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Edible insects. The designations employed and the presentation of material in this information product do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) concerning the legal or development status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.

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The mention of specific companies or products of manufacturers, whether or not these have been patented, does not imply that these have been endorsed or recommended by FAO in preference to others of a similar nature that are not mentioned. Futures Centre. Insects to Feed the World: icipe’s lead in edible insect research in Africa. Insects hold huge potential to address food and nutritional security issues, with a global push to explore their use as food for humans and as feed for animals.

Insects to Feed the World: icipe’s lead in edible insect research in Africa

In May, 450 people from 45 countries came together in The Netherlands for Insects to Feed the World, the first major international conference on edible insects. The conference co-organisers, Wageningen University and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, this week published a highlights video, which captures the flavour of the discussions which took place during the week. Entomophagy (the practice of consuming insects) is common in Africa, Asia and South America, with more than 2 billion people world-wide reporting to have eaten some 2000 different insect species.

They are an important source of protein and offer a sustainable, ecologically-friendly way to feed a growing population and boost incomes by diversifying farming activities. Read more about the conference at: About Cchub. The Innovation Ecosystem (Co-creation Hub) CcHUB is Nigeria’s first open living lab and pre-incubation space designed to be a multi-functional, multi-purpose space where work to catalyze creative social tech ventures take place.

About Cchub

The HUB is a place for technologists, social entrepreneurs, government, tech companies, impact investors and hackers in and around Lagos to co-create new solutions to the many social problems in Nigeria. CcHub functions at the heart of Nigeria’s technology innovation ecosystem as a place to: facilitate creative thinking and collaborative problem solvingencourage technology innovation for improved social accountability in Nigeriaincubate novel tech ideas that promotes good governance/provision of public servicesencourage shared accountability between technologist & innovatorsserve as a living lab for prototyping and testing socially minded tech toolsbuild new skills and competenciesconnect, share, create and find expertise. Benin. Populated by 9.1 million inhabitants, Benin ranks 167th out of 187 countries on the 2011 UNDP Human Development Index (HDI).

Benin

The country’s economy rests primarily on agriculture, trade and the transit of goods through the Autonomous Port of Cotonou. Benin’s inhabitants are generally very young, which is a growing concern for both government and civil society actors. How Agribusiness Innovation Centers Contribute to Africa's Agribusiness Sector. As rapid urbanization will soon cause more than 50% of Africans to live in cities, the World Bank estimates that continent’s food market will be worth $1 trillion by 2030.

How Agribusiness Innovation Centers Contribute to Africa's Agribusiness Sector

Over the next decade, agribusiness in Africa could hence become the engine that drives dynamic, unprecedented economic growth and development. The entire agricultural system will need to adapt and respond to fundamental changes. Food processing will move from the home to organized factories and later sold in grocery stores. Africa needs a vibrant agribusiness industry, well oriented to produce efficiently and effectively, to meet the growing demand of an affluent consumer class.

Characteristics of African traditional beers brewed with sorghum malt: a review  GravityLight 2: Made in Africa. Hackathon for Gender Equality, London 2015. London – September 12 & 13, 2015 On Sept 25-27, the leaders of 193 countries will meet at the UN in New York to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals.

Hackathon for Gender Equality, London 2015

These “Global Goals” (name for public consumption) could from one of the most important agreements of our generation, align global efforts to promote people, planet and prosperity. This included ending extreme poverty, combating inequality, and addressing climate change. The global agreement presents a real opportunity for all of us around the world. We hope that by working together on these goals we can show what our different community can do together, while still reflecting the diverse interests of community members. Hackathon for Gender Equality- GOAL 5 Over 2 days, 2 teams of leading women technologists, idea-generators and technical experts will design and build digital products, tools and apps that can be used to improve gender equality on the continent.

*The hackers will be feeding back on Sunday 13th from 1.30pm – 4pm QEH FR. SALt - It's a Social Movement. Help Villagers in Benin Access Safe, Clean Water. Villagers in northern Benin are in dire need of clean, safe drinking water.

Help Villagers in Benin Access Safe, Clean Water

Families rely on water from streams and open wells that are easily contaminated, leading to the spread of water-borne disease which accounts for 19 percent of deaths annually. Children are especially susceptible. SELF is installing a new solar-powered water pump in Kalale and needs your help. $17,000 total goal $9,120 remaining 87 donors 0 monthly donors 6 months active Challenge. Entries. Stories of UNICEF Innovation. Summer camp & volunteer abroad program for high school teens to Africa - ALA's Global Scholars Program.

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