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Nonprofits put power in community hands

By Emma Beyer DES MOINES, Iowa — Non governmental organization booths populated the floor outside of session rooms at the Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium. The NGOs varied in approach, but shared similar beliefs: empowering African communities, spreading the word about their … Continue reading

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Poor nutrition risk on the rise in urban areas

By Megan Tyminski DES MOINES, Iowa — In the effort to obtain food security, the nutritional value of a daily meal is often overlooked. “Food systems really need to move from feeding people to nourishing people,” Sandy Thomas, director of … Continue reading

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Kleckner Award goes to activist, leader in GM farming and biotechnologies

By Elizabeth Loutfi DES MOINES, Iowa — South African farmer and 2017 Kleckner Award recipient Motlatsi Musi sees his accolade as a hammer. “I am going to destroy the padlocks binding GMO regulation in South Africa,” he said. “It’s over-regulated … Continue reading

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Collaboration aims to cut African poverty in half

By Elizabeth Loutfi DES MOINES, Iowa — Alone, countries can spend decades — maybe more — fighting hunger and malnutrition.  “We are stronger in groups,” said Nachilala Nkombo, interim Africa executive director for the ONE Campaign. “Strong collaborations across different sectors … Continue reading

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Technology brings more nutritious foods to Africa

By Elizabeth Loutfi and Emma Beyer DES MOINES, Iowa — New technology has exploded onto the agricultural scene, and it’s never been more affordable for smallholder farms. Technology should be seen as a weapon that fights poverty while improving nutrition, … Continue reading

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Conflict and climate change key issues in hunger

By Eleanor C. Hasenbeck DES MOINES, Iowa — In Africa’s growing cities, demand for more diverse and nutritious food is expected to triple within the next 20 years. Yet in Africa’s rural areas, which are home to some of the … Continue reading

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Armyworm invasion crosses borders

By Emma Beyer DES MOINES, Iowa — The fall armyworm is African nuclear bomb, said 2017 World Food Prize Laureate, Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina. Without proper control methods, the fall armyworm could lead to maize yield losses of $2.5 to $6.2 billion a … Continue reading

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