Striga (witchweed) is a parasitic weed that seriously constrains the productivity of staples such as maize, sorghum, millet and upland...
African Biotechnology Stakeholders Forum (ABSF)
ABSF is a not-for-profit, non-political and non sectarian providing a platform for sharing, debating and understanding all issues pertaining to biotechnology in agriculture, health, industry and environment. ABSF represents all stakeholders in biotechnology in Africa currently with individual members in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, South Africa, Ghana and Nigeria; small and medium sized enterprises involved in research, development, testing and commercialisation of biotechnology forums in Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda and Ghana.
Originally known as SIUPA, the initiative is now known as Urban Harvest.Urban Harvest – works to contribute to the food security of poor urban families, and to increase the value of agricultural production in urban and peri-urban areas, whilst ensuring the sustainable management of the urban environment.
Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (MESHA)
Mesha is an association of science journalists and communicators. It offers support to science reporters covering agriculture, the environment, health and development. Their aim is to encourage networking, training, meetings and workshops among science reporters and communicators in Kenya.
Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA), of the UN
MA is an international work program designed to meet the needs of decision makers and the public for scientific information concerning the consequences of ecosystem change for human well being and options for responding to those changes. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan launched the MA in June 2001 and it will help to meet assessment needs of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Convention to Combat Desertification, the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, and the Convention on Migratory Species, as well as needs of other users in the private sector and civil society.
Global Information Services for Seed Professionals
Southern African Development Community (SADC):
The SADC is an organisation of 14 African countries formed to promote economic development and self-reliance through cooperative efforts. It is located in Botswana.
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)
SIDA is a government agency that reports to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. SIDA is responsible for most of Sweden’s contributions to international development cooperation. The goal of SIDAs work is to improve the standard of living of poor people and, in the long term, to eradicate poverty. Sida is also responsible for cooperation with countries in Central and Eastern Europe.
Swiss Centre for International Agriculture (ZIL)
ZIL is an association based at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich established in 1993. ZIL's mission is to initiate, support, and coordinate collaborative research by its members and partners that will enable resource-poor farmers in low-income countries to achieve sustainable improvements of their livelihoods.
SYNGENTA is a world-leading agribusiness committed to sustainable agriculture through innovative research and technology. The company is a leader in crop protection, and ranks third in the high-value commercial seeds market.
Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture
The Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture aims to increase opportunities and choice for poor rural communities in semi-arid areas to improve their livelihoods through sustainable innovation in agriculture.
Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA)
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
This is one of the best sources of information about agricultural and food security issues. IFPRI is now associated with the CGIAR agricultural research system.
Meridian Institute's Food Security and Ag-Biotech News
The Food Security and Ag-Biotech News provides summaries of the most pertinent news stories, journal articles, and reports on biotechnology, biosafety, agricultural research and development, intellectual property rights, technology transfer, liability and redress, genetic resources, trade, and economic development.
United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID)
This is the lead department of the UK government efforts to provide assistance to developing countries.
United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD)
At UNCED, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity was signed by 154 member countries. The main objectives of the convention were to conserve biological species, genetic resources, habitats and ecosystems; to ensure the sustainable use of biological materials; and to guarantee the fair and equitable sharing of benefits derived from genetic resources.
United Nations Convention To Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
UNCCD is presented as a carrying pillar in the global combat against land degradation and food insecurity.
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
UNDP is the UN's global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life.We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of partners.
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
UNEP started working with forward-looking organisations in the financial services sector at the beginning of the decade. Since its creation in 1972, UNEP had always had a mandate to encourage economic growth compatible with protection of the environment. But this element of UNEP’s role was considerably enhanced by the Earth Summit of world leaders who met in Rio in 1992 and placed great emphasis on promoting development that did not compromise the quality of life of future generations.
United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
The FAO is involved in programs that encourage food security in developing nations. It also works with other agencies and governments to provide emergency food aid to distressed countries. FAO site contains a broad range of studies and other information about agriculture and food security issues.
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate change (UNFCCC)
UNFCCC is an international environmental treaty aimed at reducing emissions of greenhouse gas, pursuant to its supporters' belief in the global warming hypothesis. The treaty as originally framed set no mandatory limits on greenhouse gas emissions for individual nations and contained no enforcement provisions; it is therefore considered legally non-binding. Rather, the treaty included provisions for updates (called "protocols") that would set mandatory emission limits.
United Nations Habitat
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-HABITAT, is the United Nations agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all.
United nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service: Links and Listservs
The Links and Listservs section of the website serves as a gateway to other sources of information on the Millennium Development Goals. This gateway has two main components: listservs and links.
