Newsletter #12
Focus on Food and Nutritional Security



AIRCA welcomes new Chair

The publication of this 12th edition of the AIRCA newsletter is a timely moment to update you on some staff changes within AIRCA. In their September virtual meeting, AIRCA DGs said goodbye to two true AIRCA pioneers: David Molden of ICIMOD and Trevor Nicholls of CABI. Both have retired recently from their respective positions. Read more
ICIMOD: HKH post COVID-19 resilient recovery plans must consider mountain realities As governments around the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region reel from the shocks of the COVID-19 pandemic immediate, medium- and long-term responses must be inclusive of mountain realities to be truly effective and meaningful. Read more
WorldVeg: Helping ‘local favourites’ join the race for healthier diets ‘Traditional’ vegetables are crops that are grown in their region of origin or were introduced many generations ago. They are generally sturdier and more nutritious than vegetables traded globally, but tend to be under-utilised. Read more
icipe: New arsenals for fall armyworm control The international centre of insect physiology and ecology (icipe) has developed a range of biopesticides, providing farmers in Africa with effective and environmentally safe alternatives for the management of the invasive and highly destructive fall armyworm. Read more
IFDC: Dr. André Bationo Wins Africa Food Prize Dr. André Bationo, SAPEP chief of party, has been awarded the 2020 Africa Food Prize, which recognizes “outstanding individuals and institutions that are leading the effort to change the reality of farming in Africa from a struggle to survive to a business that thrives.” Read more
ICIMOD: Food and livelihood insecurity during a pandemic As the services sector is bound to face a long and hard journey to a revival, the agro sector will be all the more important. The Covid-19 pandemic is causing widespread economic hardship and anxiety. Read more
CABI: Digital approach to plant health leads the way through COVID-19 pandemic for smallholder farmer A more digital approach to managing plant health is leading the way for smallholder farmers grappling with the combined threat of COVID-19 and crop pests which can severely impact upon livelihoods and food security globally. Read more


Other news from AIRCA members

»CABI: Afghanistan’s ability to trade internationally to be boosted by an enhanced Sanitary and Phytosanitary system
»ICBA: Helping smallholders cope with soil salinity in sub-Saharan Africa
»CABI: CABI supports first release in Switzerland of natural enemy for the brown marmorated stink bug
»IFDC: Fertilizer application: Timing matters
»WorldVeg: WorldVeg seed kits benefit Benin
»icipe: Prof Baldwyn Torto - Nan-Yao Su Award for Innovation and Creativity in Entomology
»WorldVeg: Growing at home for health
»WorldVeg: Lower prices, less nutritious food: How COVID-19 is changing the livelihoods and diets of vegetable producers in India
»CABI: Stepping up the fight against devastating potato diseases in Kenya
»ICIMOD: Renewed support for SERVIR Hindu Kush Himalaya regional hub
»IFDC: EPA and USDA announce competition to advance agricultural sustainability in the United States
»CABI: CABI BioProtection Portal now available in Spain
»IFDC: Transforming the use of fertilizer data in Kenya


Header photo credit: CABI
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