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Syngenta takes stock of its 10-year growth plan for its African business
Syngenta takes stock of its 10-year growth plan for its African business

After announcing its 10-year growth plan for its African business in 2012, Syngenta is now halfway through its journey...

8 Sep 2017

Climate-smart agriculture urgently needed in Africa
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
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

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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
#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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African smallholders can double their yields with half the water

Until recently, irrigation had never taken off in Africa for multiple reasons, from poor maintenance planning to lack of inputs and market access...

By Jerome Bossuet 6 Sep 2017

Water flows from the new solar pump installed by the Youth Economic and Social Action group in Chikwawa, Malawi (Image Supplied)
Tuning in to farmers' water needs: Radio broadcasts aid Malawi irrigation efforts

Farm Radio Trust organises farmer “listening groups” and develops local radio broadcasts on agricultural development issues in the area. The shows link local farmers to government extension officers to promote...

By Timothy A. Wise 6 Sep 2017

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Purple tea is taking over the world, one cup at a time

This new brew is the latest in the global health craze to cause quite a stir (pun intended) and it just so happens to come from Meru, Kenya...

By Sharon Mundia 5 Sep 2017

SACAU joining AGRF to discuss ways of moving African agriculture forward
SACAU joining AGRF to discuss ways of moving African agriculture forward

“We look forward to continue exploring ways of supporting farmers, including young agripreneurs, in captitalising on existing opportunities to drive the sector forward.”

5 Sep 2017

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Africa's most notorious insects: The bugs that hit agriculture the hardest

Crop losses in African countries due to insect pests are estimated at 49% of the expected total crop yield each year. Which are Africa's top insect pests?

By Esther Ndumi Ngumbi 5 Sep 2017

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Closing the gap between the youth and agriculture in Africa

Agriculture and youth are a compatible pair, particularly in the African context. It has the remarkable potential to empower what will be the youngest and biggest workforce in the world by 2040...

By Thapelo Moleleki 5 Sep 2017

AfDB wants greater focus on implementation, as African Green Revolution Forum begins in Abidjan
AfDB wants greater focus on implementation, as African Green Revolution Forum begins in Abidjan

Ahead of the 2017 African Green Revolution Forum, the President of the AfDB, Akinwumi Adesina, wants greater attention paid to the implementation of concrete plans for achieving the green revolution in Africa...

4 Sep 2017

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DowDuPont a done deal

The successful merger of Dow and DuPont has been announced - operating as a holding company under the name DowDuPont with three divisions: agriculture, materials science, and specialty products...

4 Sep 2017

#InnovationMonth: Changing agri-education in Africa as we know it
#InnovationMonth: Changing agri-education in Africa as we know it

"It's imperative upon the world to help 'switch on' Africa's mobile platforms and to assist in bringing focused education and platforms to Africa's youth in order to develop its potential..."

By Cari Coetzee 4 Sep 2017

Public, private sector leadership push for more inclusive vision in African development agenda
Public, private sector leadership push for more inclusive vision in African development agenda

400 private and public sector leaders gathered on Thursday, 31 August, for the Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg to discuss accelerating and scaling innovations...

1 Sep 2017

Long-overdue GMO testing laboratory to be established
Long-overdue GMO testing laboratory to be established

The NCRST is in the process of establishing a Biotechnology and Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) testing laboratory to facilitate full implementation of Namibia's Biosafety Framework...

31 Aug 2017

Fall armyworm spreads to Cameroon
Fall armyworm spreads to Cameroon

Fall armyworm has spread to Cameroon. The pest has attacked crops in at least 24 African countries. The armyworms have been a serious threat to food security...

31 Aug 2017

Scientists make breakthrough in fight against cassava diseases
Scientists make breakthrough in fight against cassava diseases

Scientists have identified the first ever genetic markers associated with resistance to two deadly cassava viral diseases in Tanzania's grown varieties...

By Masembe Tambwe 29 Aug 2017

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What Kenya's government can do to protect, and benefit from, ocean resources

Declining health in Kenya's marine resources is evident in traditional small-scale fisheries, the growth in commercial fisheries, conflicts among fisher groups and in the increased use of gear such as...

By David Obura 28 Aug 2017

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Hardy Zimbabwean farmers take on Nigeria's challenges

Fourteen years ago, after Zimbabwe's President Mugabe seized white-owned farms in a controversial land reform programme, farmers took up an offer from the Kwara state government to take their skills to Nigeria...

28 Aug 2017

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CNN Marketplace Africa exploring the sustainable future of farming in Africa

CNN Marketplace Africa correspondent Eleni Giokos and anchor Zain Asher explore the future of farming and sustainability in Africa...

25 Aug 2017

Agriculture a culprit in global warming, says US research
Agriculture a culprit in global warming, says US research

Agriculture has contributed nearly as much to climate change as deforestation by intensifying global warming, according to US research that has quantified the amount of carbon taken from the soil by farming...

By Ellen Wulfhorst 25 Aug 2017

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Pig farmers urged to improve genetics, infrastructure

Although Namibia still had to import more than a thousand tonnes of pork, the country could in the near future play a role to help feed an ever-growing hungry world...

24 Aug 2017

L-R: Ag. Group Managing Director, Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc, Engr. Abdullahi Sule; Chairman, Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc, Aliko Dangote; Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello; Niger State Deputy Governor, Ahmed Muhammad Kesto, at the MoU signing ceremony between Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc and Niger State Government on Sugar Project in Niger State. (Source: Dangote Group)
Dangote, Niger State $450m sugar production MoU to revolutionise Nigerian agriculture

Dangote Group signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Niger State government to establish a $450m state-of-art and fully integrated sugar complex...

24 Aug 2017

Alien animals and plants are on the rise in Africa, exacting a growing toll
Alien animals and plants are on the rise in Africa, exacting a growing toll

Recently a number of alien species have spread extremely rapidly across the continent, posing a particularly high threat to food security and livelihoods...

By Katelyn Faulkner, Brett Hurley & Mark Robertson 24 Aug 2017

Africa among high rainfall-related soil erosion zones
Africa among high rainfall-related soil erosion zones

Regions in the tropical climate zones suffer the greatest rainfall-related soil erosion, says an international study...

By Madhukara Putty 23 Aug 2017

What sub-Sahara can learn from India's 'Green revolution': the good and the bad
What sub-Sahara can learn from India's 'Green revolution': the good and the bad

Sub-Saharan Africa has huge potential to become a global food basket, but it is far from being realised. India's “Green Revolution” could be a useful model if adapted to African conditions...

By Renu MODI 23 Aug 2017

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Firm unveils new app to boost agricultural yields

A simple-to-use farm management app to help farmers manage both the day-to-day activities of the farm and even the business-side of their operations...

By Nume Ekeghe 22 Aug 2017

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Kitchen gardens cultivate bond between refugees, Kenyan hosts

A project in northern Kenya aims to make refugees self-reliant through farming while helping them integrate with the local community...

By Benson Rioba 22 Aug 2017

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Simple concoction found to halt Fall armyworm

A farmers' group in South Sudan says it has found a way to combat the dreaded Fall armyworm. The all-natural formula is designed to kill the armyworms while not harming the plants...

By Dimo Silva 21 Aug 2017

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