Radio programme: Effects of climate change on smallholder farmers and how they can adapt and mitigate against

As part of the YenKasa Africa radio initiative, we are thrilled to share this week’s feature, which delves into the vital topic of “Effects of climate change on smallholder farmers and how they can adapt and mitigate against” Read our feature to discover valuable insights and expert advice, and then listen to the recorded programme on the YenKasa Africa website in Kenya’s local language, Swahili. Don’t miss this opportunity to

Agroecology in fragile contexts in sub-Saharan Africa

Emerging evidence shows how agroecology, as a holistic approach, can improve the resilience of food systems and strengthen communities’ livelihoods towards food security. To what extent can this compelling approach offer responses before, during and after multiple types of crises? This online event is addressed towards humanitarian and development actors aiming to explore opportunities and limitations of inspiring agroecological best practice cases in fragile contexts. Date: 12 JUNE Time: 11:00

Special feature: International Day of Potato 2024 – Harvesting diversity, feeding hope

The International Day of the Potato 2024, May 30, is celebrated under the theme “Harvesting diversity, feeding hope,” bringing together innovation, resilience, and hope across Africa. YenKasa Africa celebrates this day by showcasing various potato stories, highlighting the continent’s diverse efforts to improve agriculture and food security. Potatoes are a key crop across diverse farming systems globally. As the third most consumed food crop globally, they contribute to the food

Planting trees in their own backyard

When Eva Abiba walks out her front door, there’s a tree planted in front of her house. Eva’s house is not unique in Shelanyili, where she lives, but it is unique compared to many communities in Ghana. Typically when afforestation projects are undertaken in Ghana, they involve large, dense plantations of trees next to farms or rural communities. But in Shelanyili, a small village in the Karaga District of the Northern Region,

Special feature: World Bee Day 2024 - Bee engaged with youth

World Bee Day 2024 celebrates the vital role of youth in beekeeping and pollinator conservation under the theme “Bee Engaged with Youth.” This year’s theme underscores the importance of global cooperation to safeguard food security and sovereignty, preserve rural and urban livelihoods, combat biodiversity loss, and foster a sense of unity and shared responsibility in our global community. Uniting young individuals worldwide to protect these essential species is crucial to

ANAP- Algeria:  An effort to professionalize beekeeping

The National Association of Professional Beekeepers (ANAP) has taken the initiative to professionalize the beekeeping sector in Algeria. It focuses on the genetic improvement of local bee populations and their adaptation to climate change. The aim is to increase bees’ resilience to growing environmental challenges, improve the quality of beekeeping products, and ensure that local bees can adapt to ongoing climate change. With the support of the FO4ACP Program, ANAP

Young people hold the key to Africa’s green economy

Globally, over 73 million young people are unemployed, with the issue most pronounced in rural areas of developing countries, particularly Africa. Annually, while 12 million youths enter the labour market, only 3 million jobs are created. As of 2020, one in five young people in Africa were neither working, studying, nor training. Producing nutritious food is increasingly difficult amid challenges like climate change, environmental degradation, and rising populations. The International

From city to soil: Young graduates seek a better life in rural areas

While the global unemployment rate is declining, this hasn’t benefited everyone. Youth unemployment continues to be much higher than the rate for adults, with some 73 million young people all over the world struggling to find work and make a living. In cities worldwide, many university graduates are either jobless or do not earn enough to survive in an urban setting. This is why some young people are leaving the city and moving to

FAO hosts technical seminar on RCS and inclusive innovation approaches for family farming

In a bid to propel the role of communication for family farming into the spotlight, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is set to host the technical seminar Rural Communication Services (RCS) and Inclusive Innovation Approaches for Family Farming on 29 April 2024 at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy. This seminar comes as part of the ongoing implementation of the United Nations Decade of Family Farming 2019-28 (UNDFF), a global

Farmer Field Schools take on El Niño induced drought in Zimbabwe

The ACP-MEAs 3 project brings hope to the farmers in Zimbabwe, who are facing the challenges of climate change head-on and are determined to adapt to these challenges using nature-based solutions. In a region where about 70 per cent of the population depends on agriculture, the frequency of El Niño occurrences in Southern Africa surpasses the norm, resulting in erratic weather patterns that significantly impact food security. With the return