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Decoding

To impact food security, investors must understand farmers’ resilience to climate change

Ellie Turner 60 Decibels
Agriculture Afrique
In recent years, unprecedented shocks - climate change, Covid-19 and supply chain disruptions - have changed the trajectory of progress on global food security. Acute food insecurity increased by 33 percent from 2021 to 2022. Smallholder farmers will be critical to resolving this food crisis, yet they are among the most vulnerable to climate shocks. Building climate resilience has emerged as a top priority for investors working in smallholder agriculture, but demonstrating impact on resilience has remained a challenge.
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Decoding

Tapping into the private sector for food system transformation

Janvier K. Litse World Food Programme
Divya Mehra World Food Programme
Varya Meruzhanyan World Food Programme
Sécurité alimentaire
To attain SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), sustainable food systems – including small-scale farming, agri-SMEs, and local food processing – will require structured development. This necessitates private engagement (bringing innovation and efficiency) and responsible private finance. To enable this, development partners and the UN need to support governments to establish a conducive environment.
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Interview

Towards food security in Yemen: HSA Group in concert with the UN, DFIs and international NGOs

Nabil Hayel Saeed Anam HSA Group - Yemen
SP&D - Sanaa
Against a background of conflict and widespread food insecurity in Yemen, the country’s HSA Group continues to work in partnership with UN agencies, DFIs and international NGOs. HSA Group’s work with Proparco demonstrates the positive effect of public-private partnerships in bringing affordable essential products and services, as well as humanitarian and social development to a crisis-stricken country.
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Decoding

Proparco’s Trade Finance Programme: a concrete solution to supply challenges

Emmanuel Haye Proparco
Valentine Le Clainche Proparco
Margaux Chevrier Proparco
Port de Douala
Financing international trade through the banking system is essential to facilitating trade between countries. While this type of financing is readily available in developed economies, certain Southern countries are experiencing chronic shortages. On the African continent, for example, the supply of essential goods, especially cereals, represents a specific challenge and is particularly dependent on trade flows (intercontinental as well as internal to Africa) which need to be facilitated to safeguard the Continent’s food security. This is exactly what Proparco’s Trade Finance guarantee programme aims to do.
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Column

Food systems to nourish the fastest-growing population

Ibrahim Assane Mayaki African Union
Champs agriculture
Nourishing the world’s fastest-growing population worldwide will involve transforming its food systems to enable food supply. Expanding Africa’s food basket will serve both nutrition and resilience objectives in support of the human development needed to realize the potential of the African continent and its young population.
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