United Nations Scientific, Educational and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)
UNESCO fosters peace, common welfare and harmony between peoples by multiplying and reinforcing educational, scientific and cultural relations, pursuing two closely linked objectives: development which, beyond the simple demands of material progress, must also respond to a full range of human aspirations without jeopardising the heritage of future generations; and establishment of a Culture of Peace, based on education for responsible citizenship and full participation in democratic processes.
United States Agency For International Development (USAID)
USAID has been the principal U.S. agency to extend assistance to countries recovering from disaster, trying to escape poverty, and engaging in democratic reforms.
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
This is the principle agency of the UDS Government providing financial aid and assistance to developing countries.
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
USDA remains committed to helping America's farmers and ranchers. USDA helps ensure open markets for U.S. agricultural products and provides food aid to needy people overseas.
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
The mission of the EPA is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.
Virtual Academy for the Semi-Arid Tropics (VASAT)
The coalition aims to mobilise communities and intermediaries of the dry tropics by sharing information, knowledge and skills related to climate literacy, drought preparedness, and best practices in dryland agriculture and other relevant issues. We do this through the innovative interface of ICTs and distance learning.
Wellcome Trust is an independent research-funding charity that aims to improve human and animal health. it supports 'blue skies' research and applied clinical research. It also encourages the exploitation of research findings for medical benefit.
West Africa Rice Development Association (WARDA)
WARDA is an autonomous intergovernmental research association of African member states. WARDA is also one of the 15 international agricultural research Centers supported by the CGIAR. WARDA’s mission is to contribute to poverty alleviation and food security in Africa, through research, development and partnership activities aimed at increasing the productivity and profitability of the rice sector in ways that ensure the sustainability of the farming environment.
Winrock International is a nonprofit organisation that works with people around the world to increase economic opportunity, sustain natural resources, and protect the environment.Winrock matches innovative approaches in agriculture, natural resources management, clean energy, and leadership development with the unique needs of its partners.
World Agricultural Information Centre Portal (FAO WAICENT)
FAO established the World Agricultural Information Centre (WAICENT) as a corporate framework for agricultural information management and dissemination. This is a strategic effort to fight hunger with information.The WAICENT framework integrates and harmonises standards, tools and procedures for the efficient and effective management and dissemination of high-quality technical information, including relevant and reliable statistics, texts, maps, and multimedia resources.
World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)
Our mission is to contribute to food security and poverty eradication through research promoting sustainable agricultural development based on the environmentally sound management of natural resources. This mission will be achieved through research leadership, partnership, capacity building and policy dialogue.
The World Bank Group’s mission is to fight poverty and improve the living standards of people in the developing world. It is a development Bank which provides loans, policy advice, technical assistance and knowledge sharing services to low and middle income countries to reduce poverty.
World Health Organization (WHO)
The World Health Organization is the United Nations specialised agency for health. It was established on 7 April 1948. WHO's objective, as set out in its Constitution, is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. Health is defined in WHO's Constitution as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) Collection of Laws for Electronic Access (CLEA)
The Collection of Laws for Electronic Access (CLEA) database provides access to intellectual property legislation from a wide range of countries and regions as well as to treaties on intellectual property.
World Organization for Agriculture (WOAgri)
World Organization for Agriculture is a French initiative that brings together agricultural professional bodies and various figures from outside agricultural : NGO representatives, members of government institutions, scientists, experts, politicians, company executives – with the objective of creating a different world agriculture, both innovative and warrant of the preservation of cultural traditions.
World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD)
UN convened a WSSD in Johannesburg, South Africa in September 2002. The Summit offers a major opportunity to develop understanding of issues, and have a mature debate on practical ways to achieve progress. The issues are: Poor countries require access to resources, technology, markets to develop and good governance systems. Rich countries will need to show real commitment to changing unsustainable patterns of consumption and production and moving towards far greater efficiency in resource use. Civil society and private sector action is central to these needs, and means to integrate it, into what was once a government-heavy agenda, are sorely needed.
World Trade Organisation (WTO)
WTO is the only global international organisation dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world’s trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. The goal is to help producers of goods and services, exporters, and importers conduct their business.
WorldFish Center (ICLARM)
The WorldFish Center is an autonomous, nonprofit organisation, and was established as an international center in 1977. In 1992, the WorldFish Center became a research center of the CGIAR. It is a unique international research center involved in research on fisheries and other living aquatic resources.
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Banana bacterial wilt disease threatens production of banana in the Great Lakes region, leading to a 50% decline in household incomes from banana...
Drought is the most important constraint of African agriculture severely affecting maize, the most important African staple food crop. The WEMA...
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