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Bio Food Products Ltd in Kenya works with local farmers to produce a range of high-quality dairy products

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Wild turmeric turns a trade in Belize

In Toledo district, farmers are earning three times the going rate for their turmeric by supplying a local processing company to produce the world’s first ‘wildcrafted’ whole root turmeric paste.

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Rwandan farmers reduce losses with nutritious grains

A private processing company in Rwanda is working with thousands of farmers to train them in the production of fortified crops for processing into nutritious products. Their partnership is increasing profits for local smallholders as well as helping to combat Rwanda’s high levels of malnutrition.

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Going organic for chilli sauce in Zambia

Smallholder farmers across Zambia are supplying a local agri-processing company with organically-grown chilli and garlic to produce pesticide-free condiments for sale across the country, and southern Africa at large.

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A passion for porcine production

Accounting for 38% of worldwide meat production, pork is attracting a new generation of African entrepreneurs – bucking the continent’s traditional aversion to the meat.

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New horizons for Pacific aquaculture

In the Pacific, three seafood companies using sustainable fishery practices to conserve the health of marine ecosystems and contribute to the local economy have received international recognition for their novel business models.

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A liquid solution for enhancing crop production

In St Lucia, an organic seaweed-based fertiliser that enhances plant root development is increasing crop yields whilst removing the invasive Sargassum seaweed which impacts the country’s tourism and fishing industries.

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Providing clean fuel for cooking

In Kenya, a safe, convenient and affordable ethanol cooking fuel is reducing damage to the environment, and impact on human health. Accessed through local retailers via cloud-connected e-commerce kiosks, the fuel is used on modern ethanol cooking stoves costing half the price of traditional gas stoves.

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Fighting malnutrition in Mali

Farmers and processors in Mali are working together to produce Misola flour, designed to combat moderate and acute malnutrition in children and adults.

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Renewed maize grain revives Haitian agriculture

In Haiti, a renewed and improved maize seed variety provides seven times the yield of traditional varieties, helping to tackle food insecurity and malnutrition in the country. Farmers interested in working in the seed sector receive training in the production of the seed to ensure the genetic purity is maintained.

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Community-based farming

Smallholder farmers are receiving tailored training and financial advice from a social enterprise that guarantees them a good market price for their seed. Expanding to work with over 5,000 small-scale farmers, the company is training a cohort of extension workers to help farmers profit from the international seed industry.

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School meals: Farmers grow food for education

Thousands of farmers in Mozambique are supporting a drive to improve child nutrition and education by providing food for meals in 170 schools. The 80 farmers’ associations involved in the initiative receive seeds and training in crop management to produce nutritional fruits and vegetables.

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Pepper certification secures farmer incomes in Cameroon

A geographical indication label for a unique variety of pepper in Cameroon is improving the incomes of local farmers and ensuring the long-term future of the product. Recognition of the pepper’s quality and economic importance means it is one of only three African commodities with such a label.

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Fast-cooking yam couscous

Benin-based food company, Fenou Foods, has invented Wassa-Wassa Tchigan – a tasty, nutritious, pre-cooked, dried yam couscous that has slashed preparation time from half a day to just 15 minutes.

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Wine makes profits go bananas

A glut of bananas during peak season in southwest Uganda led to plummeting prices and massive wastage due to poor post-harvest management. Elizabeth Nsimadala, publicity secretary of both the Tigebwa Rural Producer Organisation and Nyabubare Area Cooperative Enterprise, explains how the two organisations developed an innovative solution to the problem. This enterprising agricultural cooperative has embarked on banana wine production, helping members to process, bottle and market surplus produce – with substantial benefits to farmers.

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Improving agronomic and business skills for sesame

In Tanzania, sesame farmers are receiving training in the agronomic and business skills they need to sell better quality produce at a higher price. Mobile phones are also being used as learning tools to deliver timely and convenient information to smallholders.

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Premium cashew nuts from Benin

Launched in northern Benin in 2010, Tolaro Global could become the top West African business exporting entirely African-produced roasted and seasoned cashews.

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A cost-effective approach to improving nutrition

Fast-cooking beans are saving time and money for low income families in Kenya and Uganda, whilst providing essential nutrients to improve household diets. Their superior qualities in terms of taste and micronutrient level have made them popular among consumers, indicating a profitable market for bean farmers.

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High-quality seed yam production

Seed yams are being mass produced by scientists in a rapid and affordable process, which avoids using soil and transferring disease. A project in Ghana and Nigeria is using aeroponics to address the inefficiency of traditional seed yam production and increase yields of the staple crop.

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Fruit fly control in Kenya

A protein-based fruit fly bait to attract and kill the pests, is boosting incomes for fruit and vegetable farmers in Kenya. Tested in fields across Africa, the product is helping to overcome yield losses and costs 70% less than other commercially available products.

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Strengthening links with the private sector

Smallholder farmers in Ghana are building mutually beneficial business relationships with the private sector to enhance their access to high-end markets and increase productivity with the adoption of modern agricultural technology.

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Breaking down barriers to premium vanilla

A social enterprise is linking smallholder farmers in Tanzania to the international vanilla market to develop the organic farming sector, and realise sustainable livelihoods. The farmers receive vine cutting subsidies and training in agricultural practises to enhance their capacity and production.

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Strengthening the weak link

Development of the cold chain in ACP countries is necessary if they are to meet the Sustainable Development Goal of reducing food waste. Poor access to cold chains impacts food and nutrition security, while also hampering agricultural development and the emergence of an efficient agri-food sector.

