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Guest blog by Opportunity International In the July-August 2010 issue of World Finance magazine, Deborah Foy of Opportunity International UK discusses how Opportunity’s agricultural finance program in sub-Saharan Africa is empowering smallholder farmers with microfinance solutions like savings, insurance and loans. “With 65 percent of the sub-Saharan African labor force employed in agriculture, according to the World Bank, the importance of the sector to the economy is clear. Agriculture provides 32 percent of gross domestic product in the region. Opportunity International works in countries where the percentage of the labor force involved in agriculture is high. In Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2010 at Hunger-Undernutrition Blog
Guest blog by Emily Riemer, Opportunity International “Opportunity International’s microloans and savings accounts are enabling a legion of [smallholder] farmers across Africa to obtain the better seeds and fertilizer vital to producing harvests big enough to feed their families and perhaps yield a surplus for added income,” says Roger Thurow, author of Enough: Why the World’s Poor Starve in an Age of Plenty and Senior Fellow on Global Agriculture and Food Policy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Thurow is highlighting both the opportunity and the challenge: 65% of sub-Saharan Africa works in the agricultural sector, but the industry... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2010 at Hunger-Undernutrition Blog
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