Improving the resilience of vulnerable communities to economic and climatic variations.
It is a truism that there is more information available today, to more people, in more places than has ever been available in the history of our planet. This information base grows daily. The challenge for many of us dedicated to addressing development challenges is less about the amount of information and more about getting the right information, and ensuring that such information is accessible to all.
Currently, maize production supports the livelihoods of approximately 300 million people in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Climate change variability and the prevalence of extreme events, especially droughts, are a harsh reality for smallholder farmers in Africa who depend on rainfed agriculture.
Food Security was discussed during Agriculture and Rural Development Days in the past. This year, we will be looking more closely at linkages and trade-offs surrounding agricultural intensification.
The majority of women in developing countries rely on agriculture, gender should be a major consideration in agricultural development for the rural poor.