More than 3 million people facing acute food insecurity as Burkina Faso grapples with COVID-19 and conflict
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UN/WorldFoodProgram, Aug 23 (Canadian-Media): Urgent and sustained action is needed to address worsening food and nutrition insecurity in Burkina Faso, say the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), citing alarming new data. Some 3.3 million people are estimated to be facing acute food insecurity during the current lean season, that period which precedes the harvest in September.
Workers offloading flour at a WFP warehouse in Kaya, north of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Image credit: WFP/Marwa Awad
The latest analysis by the Cadre Harmonisé indicates an increase in acute food insecurity of more than 50 percent since the situation in Burkina Faso was last assessed in March.Experts say the crisis has been exacerbated by the impact of COVID-19 on people’s ability to earn money to cover their daily needs in a country already reeling from conflict and climate change.
Two provinces in the Sahel region – Oudalan and Soum – have been driven into the Emergency phase of food insecurity, as defined by the Cadre Harmonisé. Some 3 percent of people in these northern areas are said to be experiencing catastrophic levels of acute food insecurity and facing extreme food consumption gaps, also resulting in alarming levels of acute malnutrition. Many of those worst affected have been displaced from their homes by fighting in the region.
“We’re seeing an alarming deterioration in food security across the worst-hit parts of the country,” said David Bulman, WFP Country Director and Representative in Burkina Faso. “We need to take immediate action to reverse this trend in the two provinces. It would be nothing short of a disaster were a whole generation to be crushed by conflict, displacement and hunger.”
“The COVID-19 pandemic is further exacerbating a crisis that was already deteriorating at a worrying pace, pushing more and more people into severe food crisis and acute food insecurity,” said Dauda Sau, FAO Representative in Burkina Faso. ”We can reverse this trend if we act now by supporting the Government to protect livelihoods, rapidly increase local food production and availability, and support rural populations to access food.”
Many of those most at risk are subsistence farmers and livestock herders. While urgent humanitarian life-and livelihood-saving assistance is needed to address immediate needs, so too is longer-term investment in rural livelihoods and social services which, say experts, can help reinforce social cohesion and contribute to peace.
FAO and WFP have been responding to the crisis in Burkina Faso by providing food assistance coupled with livelihood protection and support for displaced people and the host communities that receive them.
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Ottawa, Aug 14 (Canadian-Media): An interim arrangement reached between the governments of Canada and Taiwan facilitates Canadian organic producers to export their products to Taiwan, and Canadian families shopping for organic food will have more choices, Govt of Canada reports said.
Canada Organic Trade. Image credit: Twitter handle
On May 30, 2020 Canada and Taiwan signed letters recognizing the two national organic systems as equivalent. The recognitions apply to agricultural products of plant origin, and processed foods of plant origin, livestock and livestock products as well as aquaculture products grown or produced in each jurisdiction or whose final processing or packaging occurs within each jurisdiction.
Canadian certified organic products may be sold as organic in Taiwan, as long as the terms of the Taiwan's recognition letter are met.
For one year, the Canada-Taiwan Organic Equivalency Arrangement (CTOEA) means certain organic products may be sold as organic in Canada or Taiwan while the equivalency of the organic production and certification systems are finalized.
This arrangement promotes ongoing Government of Canada initiatives to eliminate trade barriers and increase consumer access to organic foods that meet Canadian organic standards.
The interim arrangement applies to agricultural and processed products of plant origin, livestock and livestock products as well as aquaculture products. This includes products grown or produced within either territory or whose final processing or packaging occurs within either territory.
The interim arrangement further facilitates the import and export of organic food products between Canada and Taiwan by reducing industry certification costs and administrative processes.
The organic food equivalency arrangement which came into effect May 30, 2020, will remain valid for one year or until the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is able to travel outside Canada to conduct an on-site assessment and finalize the equivalency determination.
#Alberta; #LethbridgeNorthernIrrigationDistrict; #IrrigationRehabilitationProgram
Alberta, Aug 5 (Canadian-Media): Almost $1.1 million has been granted to the Lethbridge Northern Irrigation District by Alberta government as part of the province’s $10-million Irrigation Rehabilitation Program, media reports said.
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This funding will ensure the improvement of province’s water infrastructure in the irrigation districts and agricultural operations, municipal use, recreation, wildlife and habitat enhancement.
“Irrigation infrastructure is critical to economic stability in southern Alberta. This grant will increase great-producing irrigated farmland by conserving water and increasing water efficiency through pipelines. We were elected to deliver on jobs, the economy and pipelines and this project supports all three,” said Devin Dreeshen, Alberta's Minister of Agriculture and Forestry in a new release.
Started in 1969, the Irrigation Rehabilitation Program provides cost-shared funds to rehabilitate irrigation infrastructure, with Alberta government contributing 75 percent of the cost while 25 percent of the cost is contributed by the district.
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British Columbia, Aug 1 (Canadian-Media): Ardill family is celebrating 100 years of ranching in British Columbia (B.C) in 2020 and would be receiving a Century Farm Award (CFA) for its contribution and dedication to B.C. agriculture, media reports said.
Ardill's Ranch. Image credit: Flickr
Agricultural organizations that have been active for a century or longer, as well as pioneers whose farms and ranches have been in families for 100 years or more, are honored with CFAs.
Each CFA celebrates the rich heritage of farming and ranching families and organizations in B.C.
Lana Popham, B.C.'s Minister of Agriculture said in a news release that the Ardill family has been an integral part of farming in the Peace region for multiple generations in B.C.'s rich history of agricultural industry and added,
“I’ve had the incredible pleasure of visiting the ranch, touring the land with Renee and Karen, and sharing a coffee with the family in their home. My heart was full after a day at the Ardill Ranch and I look forward to a day when I can visit again. I wish everyone at Ardill Ranch, and the members of the Ardill family the best and congratulations on 100 years of farming in B.C."
Lana Popham. Image credit: Twitter handle
Born in Ireland, Jack Ardill immigrated to Canada in 1909 at the age of 19 met his future wife, Betty, while in Holland as a prisoner of war.
The newlyweds, Jack and Betty, returned to Canada in 1919 moved to Edmonton where their first son, John, was born in February 1920.
In May 1920, a Homestead and Soldiers Grant for the ranch location in the Peace River District by Jack and Betty was filed and brought with them a team of horses, a cow and calf, some chickens, a plow, a mowing machine and rake, some furniture, a tent and a year’s grubstake, essential for homesteading.
With passing of time, the ranch boundaries grew and more parcels of land were accumulated. The cattle population also grew as more land was put under cultivation. During those busy days, Jack and Betty’s family also grew, welcoming their daughter Betty, and sons Richard (Dick) and Tom.
After 100 years, the ranch is still family-run and is almost entirely self-sufficient for gardening and food – both for home and for livestock.
Today, the area is home to about 400 head of commercial Hereford cattle, who spend their summers on the range and winters in the valley. Grain and hay silage form approximately 60 percent of the total feed supply, while the rest is put up as round bales.
As an important part of life on the ranch, horses, some of which were brought to the ranch from the Edmonton area, are still the main access to summer range, used for salt packing, range patrol, cattle work, rodeoing and pleasure riding.
A successful cow-calf operation, the ranch is a place where hard work and fun go hand in hand.
Proud to be part of the community, Ardill's Ranch participates in community events, such as high-school work-experience programs, forage tours, annual Hudson’s Hope preschool tours, rodeo and rodeo sponsorships, hockey sponsorships and Hudson’s Hope Fall Fair.