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Disasters cost farmers in developing countries billions of dollars

Between 2005 and 2015, natural disasters cost agricultural sectors of developing countries $96bn in damage or lost crop and livestock production, according to FAO's new report...

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Kenya launches pan-African skills development programme in agriculture sector

The two-year programme, targeting mid-level professionals working in the agriculture sector across sub-Saharan Africa, seeks to strengthen the capacity of Africa's young professionals to revolutionise agriculture value chains grappling with skills gap and low technology uptake...

13 Mar 2018

$70m boost for small-scale tobacco farmers

"The RBZ has increased the Tobacco Finance Facility from $28m to $70m for the 2018 planting season in an effort to ensure the inputs get to the farmer at affordable prices."

By Elita Chikwati 9 Mar 2018

Weather patterns putting strain on food security in southern and eastern Africa

Inadequate and erratic rainfall poses a growing threat to food security in southern Africa as well as in eastern Africa, where many rural households have suffered from four consecutive drought-affected agricultural seasons.

6 Mar 2018

Plant breeding lessons for Africa

ACB has shared a new report, A review of participatory plant breeding and lessons for African seed and food sovereignty movements, which considers the role of smallholder farmers in plant breeding activities in partnership with formal public sector breeders...

5 Mar 2018

Africa needs to explore opportunities across the food chain to create enough jobs for youth

Countries need to promote a rural and structural transformation that fosters synergies between farm and non-farm activities and that reinforces the linkages between rural areas and cities - including processing, packaging, transportation, distribution, marketing and service provision...

26 Feb 2018

Science, politics and the quest to secure Africa's sustainable food future

Political experts have continued to raise pointed questions about the continent's food future pertaining to production processes, trade flows, sources of finance and, crucially, science and sustainability...

By Adam Sneyd 23 Feb 2018

Beyond profit: How innovation is helping Africa's agri-industry feed the world

For Africa's agricultural sector to reach its potential and meet the food needs of a growing global population, improvements in four key areas need to be achieved...

By Paul McKane 22 Feb 2018

Interest grows in smart farms

The internet of things could breathe new life into SA's agriculture sector. Like their global peers, SA technology companies are trialling different IoT applications...

By Nick Hedley 20 Feb 2018

Fighting FAW: Guide to help Africa tackle Fall armyworm head-on

FAO has launched a comprehensive guide on the integrated pest management of Fall armyworm (FAW) on maize to help farmers, particularly smallholder farmers, in Africa faced with the relentless spread of the pest...

19 Feb 2018

Concerted campaign helps women in Kenya's flower industry get a better deal

Women form an estimated 75% of workers at production level in Kenya and have seen some positive improvements in their employment conditions and rights over the years. But it hasn't been an easy journey...

By Lara Bianchi 16 Feb 2018

More Farmer Field Schools: Ongoing agricultural education needed to meet challenges

Demand across the world for Farmer Field Schools are increasing due to their ability to help smallholder farmers cope with complex challenges...

15 Feb 2018

Green business is good business: A sustainable approach to growing flowers in Kenya

Oserian Development Corporation has come up with a raft of measures aimed at maintaining production over a long period of time without compromising on natural systems or its responsibility to workers, suppliers and the local communities...

14 Feb 2018

Connected Network in the battle to control plant disease in sub-Saharan Africa

A ground-breaking project which aims to build a sustainable network of international scientists and researchers to tackle vector-borne plant disease that devastates crops in sub-Saharan Africa...

13 Feb 2018

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Carrefour's chicken blockchain set to lay eggs

PARIS, France - French supermarket group Carrefour said on Tuesday it would expand its blockchain-based food traceability programme, which is currently in place for some chickens, to eight other products including eggs by the end of the year.

7 Mar 2018

#DesignIndaba2018: Seeing the world through a grain of sand

The moment designer Lonny van Ryswyck took her shoes off on the Design Indaba stage, she opened many eyes to see the same thing in a different way. Isn't that what design is really about?

By Jessica Tennant 23 Feb 2018

Western Cape showcases at Gulfood in Dubai to promote halal sector

In an effort to promote exports and the Western Cape halal sector, Wesgro has been supporting the South African Department of Trade and Industry and Western Cape companies at Gulfood in Dubai - an internationally recognised food and beverage trade show featuring 5,000 exhibitors and 120 national pavilions covering one million square feet. It is expected that over 100,000 traders and visitors will visit the show.

21 Feb 2018

Lab grown meat to cause labeling issues

The United States Cattlemen's Association (USCA) has petitioned the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to exclude products not derived directly from animals raised and slaughtered, from the definition of 'beef' and 'meat'.

19 Feb 2018

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