Smallholder farmers are the fundament of our food system. In most regions, they provide for over 70 percent of the food that is being consumed. And like any other entrepreneur, they need access to finance to grow their business. But while the global community heavily relies on them to ensure future food security for a growing population, investors are reluctant to provide the necessary investments.
Hivos strongly condemns the violent break-in at the Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF) offices on 22 May 2016, during which the guard on duty was beaten to death. Attacks against human rights organizations in Uganda are increasing and particularly seem to target those that defend the rights of socially and economically excluded people. Hivos is deeply concerned about the impact of these systematic attacks and calls for an impartial investigation.
East Africa’s creative industries can massively contribute to their economies and promote freedom of expression if given ‘a little push in the right direction’ according to Hivos East Africa’s new report on the East African creative economy.