What We’re Following 02/15/10

Feb 15th, 2010 | By | Category: Food for Thought

Land conflict in Liberia–What’s a woman in Liberia to do when she’s kicked off her land by a returning male family member?  When a representative from the Catholic Peace and Justice Commission educates villages on new Liberian laws, which grant land rights to women, an almost 4-year old family dispute is resolved.  Shown through multimedia on jinamoore.com.

Hunger looms as biofuels take root in Uganda–Ugandan farmers are seeing the effects of growing food for fuel.  Jatropha, a plant with non-edible seeds that are made into biofuels has become popular in various parts of the country.  Because farmers see more potential for profit with biofuel crops many have stopped or reduced food crop production in favor of growing this tree.  Geofrey Kamese, the program officer for energy and climate change at the National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE), a local NGO, believes that biofuel production will more likely increase food shortages and promote poverty.  And while biofuel promoters and experts disagree on the subject, food security of the country is the main focus for organizations like the World Food Program—whose Ugandan representatives caution against unstructured policy for growing biofuels.

Nigeria annually spends $700 million to import rice from Thailand according to www.africa-agriculture.com. Prasit Damrongshitama, CEO of Chareon Pokphand reported that Nigeria imports one million tons of rice from Thailand every year.  As “good economic growth and friendly investment climate” bolstered a decision to look into more investment opportunities, his company is now looking to grow rice and maize in Nigeria.  So far agricultural entrepreneurs in Nigeria have been open to the Thai company’s plan and expect positive changes as a result.

ARP Staff

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