What we’ve been reading this week

This week’s summary of the news stories, reports, and blogs that have grabbed our attention. We welcome your thoughts and comments on these articles.

Africa Day 2016: focus on stories from Africa

The future of Benin will be shaped by its geography, The World Bank

Make farming a rewarding career for Africa’s youth, SciDevNet

Brexit may provide boost for African agriculture, The National

Tanzania orders drought-hit herders to leave national parks, Thomson Reuters Foundation

African Leaders Push for Increased Nutrition Investments, AllAfrica

Drought-tolerant maize improves yields in 13 countries, SciDevNet

The economics of reducing malnutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa, Global Panel

On this Africa Day, we need to talk about nutrition, Institute for Global Health Innovation

GIZ – Post-Harvest Losses of Rice in Nigeria and their Ecological Footprint, GIZ

Tea tree success launches women’s battle for cash in arid Kenya, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Alien plants turn East Africa into ‘green desert’, SciDevNet

How Tony Elumelu is helping Africa build the next generation of agric entrepreneurs, Mainstay Africa

 

Biotechnology

Royal Society calls for review of European GM ban, BBC News

Once again, U.S. expert panel says genetically engineered crops are safe to eat, Science

GMO safety debate is over, Alliance for Science

Report: Genetically altered food safe but not curing hunger, The Big Story

Genetically Engineered Crops Are Safe and Possibly Good for Climate Change, Scientific American

New report on GE crops avoids simple answers – and that’s the point, study members say, The Conversation

Are GMO crops safe? Focus on the plant, not the process, scientists say. The Washington Post

Climate

As global temperatures continue to rise, so will people, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Paris climate agreement cannot be met without emissions reduction target for agriculture, EurekAlert!

From rape to disasters, climate change a threat to women – funders, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Food, climate change and the city, The Climate Change Urban Food Initiative

Reducing emissions from agriculture to meet the 2°C target, Global Change Biology

Here’s how smart power could help the UK reach 100% renewable energy, The Conversation

Biodiversity 

Investing in safeguarding crop diversity for a food-secure future, Bioversity International

Greenhouse gas emissions from this surprising source could doom the Paris climate accord goal, The Washington Post

Bioversity International Annual Report 2015, Bioversity International

Saving Biodiversity By Integrating It Into All Spheres Of Society, Ecosystem Marketplace

World Humanitarian Summit

World’s first humanitarian summit: a ‘fig-leaf of good intentions’ that won’t help the poorest, The Conversation

Why is there a funding blind spot for disasters in fragile states? Thomson Reuters Foundation

What does the UN want to achieve from the first World Humanitarian Summit? The Conversation

Nutrition Surveillance Systems: their use and value, Save The Children

 

Other

Growing Food for Growing Cities: Opportunities and Challenges for Agtech in Emerging Markets, The Chicago Council

Can A Tiny Wasp Help Save The Citrus Industry? The Salt

Tackling food security with urban agriculture, Plantwise Blog

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