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Fixing Africa’s Land Ownership Issues

Poor land governance systems are one of the biggest challenges to African development, but the problem is not insurmountable. Makhtar Diop, the World Bank Group’s vice president for Africa, discusses ways to improve them.
Many countries around the world have grappled with the challenge of landlessness and inequality of land ownership. However, in Africa, which is home to 202 million hectares or half the world’s total holdings of useable uncultivated fertile land, that problem is accentuated by extremely low agricultural productivity, high rates of unemployment and inequality.   

The United States and India Help Improve African Agriculture

Press Release, USAID  - Tuesday, July 30, 2013

By Meeta Parti

The United States and India launched today the second India-U.S.-Africa triangular agricultural training program supported by the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative Feed the Future. This partnership aims to improve agricultural productivity and support market institutions in Kenya, Liberia, and Malawi.

Computer Model Gives Early Warning of Crop Failure

By Joel Winston, 24 July 2013 -

An international team of researchers has developed a computer model to predict global crop failures several months before harvest.

Since 2008, widespread drought in crop-exporting regions has resulted in large increases in food prices on global commodity markets. With climatic extremes also expected to become more common, being able to predict global crop failures could help developing nations that are reliant on food imports - making them more resilient to spikes in food prices.

U.S. Can Invest in Africa On Bipartisan Basis

President Barack Obama's recent visit to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania was written off as a "guilt trip" by some and a "last chance" to salvage an Africa policy legacy by others.
In fact, the initiatives that he introduced during the trip have the potential to be as transformative, if not more so, than those developed by his predecessors, presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
True, there was frustration on the continent and in some U.S. policy circles that Obama did not pay more attention to the continent during his first term, frustration which I shared. His 2009 visit to only one country, Ghana, for less than 24 hours diminished expectations and conveyed a sense of detachment.

Three Biotechnology Scientists Awarded 2013 World Food Prize

Washington, D.C. – Three distinguished scientists — Marc Van Montagu of Belgium, and Mary-Dell Chilton and Robert T. Fraley of the United States — were today named the winners of the 2013 World Food Prize during a ceremony at the U.S. State Department, where Secretary of State John Kerry delivered the keynote address. Mr. John Ruan III, Chairman of the World Food Prize, also participated in the ceremony.
“Hunger is a trap that prevents people from realizing their God-given potential,” Secretary Kerry said. “Food drives life. And the struggle for food is a struggle for life. This makes hunger an economic issue, a national security issue – and without a doubt a moral issue. Through innovation, we can help alleviate hunger and malnutrition today – but more than that, we can help fulfill our responsibility to tomorrow.”
In announcing the names of the 2013 Laureates, Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn, President of the World Food Prize, emphasized the impact and potential of their work.