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April 2016
News in Agricultural Technology
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Engaging Guatemalan Youth in Agriculture

Partnering for Innovation is expanding its work in Guatemala through a new partnership with Mercy Corps that will empower youth farmers through savings and loan groups, formal discussions on agronomic and social topics, and video production.

Mercy Corps will work with horticultural exporter Fair Fruit and digital media agency Rana Labs to engage youth in agriculture, enabling them to invest in their own farms and also provide support and extension to other farmers in their community. By the end of the project, called AgriJoven, at least 1,500 youth will access savings and loan groups, engage in formal discussions, and produce videos that support extension services.

Learn more about this new partnership here!

Increasing Legume Seed Production in Zambia

In Zambia, the seed market is dominated by companies producing maize and soy seed, leaving the demand for legume seeds unmet. Stewards Globe, Zambia's largest supplier of legume seeds, is joining with Partnering for Innovation to increase its production of certified legume seeds through expansion of an outgrower scheme. By establishing a network of outgrowers, more than half of whom will be women, Stewards Globe will increase production to meet the country's demand, and will increase economic opportunities for its outgrowers. In addition, the company will conduct field days and set up demonstration plots to promote its brand.

Learn more about how Stewards Globe is working to meet Zambia's demand for legume seeds here!

Global Food Security Symposium Assembles Diverse Stakeholders

At this year's Chicago Council Global Food Security Symposium, held on April 26 in Washington DC, global stakeholders gathered to discuss how the diverse organizations can meet the challenge of feeding a growing population in a sustainable, profitable, and nutritious way. The event focused on the growing urban population and how rapid urbanization will influence the world's food systems. In addition to panels and keynote speakers, innovators from around the world presented products and services that can help bolster agricultural production, reduce postharvest loss, and get food to the people who need it.

Missed the event? View the day's presentations here!


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