Seed trade success for Zambia’s Alice

Self Help AfricaNews, Zambia

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Mother of four Alice Banda grows cotton and maize on the small family farm where she lives in Eastern Zambia. Recently Alice has also become a groundnut seed producer. She is amongst 6,000 small-scale growers now supplying seed to a local firm who trade groundnut seed with farmers across Zambia and in a number of other Southern African countries.

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Our view: Progress for Africa

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The vital role that small-scale farming communities have to play in that continent’s future economic growth and development is important to acknowledge.

It is heartening therefore that this week’s report from the Africa Progress Panel (APP) should expressly focus on the role of small-scale farmers in the future of Africa.

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Progress for Africa

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Africa’s smallholder farmers have a vital role to play in the continent’s future economic growth and development, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said at the launch of the annual Africa Progress Panel (APP) Report, this week.

The 2014 report reinforces Self Help Africa’s belief that small-scale farming communities are the key to ending hunger and poverty in the region.

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Benin’s enterprising cashew farmers

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March marks the final month for West Africa’s cashew harvest and 2014 looks like being a very positive year for smallholder cashew growers in the region.

While the Benin harvest has been good, regional and global prices for cashew remain strong, which should lead to significant increases in incomes for farmers.

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Africa – A story of change & transformation

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‘Africa – A story of change & transformation’ is a new video that explains why Self Help Africa works in the way that it does.

It seeks to illustrate the enormous importance of agriculture to people in rural Sub-Saharan Africa, and how our work is supporting rural poor communities to grow more, earn more, and build better lives for their families.

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Multiplying the Effect

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Mother-of-four Metike Abebe has watched her community in Meki Batu, Ethiopia, transform over the past two decades.

After her husband passed away 14 years ago, Metike become a member of the Meki Batu farmer’s union, an initiative set up by Self Help Africa. Through the union, she received training and credit to purchase important agricultural inputs such as fertiliser and pesticide.

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Embassy Night marks 30th anniversary

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On Monday night (march 24th), the Irish Ambassador to London, Dan Mulhall, held a reception to mark 30 years of Self Help Africa. Before an invited audience of senior politicians, business leaders and young entrepreneurs, Mr Mulhall spoke of the close working relationship between Irish Aid and Self Help Africa.

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Shrewsbury Secret Supper

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Tuesday April 29th: Three fantastic restaurants, one unforgettable evening.

Food-lovers from Shropshire and beyond are invited to the first Shrewsbury Secret Supper on the 29th of April 2014.

Part of the 2014 Shrewsbury Food Festival, this special dining experience will take you to three secret restaurants where you will be treated to a fabulous starter, main course and dessert. The locations of the restaurants will not be revealed until the night!

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