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FAO director-general calls for renewed commitment to zero tolerance on food loss, waste

FAO director-general José Graziano da Silva has joined in calls for a renewed global commitment to zero tolerance for food loss and waste...

2 days ago

The relationship between drought and famine: lessons from the Horn of Africa

Countries in the Horn of Africa - particularly Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya - are suffering from severe drought due to historically low rainfall and high temperatures...

By Philippe Roudier 2 days ago

Dangote emphasises diversification of African economies, importance of agriculture

Nigerian entrepreneur and business leader, Aliko Dangote told investors: "Agriculture, agriculture, agriculture. Africa will become the food basket of the world."

3 days ago

Fisheries in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific: Immense opportunities, critical challenges

Roughly $140bn worth of fish is traded globally per annum, with millions of people relying on jobs in fishing and fish-farming, not to mention the seafood industry...

By Viwanou Gnassounou 19 Sep 2017

Measuring Africa's agricultural takeoff is set to make billionaires from ‘poor men's fields'

Asked where the next crop of African billionaires will come from, the president of the African Development Bank, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, without batting an eyelid, declared that they will be farmers...

By Boaz Blackie Keizire 18 Sep 2017

Major investments, partnerships a boost for African agriculture and economy

The signing of a record number of new investments and partnership agreements for inclusive agricultural transformation at the 2017 AGRF have boosted Africa's economic growth prospects...

15 Sep 2017

Radiation tech bears fruit as Zanzibar declared tsetse free

Pemba and Unguja are among pioneers in the successful implementation of a new technology that uses radiation to eradicate livestock killing vectors, tsetse flies...

By Marc Nkwame 14 Sep 2017

Climate smart crops: A necessity for future food and nutrition security

It is imperative that we incorporate climate resilience into all aspects of crop breeding and food innovation...

By Bev Postma 12 Sep 2017

Hot weather sweetens harvest for mango farmers

Ever hotter weather and more erratic rainfall have made growing many crops more difficult in Kenya's Machakos County, but one harvest is prospering: mangoes...

By Caroline Wambui 11 Sep 2017

$280m partnership to help drive inclusive agriculture transformation in Africa

The 2017 African Green Revolution Forum saw the launch of the multi-million dollar Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa - a partnership to drive inclusive agriculture transformation across Africa...

11 Sep 2017

Climate-smart agriculture urgently needed in Africa

Africa contributes only 4% of global greenhouse gas emissions...

By Baher Kamal 8 Sep 2017

Protecting Africa's drylands key to the continent's future

With over half of sub-Saharan Africa consisting of arid and semi-arid lands, the livelihoods of over 400 million people who inhabit these areas are at risk...

By Sam Otieno 7 Sep 2017

African agribusiness and smallholders must seize opportunities in potential $1 trillion food market

Africa's agricultural revolution requires an inclusive approach that links millions of small farms to agribusinesses, creating extended food supply chains and employment opportunities...

7 Sep 2017

#InnovationMonth: Revolutionising agriculture through urban farming

As more people stream to cities, an increasing number of urban gardens and farms are taking root too. Across Africa, stories of resourcefulness in urban agriculture abound as people fight for their livelihood...

By Howard Blight 7 Sep 2017

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International

American poultry expert shares gold standard for avian flu control

American poultry expert Dr. Fidelis Hegngi briefed African government delegates from nine countries on avian influenza during a two-day seminar in Pretoria and said that 24 hours from detection to depopulation is the ideal for effective avian influenza control.

3 days ago

Chocolate industry driving deforestation of Ivory Coast: report

ABIDJAN, Côte d'Ivoire - The chocolate industry is indirectly driving massive and illegal deforestation in Ivory Coast, fuelling a catastrophic decline in wildlife, a green group said on Wednesday. "In several national parks and other protected areas, 90 percent or more of the land mass has been converted to cocoa," the group Mighty Earth said in its investigation.

15 Sep 2017

#InnovationMonth: Aerobotics, RanMarine teams up on river water management in #cocreate2Accelerate

After a successful programme in 2016, #cocreate2Accelerate returns in 2017 for another round of building relationships between high-potential young companies from the Netherlands and South Africa. This year, #cocreate2Accelerate will include a long programme based on a rigorous process aimed at matching companies from both countries within specific vertical sectors to actively collaborate in the solving of identified challenges. The short programme will accompany this process and is aimed at introducing Dutch companies to the Cape Town startup ecosystem.

By Cari Coetzee 13 Sep 2017

What comes first: the free-range chicken or the free-range egg

Many shoppers buy free-range eggs because they think the eggs are superior, rather than out of explicit concern for the hens' welfare, according to our new research.

By Rachel A. Ankeny and Heather Bray 12 Sep 2017

Starbucks celebrates 99% ethically sourced coffee

On 9 September 2017, participating Starbucks store teams in Britain, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Greece, Cyprus and South Africa celebrated the group's position in 99% ethical sourcing, by writing 99 on customers' cups.

11 Sep 2017

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