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FARADataInforms Updates: Digital tools help Africa mitigate climate disasters

Satellite imagery is helping African countries predict and mitigate extreme weather events and natural disasters such as floods, storms and famine. Extreme weather events are increasing on the continent, with droughts proving the deadliest, followed by floods, according to the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters. From 2000-2019, 46,000 people were killed and ... Read more

African Union-European Union cooperation on Science, Technology and Innovation

On September 12th 2018, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, gave his State of the Union Address to the European Parliament. During the speech, he referred to Africa as Europe’s “twin continent” and declared: “We (African Union and European Commission) agreed that reciprocal commitments are the way forward. We want to build a new ... Read more

GlobE – Research for the global food supply: A Pan-African Conference

From 2013 to 2018, the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) has supported six German-African Research consortia under the GlobE (<<Securing the Global Food Supply – GlobE>>) program. The aim is to promote the development of sustainable agriculture in African countries to secure a stable food supply for the local population and to ... Read more

Yacouba Sawadogo: “the man who stopped the desert”

Mr. Yacouba Sawadogo from Burkina Faso is one of this year’s winners of the Right Livelihood Award. He was selected as a laureate for his efforts to reverse desertification using an ancient farming technique known as “zai” – pits dug in hardened soil that concentrate water and nutrients, allowing trees and crops to withstand drought. ... Read more

Policy brief: The new wave of contract farming in Ghana and the role of contract design in facilitating sustainable out grower schemes

A policy brief on the important issue of contract farming in Africa has just been published by Adu-Gyamfi Poku: The new wave of contract farming in Ghana and the role of contract design in facilitating sustainable out grower schemes. The Policy Brief highlights the role of contract design in facilitating sustainable contract farming arrangements between ... Read more

BiomassNet – Profile of the month

Interviewer: Arthur Guischet – BiomassNet Team Interviewee: Raymond Jatta Raymond Jatta, Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), Accra, Ghana Dr. Raymond Jatta is an Economist who hails from the smiling coast of Africa, The Gambia.  He started off working at ActionAid International, The Gambia as Programme Coordinator, moved to the EU-Gambia Cooperation as Programme ... Read more