At FARMAF’s international policy workshop, held from 14–15 April 2015 in Lusaka, Zambia, the keynote address was delivered by Zambia’s Minister for Agriculture and Livestock, the Honourable Given Lubinda. The Minister began his speech by highlighting Zambia’s position as the “future grain basket for Southern and Eastern Africa regions”, acknowledging the country’s agricultural successes whilst remaining mindful of the challenges that still exist in the sector.
He drew attention to Africa’s largely untapped resources, and the continent’s “capacity to produce enough surplus food to feed the rest of the world”. His rallying cry to all African nations was to take up this challenge through public-private partnerships.
FARMAF held an international policy workshop from 14–15 April 2015 in Lusaka, Zambia. Over 100 participants shared best practices and discussed the development of sustainable farm risk management systems for African farmers, especially smallholder farmers.
Tools such as agricultural insurance and advanced marketing systems can help manage a range of farm risks, provide protection against severe negative shocks and optimise productivity. However, smallholders typically have limited access to these tools.
We have learnt with shock the sudden passing away of the President of the Republic of Zambia – Mr Michael Sata. On behalf of Team FARMAF we wish to express our sincere condolences to the Board, Management and Members of the Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) as they join the late President Sata's family and the entire nation of Zambia in mourning his death. It is our prayer that the people of Zambia will be comforted and also that the political transition will be peaceful.
President Michael Chilufya Sata became President of Zambia in September 2011 as leader of the ruling Patriotic Front. He died aged 77.
Blowing the seeds of innovationMany policy makers, business partners and researchers often think about innovations related to sustainable agriculture as the natural outcome of best practices and that scaling can be easily done once it becomes the responsibility of some manager or engineer. However, work done by researchers from Wageningen UR found that the scaling of innovations has tended to be an unpredictable, complex process, depending on the interactions between the 'DNA' of the innovation and the context within which it is taking place.
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Researchers of LEI Wageningen UR, Wageningen University and the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research have found that the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX) replaces social capital of traders. Their findings will be published in the December issue ofFood Policy.
The study by Gerdien Meijerink, Prof Erwin Bulte and Dawit Alemu explores whether the creation of the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX) and its formal monitoring and enforcement institutions has affected social capital and trust in the Ethiopian segment of the sesame value chain. Consistent with a simple theoretical marketing model, the panel data suggest this is indeed the case.