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The government of Senegal has reiterated its commitment to supporting local poultry producers by indentifying ways of improving their sector for enhanced output and maximum gains from their trade.
The assurance comes amid concerns among chicken and other poultry producers in Senegal over reports of a possible plan to open the market to poultry import from the United States.
In a bid to reduce the high unemployment rate in Cote d’Ivoire, authorities are exploring the creation of job opportunities that will attract the youths to enable government tackle the socio-economic challenges facing the country.
Billed “green jobs”, the initiative will cover garbage collection and its industrial processing as well as reforestation, among other employment opportunities that will ensure sustainable development and environmental protection.
A cross-section of stakeholders are attending the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) 2012 that is focusing on promoting investment and policy support for driving agricultural productivity and income growth for African farmers in an environmentally sustainable way.
Convening from 26 to 28 September in Arusha, Tanzania, the forum is a private sector –led initiative intended to discuss and develop concrete investment plans for achieving the green revolution in Africa.
---ECA boss on years of neglect
Africa’s development partners have not delivered on their commitment to significantly increase support to agriculture on the continent, the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Abdoulie Janneh has said.
Amid a steep decline in biodiversity in Africa, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) have said the decline reflects a degradation of the natural systems upon which Africa’s current and future prosperity depends.
The head of an agricultural research institute in Senegal has said the country has no need to be facing food insecurity and relying on rice from abroad to feed its population.
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is warning that a locust invasion, previously controlled by the late Gaddafi government and Algeria, is threatening croplands in Niger and Mali.
The debate over the pros and cons of Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) seeds continues.
In Ghana, some Farmers have expressed their dislike the use of GMO seeds.
Gaborone, Botswana –President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia has called on participants to use the Summit for Sustainability in Africa to promote the sustainable use of natural capital worldwide.
The head of the United Nations Humanitarian Coordination office, Valerie Amos has warned that hunger could lead to a humanitarian catastrophe in the Sahel region of West Africa.
Some 18 million people are said to be facing serious food crisis in this region, with Niger being the worst hit.