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Support the Development of Modern Business Cooperatives for Small Farmers - TCP/VIE/3702








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    Agrinvest Zimbabwe: Supporting Jobs for Youth through Private Investment in Agricultural Value Chains - TCP/ZIM/3702 2022
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    The bedrock of Zimbabwe’s economy is its agricultural sector, which also employs around 70 percent of the population Zimbabwe is a youthful country, with approximately 67 7 percent of the total population under the age of 35 Considering the high unemployment levels, in particular of youth, the Government of Zimbabwe places the development of the country’s agrifood system at the heart of any strategy aiming to deliver employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for young people in both rural and urban areas Development finance institutions ( and donors are increasingly aware that in order to achieve the SDGs, the amount of Official Development Assistance ( provided is well below the total funding needed To fill this financial gap, DFIs and donors have started to use ( ODA funds, to create blended financial instruments, which incentivize the mobilization of private investment in agriculture Investment opportunities exist along the value chains however, the promotion of sustainable private investment in priority agrifood sectors, as well as inputs and services sectors associated with them, need to embrace a two pronged approach This involves i providing support for developing bankable investment projects that can contribute to a higher competitiveness of priority agrifood subsectors and ii) supporting innovative approaches to reduce the main risk elements in creating an enabling environment associated with these investments Against this background, the project aimed to implement the AgrInvest concept (a blended FAO finance initiative that uses public funding to attract sustainable private investments in the agrifood sector), to facilitate improvements in the enabling environment by tackling the risks associated with agricultural investment, such as inconsistent and unpredictable agricultural and/or subsector policies, or the existence of legislative, regulatory or other institutional bottlenecks.
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    Nutrition-sensitive Farmer Field Schools in Kenya’s Kalobeyei settlement
    Strengthening the capacity of refugees and host communities to produce, process and consume nutritious food in Turkana County
    2020
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    Agriculture is the main livelihood for the majority of Kenyans, contributing 26 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In rural areas, more than 70 percent of informal employment comes from agriculture. However, in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs), recurring droughts and erratic weather patterns have resulted in low productivity, food shortages and price increases, presenting significant roadblocks to nutrition. Despite progress in recent years, one in every four children under five years old (26 percent of children) in Kenya is impacted by chronic malnutrition, while acute child malnutrition rates remain high in the ASALs. Displacement and conflict have further exacerbated malnutrition and food insecurity. Kenya is host to 494 585 refugees and asylum seekers, mainly from South Sudan and Somalia. Among those, 186 000 live in Turkana County, for the most part divided between Kakuma refugee camp and Kalobeyei settlement. Interventions focusing solely on increasing agricultural production have not necessarily translated to improved nutrition or diet. Against that backdrop, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has promoted nutrition-sensitive Farmer Field Schools (FFS) providing community-facilitated training sessions on crop production and livestock, with additional one‑month nutrition modules on producing, processing, preserving and culinary preparation of foods with a high-nutrient content.
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    Drought & Agriculture. Infographic
    An infographic poster on Agriculture and Drought for the International Seminar on Drought and Agriculture, 19 June 2017, FAO HQ Rome.
    2017
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    There is no shortage of knowledge, technologies, resources and good practices for addressing drought, agricultural and rural development and water shortage. Coping with these issues in a global framework and global approach have to help us to avoid famines. Promoting and supporting partnerships to harness the knowledge and experience of stakeholders and enabling targeted actions for drought response, agricultural production and sustainable use of water in agriculture is the way forward, thereb y addressing the challenges for agricultural production and livelihoods posed by climate change. Drought, a devastating natural hazard, affects a significant proportion of the global population, particularly those living in semi-arid and arid regions. The consequences for agricultural communities can be stark, often reversing gains in food security and poverty, hampering efforts to reach SDG1 and 2. Drought can also exacerbate social tensions and fuel civil unrest. Despite the known impacts of drought and the growing availability of technological and policy innovations to lessen them, drought management and planning is too often overlooked until a crisis unfolds. This reactive, crisis-led, response gives rise to a fragmented policy and project space where interventions are sectorally isolated, and drought mitigation strategies under-perform. In recent months, the world has watched drought unfold in many parts of Africa, devastating the livelihoods of farmers across the continent and , in Somalia, raising the spectre of famine. In the context of this region-wide, cross-country drought and with the prospect of many millions of people suffering, improving how we manage drought has never been more prescient.

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