From the Fields and into Parliament: Why Agriculture must be a Political Matter

Only if governments and administrations set the right course will the best agricultural practices come to be widely used. Agricultural cooperatives, human rights activists, companies and consultants recognise the leverage of agricultural policy and dialogue.

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The future belongs to the rural area

By Ibrahim Mayaki

African Agriculture Facing Challenges of Entrepreneurship. We need to challenge the traditional sources of financing and investment in the agricultural sector and introduce alternative, innovative private sector financing methods

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The 'Grey Gold'

By Maria Schmidt

The Cashew Council is the first international organisation for a raw material stemming from Africa. The industry promises to make progress in processing and refining cashew nuts - and answers to climate change

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Human Rights, Land and Rural Development

By Michael Windfuhr

Land rights are no longer governed by the law of the strongest. That is what the international community has agreed to. Governments and private companies have a duty to respect human rights and avoid corruption.

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To a new partnership

By Horst Köhler

You could say that Europe and Africa are a community with a common destiny ... or simply: great partners. This is how former German President Horst Köhler looks at it and insists: Take advantage of opportunities!

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Land is Crucial for Development

By Roselyn Korleh and M. Sahr Nouwah

The Liberian town of Kinjor is a picture-book example for what happens, if land rights aren’t protected, and it illustrates how to move forward from there. The keyword: Multi-Actor Partnership

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Borderless food security

By Christine Wieck

Enabling smallholders to trade across regions and borders promotes food security and economic growth. Although everyone is calling for exactly that, implementation is still difficult

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“They said: You can do it”

By Bread for the World

As President of the IABM cooperative in Muhanga, Alphonsine Mukankusi is not simply focused on the figures. She has learned how to deal with people and how to take on responsibility. At the same time, her work helps her to come to terms with the past

 

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‘Farmers are also entrepreneurs’

Interview with Sara Boettiger and Lutz Goedde

How can agriculture produce more income in poor countries? To answer this question and provide advice to governments, companies and farmers' associations, McKinsey has set up a Centre for Agricultural Transformation with over two hundred agricultural experts worldwide

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No business without the State

By John Kufour and Joseph Okopu Gakpo

Agriculture is Africa’s big potential for economic growth. Many private businesses want to use it, but Ghana’s former President John Agyekum Kufuor says they will need a strong partner: the state

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Get inspired!

By Desiree Dietvorst

Agricultural advisory work focuses on private businesses and the state. And even though these have different focuses, they can learn from each other – and they should!

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Strength in Numbers

By Elizabeth Nsimadala

The East Africa Farmers Federation organizes 20 million farmers, lobbys for their interests, researches and pushes through legislation. What they lack in financial means they make up with their impressive number of members, says its Regional President Elizabeth Nsimadala.

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