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Could East Africa be the new frontier for food and grain production?

"With an enormous potential of fertile soils and favourable climate, East Africa has a comparative advantage to produce several agricultural products, process and export as a food basket..."

8 hours ago

WAZA signs MoU to help make sustainably produced palm oil the norm

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the RSPO have signed a five-year MoU to further transformation of markets and make sustainable palm oil the norm...

3 days ago

#WorldFoodDay: Africa holds the key to feeding the world's population

Africa holds the key to feeding 9 billion people by 2050, Dr Akinwumi Adesina says during Norman Borlaug Lecture...

3 days ago

New campaign launched to contain a major threat to banana production

Fusarium wilt poses a major risk to the production of bananas - the world's most traded fruit. With more than 400 million people relying on the fruit as a staple food or source of income, it could...

19 Oct 2017

Separating myths from facts: Understanding food labels and innovation in food production

We have to produce more food with less. This can only be done through innovation and technology in food production, but for many consumers and retailers, innovation and technology are misunderstood...

19 Oct 2017

Zimbabwe bans fruit, vegetable imports to save scarce forex

Zimbabwe has banned the importation of fruit and vegetables to save scarce foreign currency in the face of a worsening economic crisis...

18 Oct 2017

The traditional vegetable and sweet potato research that's revolutionising the way we build food and nutrition security in Africa

Various agricultural research institutions in Africa are currently carrying out research on orphan crops mainly to improve yields and controlling and lowering disease tolerance....

By Millie Phiri, Sonia Naidoo, Nadia Ibraimo 17 Oct 2017

Integrated policy approach needed to ensure sustainable food systems

The 44th Session of the Committee on World Food Security endorsed new recommendations centred on the need for an integrated policy approach to forestry, agriculture, water and food security and nutrition...

17 Oct 2017

Dangote initiative engages unemployed youth in rice farming

Dangote Rice Limited has launched a multi-million naira Youth Farming Initiative set to engage unemployed Nigerian students in rice farming...

17 Oct 2017

#WorldFoodDay: Transforming the agricultural sector by unlocking the potential of smallholder farmers

"...a step-change in the lives of smallholder farmers, recognising the fundamentally important role that they have currently and will increasingly have in our future food production."

By Dr Klaus Eckstein 16 Oct 2017

Organisations join forces, launches roadmap to combat zoonotic TB

"Preventing and controlling bovine TB at its animal source is crucial to avoid its transmission to humans, improve food safety and protect the livelihood of many rural communities."

13 Oct 2017

Ghana aims to regain top spot in cocoa production

The country is the second-biggest supplier of cocoa worldwide, beaten only by its West African neighbour, Cote D'Ivoire. But Ghana was once the world champion...

By Kwaku Botwe 12 Oct 2017

Philafrica aims to become big food exporter

Philafrica Food says it plans to transform food processing in sub-Saharan Africa through investments of between R50m and R100m...

By Neels Blom 11 Oct 2017

Horticulture soon to beat tourism in 'cash ranking'

Tanzania's horticulture industry is reported to be growing at the rate of eleven percent annually, the fastest growing sector in the country...

By Hazla Omar 11 Oct 2017

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International

More trees, better farming could slash carbon emissions: study

MIAMI, US - Planting more trees, farming more sustainably and conserving wetlands could significantly slash the amount of carbon emissions that humanity spews into the atmosphere through fossil fuel use, researchers said on Monday.

17 Oct 2017

Bird flu pours new misery on Dutch poultry farmers

THE HAGUE, The Netherlands - Dutch poultry farmers, already left reeling by a contaminated egg scandal, were in a new flap Saturday over an outbreak of bird flu with thousands of hens to be destroyed. "An outbreak of a variant of H5 bird flu has been detected in a poultry farm in Zeeland province," Economic Affairs Minister Henk Kamp said.

16 Oct 2017

Bayer sells crop science units to ease Monsanto takeover

FRANKFURT, Germany - German chemicals and pharmaceuticals giant Bayer announced a multi-billion-euro deal Friday to sell parts of its agrichemical business to rival BASF, easing the path of its planned takeover of US seed maker Monsanto.

16 Oct 2017

Underwater nurseries help revive Mediterranean fish stocks

LA CIOTAT, France - A French company has developed an innovative system to replenish marine fish stocks in places like ports that have suffered environmental damage.

13 Oct 2017

Polluted chicken muck piling up in The Netherlands

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - Tonnes of chicken muck contaminated with a banned insecticide are piling up in hundreds of Dutch poultry farms hit by the tainted-egg scandal, officials said Wednesday. "Poultry farmers, who are already on the edge of a financial abyss, don't have any way of getting rid of the contaminated manure," said Hennie de Haan, president of the Dutch Poultry Farmers Association (NVP).

12 Oct 2017

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