Category: Africa – Eastern

Women in a maize field. Photo: ICRAF

The gender imperative in food security

When it comes to putting food on tables across Africa, women do the majority of the work. But all too often women are left on the sidelines of projects and programs that are meant to improve food security....

Hon. Dr Allan Chiyembezkeza, Minister of Agriculture, Malawi, opened the conference. Photo by Daisy Ouya/ICRAF

Beating Famine Conference seeks a bold vision for Southern Africa

More than 400 participants from 38 countries are gathered in Malawi’s capital Lilongwe on the opening day of the Beating Famine Southern Africa conference, a four-day event that is tackling the region’s widespread crisis of land degradation. “What...

Mrs Zabeta Elisa tends to her groundnuts growing under farmer-regenerated trees in Kwendaguwo village in Malawi. Photo by D. Ouya/ICRAF

Beating Famine conference tackles food insecurity in Southern Africa

Large tracts of Southern Africa are in the grips of a land degradation crisis that has shaken the foundations of food security in the region. The situation is precarious, but not insurmountable. By widely adopting low-cost and sustainable...

Waterberry (Syzygium cuminii), a nutritious indigenous tree fruit. Photo by Katja Kehlenbeck/ICRAF

Avoiding hunger gaps with fruit tree portfolios in Kenya

Growing just six fruit tree species on farms in Machakos, Kenya could supply vitamin-rich fruits to farming families for the whole year. Many farming households in Eastern Kenya suffer from ‘hunger periods’, when food is very scarce, and...

Aisha Karanja and Wanjira Mathai of the Green Belt Movement plant a tree at the ICRAF Campus, 4 March, 2015. Photo by D. Odhiambo/ICRAF

Empower Women for a Sustainable Africa: 2015 Africa Environment Day/ Wangari Maathai Day

“You do not need a diploma to plant a tree.” This was Professor Wangari Maathai’s smart response to people who were questioning her decision to train illiterate rural women on how to grow and nurture trees. To celebrate...