July 2020

Pandemic likely to lead to a global shortage of protein-rich foods with African and Asia hardest hit

Download article as PDF A global shortage of protein-rich foods is expected this year due to COVID-19 and other factors, says a new report by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). The anticipated reduced availability of protein products is expected to result in decreased consumption worldwide, particularly among the poor, which could exacerbate health problems among children....

HarvestPlus in Uganda: 15 Years of Innovation to Improve Nutrition and Health

Download article as PDF Peter Omondi is a member of the Koro-Bobi Sweet Potato Association in Gulu, Northern Uganda. The members grow biofortified vitamin A orange sweet potato (OSP) for sale in local markets and outside the country.  Peter provides OSP vines to the group, and everyone grows sweet potatoes in their own gardens. Peter plays...

Africa is facing a food crisis due to covid-19. These seeds could help prevent it

Download article as PDF Seed demand is expected to outstrip supply by nearly twice in the coming seasons, based on expert opinions from seven African countries compiled by the AVISA research project. Sub-Saharan Africa is facing one of its biggest farming crises in living memory. COVID-19 is dealing a blow to farmers already struggling with floods,...

Reflecting on World Food Safety Day 2020

Download article as PDF This post was written by Lourdes Martinez Romero, Agricultural Economist, Division for Food Safety, Center for Nutrition, USAID Bureau for Resilience and Food Security. At the beginning of June, leading up to World Food Safety Day, Agrilinks published a series of posts highlighting the importance of safe, nutritious food systems. Thank you to...

Regulatory Flexibilities Bridge Gaps Between Seed Systems

Download article as PDF This post is written by Katrin Kuhlman and Bhramar Dey. Seed laws, regulations, and policies play a central role in food security and farmers’ access to quality seed of a range of crops. They define the institutional framework of the seed sector and enforcement of the rules, and they impact who produces,...

Agricultural Insurance for Smallholder Farmers: Digital Innovations for Scale

Download article as PDF The GSMA AgriTech Programme’s report, Agricultural Insurance for Smallholder Farmers, explores the challenges service providers face in scaling index insurance and the potential opportunities for growth through partnership-based approaches. We provide a summary of our findings below: Smallholder farmers are increasingly affected by financial shocks and natural forces beyond their control. This includes...

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