Reaping the Power of Partnerships for Mainstreaming HIV/AIDS Issues in Sub-Saharan Africa Agriculture and Rural Development

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2006-10
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PCF4 // Agriculture is the major source of livelihood for more than 80% of rural population in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Typically, most of the rural communities have poor access to information, agricultural inputs, health and education services. Consequently, poverty, and HIV/AIDS are predominant and undermining development. As regards HIV/AIDS, over 2.3 million Africans died as a result of the pandemic or related diseases in 2004. It is estimated that, over 25 million people in SSA are presently living with the virus. // Efforts to combat the spread and socio-economic consequences of HIV/AIDS have, until recently been spearheaded mainly by the health sector. For example, most governments in the region responded by improving access to anti-retroviral drugs, without considering the availability of food and nutritional status of beneficiaries. Given the role agriculture plays in rural livelihoods, mainstreaming HIV/AIDS issues in agricultural research and development provides greater opportunities for mitigating the spread and socio-economic effects of the pandemic in SSA. // This paper highlights the role, opportunities and challenges for international agricultural research and development institutions for mainstreaming HIV/AIDS issues in agriculture. Also, it illustrates how a network of strategic partners was formed to develop and promote actions to mitigate the effects of HIV/AIDS in SSA. // Paper ID 216

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