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Nutrient rich fish and poultry feed

Researchers in Eastern Africa have identified insect species suitable for use in fish and poultry feed which are nutritionally superior to fishmeal. Using accessible techniques, insects can be sustainably mass reared, providing a unique opportunity for the economic empowerment of youth and women.

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Lab cultured potato seeds

Jamaica is investing in in vitro propagation of Irish potato seeds in an effort to reduce imports and increase local farming production. The lab cultured seeds prevent spreading of disease and are hoped to boost production enough to not only achieve self-sufficiency, but also increase exports to European markets.

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Cashing in on cassava

A cassava processing technology is turning peels into nutrient rich animal feed products and creating new markets in Nigeria’s livestock industry. Two local organisations have partnered up and are utilising the technology to reduce animal feed costs and provide long-term employment for women.

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An entrepreneurial approach to dairy transformation

The Tadu Dairy Cooperative business model supports traditional women dairy farmers in Cameroon, and provides not only milk but processed dairy products. Increased milk production has not only helped to reduce imports of dairy products but has led to the establishment of many new shops selling feed for cattle.

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A boost to knowledge and income

Scaling up farmer field school programmes in Burundi and Malawi has improved household income, climate resilience and environmental protection. A novel teaching approach is providing farmers with new skills in crop cultivation, fish farming and livestock rearing to develop productive, nutritional systems.

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The need to invest in nutrition

A critical guide for policymakers on taking action and investing in delivering healthy and quality diets reveals that poor food currently affects half of the global population. The Foresight report takes a closer look at food systems of the 21st century and whether they are fit for the future.

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A hands-on online marketplace

Wasix.net is a real-time trading platform for seed growers, distributors and buyers across West Africa. The first online platform to make seed quantity and location information available to smallholders, Wasix also hopes to encourage farmers to share their knowledge and experiences for increased productivity.

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Pesticide alternatives

Pilot farms in Mauritius are producing healthy vegetables by reducing the use of pesticides. The ultimate aim is to reduce and control the use of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and insecticides in local crop production.

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Timor Leste - better yielding crops

Eighteen new seed varieties developed in Timor Leste are thriving despite tough local conditions. Tried and tested by Timorese farmers, the quality seeds are contributing to higher yields and production rates than traditional varieties, and reducing the nation’s import requirements and hungry season.

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Maya nut: The life-saving tree

French NGO, Biomimicry Europa, selected the Maya nut as the ‘life-saving tree’ for its reforestation programme in Haiti in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake.

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Attracting young people to farming

Across sub-Saharan Africa, free or affordably-leased government land is enabling young people to take up agricultural production. With no time limit or formal contract, the National Employment Programme for improving access to cultivable land has seen an increase in youth engagement and household income.

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Arla Dairy: Setting up in West Africa

The fifth largest dairy in the world is setting up in Nigeria and Senegal. Arla Foods, a Danish company, intends to increase its revenue in the region fivefold by 2020. What impact will this have on local producers and consumers?

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Vaccination against Newcastle disease

In October 2015, a chick was inoculated with the first dose of AVIVAC i2 in Fana, a village in southern Mali. The AVIVAC i2 vaccine is revolutionary in preventing Newcastle disease, a huge problem faced by the Malian poultry sector.

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Improving yields year-round

In sub-Saharan Africa, potatoes are an important staple. New and improved varieties– Asante (‘thank you’ in Swahili), Shangii and Obama - the result of a research project led by the International Potato Centre (CIP), are enabling smallholders to plant potatoes year-round and significantly increasing yields.

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Reducing reliance on imports

Although the 15 Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) countries consume over 11 million kg of goat and sheep meat annually, only about 30% is produced locally. Sustainable breeding techniques, strengthening value chains and appropriate livestock policies are all necessary to increase the Caribbean ruminant sector.

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Food fortification against hidden hunger

Food fortification, the process of adding essential vitamins and minerals to staple foods, is a safe, effective way to improve public health and combat hidden hunger in ACP countries. An international summit in Tanzania has reinvigorated interest, awareness and investment in food fortification for preventing malnutrition.

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Booming tilapia production in Kwanza Sul

Ensuring that good quality food is available to the Angolan population is one of the major challenges undertaken by Luanda’s government. And aquaculture is an obvious ‘tool’ for this task.

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Food production: ‘Shocks’ set to rise

Agricultural production supply chains will need to be more resilient in ACP countries to cope with increasing climate-related global “shocks” predicted over the next 25 years, according to an independent report.

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Progress on East Coast Fever and PPR

A less deadly parasite could offer cost-effective protection against East Coast Fever (ECF) in cattle, while global efforts are mounting to eradicate Peste des petits ruminants (PPR).

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An eco-friendly and healthy kiln

The FTT kiln is more energy efficient, has a greater fish processing capacity, improves food quality and reduces health hazards. These qualities have contributed to its wide adoption by small-scale processors.

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The power of 3-D mapping

Rural communities in Suriname have created a three dimensional map of their territory to be in a better position to negotiate benefit sharing of environmental services.

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Successful knowledge sharing

With support of a research and training partnership, a Madagascan research institute has developed upland rice varieties adapted to the Hautes Terres of Madagascar

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From the nursery to the cup

Cameroon’s export coffee sector has had trouble taking off. But stakeholders who believe in its future are readily integrating into the value chain - right to the consumer’s cup.

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