Jelana Vajen

Food Monitor Food Monitor 2017 Center for Development Research

Food Monitor is an early warning system that tracks global food price and supply risks which could potentially lead to food insecurity. 

The causes of food insecurity are complex and multi-dimensional. After decades of low agricultural commodity prices, the 2007/08 food price crisis witnessed extreme price spikes on global markets, which had devastating consequences for developing countries. Food Monitor was established to warn about global food price and supply risks at the early stages of development. We monitor key staple commodities and their extreme price movements on global food markets, fulfilling a crucial gap that is missing in other early warning systems.

We use a simple traffic light system for each of our four indicators to warn about the current levels of risk associated with global food prices and supply.

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Wuenscher, Tobias. 2017. Farmer Innovation Contest: Winners 2012-2015, Ghana. Center for Development Research.

This booklet presents the winners of four annual farmer innovation contests in Upper East Ghana, from 2012 to 2015. The contest was implemented together with local partners including the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), the non-governmental Navrongo-Bolgatanga Catholic Diocesan Development Office (NABOCADO), the research organizations Savanna Agricultural Research Institute (SARI) and Animal Research Institute (ARI) as well as farmer representatives. Overall, we received 314 eligible applications, of which 31 innovations were awarded. Four of the innovations were evaluated scientifically by SARI, after the farmers had been awarded. Three of the four innovations received supporting evidence for their effectiveness. All other innovations have not undergone scientific evaluation. The authors therefore cannot guarantee their effectiveness but invite readers to do further testing.
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Malabo Montpellier Panel.2018.Mechanized: Transforming Africas Agriculture Value Chains.Dakar.

The current report—Mechanized: Transforming Africa’s Agriculture Value Chains—summarizes the findings of a systematic analysis of what countries at the forefront of progress in mechanization have done right. It analyzes which policy decisions were taken and which interventions were implemented to substantially increase the uptake of mechanization. The report takes a broad perspective on mechanization, including technologies along the entire value chain and how they relate to agricultural development and job creation.
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Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Women in Agricultural Development, MOFA WIAD, Ghana and Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa, FARA 29.11.2017 BiomassWeb DDRD Project: Bamboo Agrolink, MOFA-DEAS, Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa, FARA Video

The video demonstrates the potential of bamboo leaves to be used as fodder for livestock in Ghana. Bamboo leaves are evergreen and are higher in nutrient contents particularly crude protein compared to the traditional livestock fodder such as grasses and tree leaves. The project was conducted as part of the BiomassWeb project (www.biomassweb.org).

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Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Women in Agricultural Development, MOFA WIAD, Ghana and Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa, FARA 29.11.2017 BiomassWeb DDRD Project: Mushroom in Gomoa, Ghana Agrolink, MOFA-DEAS Ghana and FARA Video

The video showcases the use of generated agricultural waste (cassava peels) as substrate for the cultivation of mushroom and through this improve on food insecurity, reduce poverty and minimize environmental degradation. The project was conducted as part of the BiomassWeb project (www.biomassweb.org).

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Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Women in Agricultural Development, MOFA WIAD, Ghana and Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa, FARA 29.11.2017 BiomassWeb DDRD Project: Plantain Flour in Sunyani Area, Ghana Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa, FARA Video

The video showcases ways to enhance the biomass value chain of plantain and reduce postharvest losses of plantain through the transfer of processing technologies of plantain composite flour for various traditional foods such as plantain fufu and value-added products for making of bakery products such as plantain chips, cakes, pies, bread, bofrot and doughnuts. The project was conducted as part fo the BiomassWeb project (www.biomassweb.org).

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