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AGRA and The MasterCard Foundation to Partner in Support of Farmers and SMEs in Ghana, Kenya, and Tanzania

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US$15.5 million programme aims to reduce food insecurity and increase incomes for 730,000 smallholder farmers by 2018
 
The Nairobi-based Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa and The MasterCard Foundation today announced a new US$15.5 million programme designed to improve the productivity and incomes of almost 730,000 smallholder farmers in Ghana, Kenya, and Tanzania. The programme will accelerate AGRA’s effort to improve markets, soils, and access to high-yield crop varieties for the smallholder farmers, particularly women.
 
“We welcome this new initiative because it will enable us to deal with the critical challenges facing farmers in accessing finance to buy inputs, invest in post-harvest technologies, and access storage facilities for their crops to help uplift them from poverty,” said Dr. Agnes Kalibata, President of AGRA. “The project will promote access to financial services for smallholders through financial institutions and agriculture value chain actors, especially agro-dealers, aggregators, warehouse operators and farmer based organizations.”
 

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PCD Receives Grand Challenges Explorations Grant for Groundbreaking Research in Global Health and Development

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Imperial College London’s Partnership for Child Development (PCD) has been recently awarded by Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Through the initiative PCD will pursue an innovative global health and development research project, titled, ‘Using Mobile Phones for Transparent School Feeding Tendering’. 
 
The project will develop a software platform, which uses everyday items such as mobile phones, to improve market information within Kenya’s Home Grown School Meals programme – a government-led intervention which procures food used in school meals locally from smallholder farmers. This and other similar programmes are commonly referred to as HGSF, which have been described as a ‘win-win’ for both children and farmers alike; with well-fed children more likely to attend and stay in school and farmers more secured of a livelihood. 

Read more: PCD Receives Grand Challenges Explorations Grant for Groundbreaking Research in Global Health and Development

   

School-Based Deworming: A Clear Role for the European Commission

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Schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminths (STH) are two neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) that particularly affect school-age children’s health, education and future productivity. Over 400 million school-age children are infected by these diseases and hundreds of millions more are vulnerable to them. Periodic drug treatment for children in schools – known as school-based deworming – represents a highly strategic and cost-effective approach to tackling STH and schistosomiasis. Integrated programmes that deliver deworming, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), health education and other key interventions which can lead to even greater long-term impact.

Progress So Far
The signing of the London Declaration on NTDs in 2012​ generated strong momentum at the global level to tackle NTDs, including schistosomiasis and STH. As a result of the London Declaration, a number of powerful partnerships (involving national governments, official donors, philanthropic foundations, the private sector and civil society) have been formed, leading to increased investment, including greater drug donations on the part of the pharmaceutical industry.
 

Read more: School-Based Deworming: A Clear Role for the European Commission

   

Unilever partners with WFP to tackle hunger in Kenya

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Unilever said in a statement that its brands Royco is donating 600,000 school meals in Kenya and rallying people to pledge their support for building a world with zero hunger.

“Royco’s partnership with the WFP is an initiative that will help us give children access to nutritious food and the potential for a healthier life,” said Marc Engel, Unilever CEO for East Africa & Emerging Markets.

The meals will be delivered through WFP’s “Home Grown School Meals Programme” aimed at improving the lives of families, communities and farmers.

Read more: Unilever partners with WFP to tackle hunger in Kenya

   

Osun Rice Stakeholders Urged to Participate in Strategic Grains Reserve Project

To further food security within Nigeria's Osun State School Feeding and Health Programme (O-MEALS) through increased rice production, rice stakeholders and farmers in Osun State have been asked to participate in Nigeria's Strategic Grain Reserve (SGR) initiative.

Mrs. Olubunmi Ayoola, the Director and State Operation Officer for Osun Elementary School Feeding and Health Programme – O-MEALS, made the request during a stakeholder meeting organized by the O-MEALS Office in collaboration with Imperial College Lonodn's Partnership for Child Development (PCD).

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