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New Livestock and Fish project focuses on chickens in Africa

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This week, chick geneticists and researchers are meeting in Addis Ababa to set out plans and deliverables for the African Chicken Genetic Gains project. ACGG is a research-for-development partnership project working in Ethiopia, Nigeria and Tanzania.

It aims to develop public-private partnerships that will contribute improve chicken productivity to benefit smallholders. The project will test and disseminate improved breeds of chickens likely to suit the needs of farmers in low-input systems.

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Water for food security and nutrition

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 Jim Holmes/IWMIVillager tending her vegetable garden in Ban Phoumaneng, Lao PDR. Photo: Jim Holmes/IWMI

Launched on May 15, a landmark report by the High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) for the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) argues that access to water is a vital aspect of ensuring improved food security and nutrition. Moving beyond the scope of looking at the role of water not only for agriculture but also sanitation, the report calls for an integrated approach at higher levels of policy implementation and governance to ensure that the poorest and most marginalized communities have equitable access to the inputs and resources that they need to improve their lives and livelihoods.

In her blog post on the Guardian’s Global development blog, Professor Lyla Mehta, report team leader, and professorial fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, writes that, “There is no doubt that land, food and water issues are linked. The barriers to joined-up national and global policies do not derive from a lack of technology or resources. Rather they are rooted in the absence of human rights, and the failure to recognise that water and food are intertwined.”

The press release highlights that effective policy interventions should therefore:

  • Understand that water plays a role in every aspect of life, from consumption to production
  • Prioritize the rights and interests of the most marginalized and vulnerable groups, with a particular focus on women
  • Acknowledge the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation as well as the right to food as globally recognized rights.

HLPEreportVisit the HLPE website to view the full report. 

Note: The authors on the HLPE project team include Claudia Ringler (the International Food Policy Research Institute) and Theib Oweis (International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas), flagship co-leaders of the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) and Barbara Schreiner, Board Member of the International Water Management Institute (WLE’s lead Center).

Related resources:

Press release: HLPE report argues water is integral to food security and nutrition

Report: Water for food security and nutrition, a report by the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition

Blog post: Without ensuring universal access to water, there can be no food security

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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