Better Farming on Their Own Land: How Rural Communities in Cambodia Overcome COVID-19 Restrictions and Sustain Incomes

 
 

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  • In Cambodia, the Land Allocation for Social and Economic Development (LASED) projects secured about 16,000 hectares of land for landless and small landholder families across five provinces.
  • Over 5,000 households have received direct benefits, including land titles.
  • The projects will phase out by ensuring the sustainability of achievements and improving family incomes.

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Prevent the next food crisis now

 

Firms and workers continue to be deeply impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic as it enters its dominic_chavez_ifc_rwanda_2019 eleventh month. Building on insights from COVID-19 Business Pulse Surveys, the first blog post in this series described the implications of the crisis for firm sales, employment, and financial performance, while the second discussed record levels of uncertainty and firms’ coping strategies, including adoption of digital technology. This third and final part of the series focuses on public policy responses.

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Prevent the next food crisis now

 
 

The toxic cocktail of climate change, conflict, and COVID-19 is making itself felt most intensely 20200520_indonesia_covid19_15_1in the world’s poorest and most vulnerable countries.  As a result, a record 235 million people worldwide will need humanitarian assistance and protection in 2021 – an increase of 40% from last year.

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COVID-19 has put food out of reach for many. Can technology create a more sustainable food system?

The short answer is yes. De-concentration, de-centralization and data are building blocks of a more sustainable food system post-COVID-19. Explore how in this in-depth analysis.

Free masks: A new initiative in the Central African Republic has seen the production of more than two million masks in just two months, looking to generate more than 1.6 million workdays and inject about $17 million into the local economy.

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World Bank Announces $500 Million to Fight Locusts, Preserve Food Security and Protect Livelihoods

Emergency Financing for Locust Affected Countries will help people recover from losses

WASHINGTON, May 21, 2020 — The World Bank Group approved today a US$500 million program to help countries in Africa and the Middle East fight the locust swarms that are threatening the food security and livelihoods of millions of people.

The Emergency Locust Response Program (ELRP), approved today by the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors, will focus on providing immediate assistance to help poor and vulnerable farmers, herders, and rural households overcome one of the worst locust upsurges in decades. ELRP will provide immediate support to affected households through targeted social safety nets like cash transfers, while investing in the medium-term recovery of agriculture and livestock production systems and rural livelihoods in affected countries.

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It’s time we invest in healthy food systems for a safer world

The World Bank Group last week announced it would make available a package of $12 Meta-chicken-COVID-corornavirusbillion — an unprecedented level of financing to help developing countries and businesses cope with the health and economic impacts caused by COVID-19. Much of that support will naturally be reactive, financing immediate measures designed to strengthen our response to a brand-new threat. But some of the financing will also be preventative — as it should be, if we are to learn our lessons from the past and strengthen our collective hand before the next bug hits.

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eC2: SRL-IFC Advisory-Sierra Leone Agricultural Initiative

Deadline: 23-Mar-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) Florinda

The objective of this assignment is to improve the livelihoods of at least 150 households through improved agriculture (technical and commercial) and household practices (i.e. use of assets, family budgeting, nutrition, gender equity, etc.) and develop access to improved technical know-how by building capacity of 40 lead farmers that will share knowledge of improved technical practices with their peers.

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The rising cost of nutritious food in South Asia

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That’s why improving nutrition, especially in the early stages of life, is critical.

The path toward better nutrition includes adequate maternal and child care, access to better sanitation facilities, health services, and naturally, nutritious foods.

But whether an individual consumes—or not—nutritious food is contingent upon a myriad of factors, ranging from the availability of certain foods, how convenient they can be turned into meals, or simply, if they meet consumers’ tastes.

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The Goods, the Bad, and the Ugly: Data and the food system

The business of agriculture and food is driven by data, making it the treasure trove of shutterstock_77103460today’s agri-food system. Whether it’s today’s soil moisture, tomorrow’s weather forecast, or the price of rice in Riyadh, every bit of data can improve the efficiency with which the world’s 570 million farmers put food into the mouths of its soon-to-be eight billion consumers. Digital technologies are facilitating the flow of data through the food system, shrinking information asymmetries and fashioning new markets along the way. How can we ensure these new markets are appropriately contested, and the treasure does not end up in the hands of a couple of gunslingers? Is there a public sector’s role in generating and disseminating data that on the one hand encourages innovation and competition and on the other reduces opportunities for market capture? One place to look may be at the crossroads of internet and public goods.

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The Safe Food Imperative: Accelerating Progress in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

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  • Unsafe food costs low- and middle-income economies US$ 110 billion in lost productivity and medical expenses each year.
  • Preventative measures—including greater investment, better regulatory frameworks and measures that promote behavior change—can help countries avoid food safety problems
  • An inclusive approach to food safety management that makes food safety a shared responsibility among government, farmers, food businesses and consumers will be most effective

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