Next in line: Gete Kerala (left) waits to lodge credit-union savings at her local co-operative. Photograph: Gorta-Self Help Africa

Loans to women are used for everything from setting up beauty salons and cafes to buying fertiliser

Farmer: Shemgie Kulbla, who produces wheat seed. Photograph: Hugh Chaloner/Gorta-Self Help Africa

Thirty years after a terrible famine in Ethiopia, parts of the country are thriving, others need ongoing aid to fight food poverty(...)

Teagasc members at the launch of the Economic Returns to Formal Agricultural Education report at the National Botanic Gardens.(L-R) Tony Pettit,  Prof Cathal O’Donoghue,  Prof Gerry Boyle,  and Dr Kevin Heanue. Photograph: John T Ohle

Family farm income per hectare is 50 per cent higher for agriculturally educated farmers

Dom Moran, secretary general of the Department of Agriculture with Minister Simon Coveney and Gerry Boyle, director of Teagasc, at the National Dairy Conference.  Photograph: John T Ohle

Atmosphere in dairy industry ‘like the night before Christmas’

Dr Mary Flynn, the Food Safety Authority’s chief specialist in public health nutrition, says it’s not completely our own fault if we overeat. She says we are surrounded by treats and unhealthy foods, everywhere we look. Photograph: Thinkstock

Describing overeating as an addiction makes people feel they have no control over it

Kieran Rumley: “Brands that sound like they are produced in Ireland using, for example, Irish family names  . . .  are causing confusion to Irish shoppers.” Photograph: Frank Miller

More than one in 10 say they would not buy food and drink products from Israel

Inishbofin, Co Galway, one of nine islands affected by termination of funding to community development companies offices. Photograph: Frank Miller

Training programmes and childcare services under threat

Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney has moved to reassure the public that there is a plan in place for combatting bird flu. Above, a  digger is used to dump eggs and chickens  at a poultry farm where a highly contagious strain of bird flu was found by Dutch authorities. Photograph: Marco De Swart/Reuters

Minister for Agriculture says contingency plans are in place should an outbreak occur

Uzo Abuda receiving the “Spirit of Africa” award at a charity gala in New York this weekend.

Uzo Abuda, who plays Crazy Eyes in Orange is the New Black, says Gorta-Self Help Africa transforming country

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