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  • The Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) recently held the AgriFuture Days 2014, a Conference organized by the Club of Ossiach, in collaboration with the GFAR Secretariat. Participants spoke openly about the many threats that family farming is facing. Among them: income is declining, children are reluctant to take on the family farms, there are difficulties in participating in markets, climate changes and severe weather variations, land and water related issues, etc.

  • Adjohoun is taking a direct hit from climate’s weapon of mass destruction (WMD); to borrow from the United States’ Secretary of State, John Kerry, whom on February 17, 2014, told a Jakarta audience that: “[C]limate change can now be considered another weapon of mass destruction perhaps the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.”

  • As negotiations wind down on the 2015 Global Climate Change Agreement aimed at limiting global warming to 2ºC, how African countries want agriculture to be reflected in the final agreements is a concern for some stakeholders. 

  • More than ever, farmers, and female farmers in particular, need access to relevant agricultural information to help them cope with change to meet the nutrition and food security needs of their families and communities. It is also important that farmers have a stronger voice in directing future agricultural research and policies so they are more demand-driven.
  • More than 500 delegates from public and private organizations from Africa, the Caribbean, the Pacific and beyond will gather in Nairobi from July 14-18, 2014 to exchange ideas on new thinking around innovative tools for agri-value chain finance, a new legal and regulatory framework for agri-value chain finance, and cross-cutting issues in agri-value chain finance.

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