote water development throughout the continent to fully exploit Africa's agricultural and hydroenergy potential.
A new threat looms over Africa and its farmers. In the wake of the food crisis , rich countries are increasingly concerned with their food security and are taking leases on large farming estates abroad. Most of the time they lean on agri-business companies and private investors, who see a new and important source of income in a stake in farm land abroad. Farmers in countries which sell out to such groups run a serious risk of becoming landless in a near future
Peasant farmers in Burkina Faso and in the rest of the world now have a staunch ally even at the United Nations. The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Mr Olivier de Schutter, sees food sovereignty as absolutely vital to solving the world food crisis.
They are marching to Malacanang to demand from the President the reversal of the Office of the President's April 2008 decision signed by Secretary Ermita.
Agricultural specialists have warned farmers against using pesticides to kill an unidentified freshwater snail species that have been damaging crops in southern Myanmar.