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Comparative analysis of youth transition in bean production systems in Ghana and Cameroon

Diciembre, 2023

Youth transition in the common bean ( Phaseolus vulgaris L.) value chain remains low in Ghana and Cameroon despite the potential of the bean sub-sector in reducing poverty, unemployment, and undernutrition. This study compared youth transition in the bean value chain in Ghana and Cameroon. It investigated how intersectional elements, including age, influence the uptake of bean production among the youth in these two countries. Data were collected from 266 participants from Ghana and 84 from Cameroon. The data were collected through focus group discussions (FGD) and in-depth interviews.

Stakeholder mapping for climate change action in Tajikistan

Diciembre, 2023
Tajikistan

Central Asia is highly vulnerable to climate change threats, which have negatively impacted both humans and wildlife. Tajikistan, one of the least urbanized countries in the region, is prone to natural disasters, disruptions in rainfall, growing temperatures, reductions in glacial cover, and extreme weather events (Zoï Environment Network 2020; Green Climate Fund [GCF] 2020).

Participatory characterization of cocoa and livestock agri-food systems in Caquetá: A community perspective

Diciembre, 2023
Global

The department of Caquetá in the Colombian Amazon plays a crucial role in addressing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from food systems, primarily stemming from land use changes, such as the conversion of forests into pastures, and agricultural practices. Despite 72% of the department still being covered by forests, participatory research in two municipalities, Montañita and Belén de los Andaquíes, reveals a diverse agrifood landscape, focusing on cocoa and livestock.

Validation of maize fertilizer recommendations in Northern Ghana: Towards variety and cropping system-specificity

Diciembre, 2023
Global

In Ghana, productivity gains from agricultural expansion have reached critical limits as farming expands to marginal lands. The transition from extensification to intensification of the farming system lacks the support of evidence-based knowledge system. Without knowledge and proper guidance, farmers tend to use inputs on ad-hoc basis resulting in meagre improvements in use efficiencies.

Pathways towards resilient urban food systems

Diciembre, 2023
Global

Food systems are facing unprecedented challenges from multiple shocks and stresses, including climate events, pandemics, geopolitical events, and economic crises. People, assets and infrastructures throughout supply chains are vulnerable to the impacts, and the consequences for food and nutrition security, livelihoods and economic development, and social equity can be dramatic.

Higher livestock abortion burden in arid and semi-arid lands, Kenya, 2019-2020

Diciembre, 2023
Kenya

Tracking livestock abortion patterns over time and across factors such as species and agroecological zones (AEZs) could inform policies to mitigate disease emergence, zoonoses risk, and reproductive losses. We conducted a year-long population-based active surveillance of livestock abortion between 2019 and 2020, in administrative areas covering 52% of Kenya's landmass and home to 50% of Kenya's livestock. Surveillance sites were randomly selected to represent all AEZs in the country.

“It doesn’t matter at all—we are family”: Titling and joint property rights in Myanmar

Diciembre, 2023
Myanmar

Many policy makers and academics striving for more gender equality consider joint property rights as preferable over sole rights, since the latter often discriminate against women. Several governments in low-, middle- and high-income countries have therefore imposed joint rights through modifications of statutory law or mandatory joint property registration.

Strengthening capacity, incentives and institutions for food safety in Ethiopia: Training of food business inspectors from the Addis Ababa City Administration

Diciembre, 2023
Ethiopia

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is implementing a food safety project, Strengthening Capacity, Incentives and Institutions for Food Safety in Ethiopia (SCIIFS), aimed at improving the capacity of food safety regulators. As part of this project, on 11 October 2023, ILRI organized a workshop for food inspectors from the Addis Ababa City Administration Food and Drug Authority (AAFDA) to train them on food safety, food inspection, foodborne hazards, and elements that support food safety interventions.

Interprovincial food trade aggravates China’s land scarcity

Diciembre, 2023
Global

Land is an increasingly scarce resource that plays a critical role in achieving many Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Land scarcity, namely the imbalance state between cropland availability and demand, can be mitigated by the trade of agricultural products, but how effective it is remains unclear. Here, by integrating grid-level data on cropland into multi-regional input–output analysis, this paper accounts for the scarce land footprint and virtual scarce land flows within China at a 1 km × 1 km resolution.