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New animated film marks International Year of Plant Health 2020
New animated film marks International Year of Plant Health 2020

Diseases that devastate African communities are the focus of a brand new short animated film launched this week by The CONNECTED Virus Network, based at The Universities of Bristol and Newcastle in the United Kingdom...

22 May 2020

Build inclusive food systems to fight Covid-19
Build inclusive food systems to fight Covid-19

Food insecurity, malnutrition and poverty may intensify in Africa and other developing world nations as the Covid-19 pandemic deepens, making resilient and inclusive food systems to mitigate likely calamities urgent, a report says...

By Wilson Odhiambo 4 May 2020

Nestlé-IDH partnership to boost sourcing practices in Central, West Africa
Nestlé-IDH partnership to boost sourcing practices in Central, West Africa

The three-year partnership aims to support 25,000 farmers and 50 SMEs, as well as open up new markets for them...

28 Apr 2020

10 ways to stay connected on Biz during lockdown
10 ways to stay connected on Biz during lockdown

Self-isolation, lockdowns, working remotely and physical distancing can get you down. Bizcommunity is the daily 'virtual commute' that brings you closer to 19 industry communities...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 15 Apr 2020

European agri industry gets funding for Covid-19
European agri industry gets funding for Covid-19

It will be guaranteed under the European Fund for Strategic Investments, which forms the financial pillar of the Investment Plan for Europe...

7 Apr 2020

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Rescuing Kenya's flower sector amid Covid-19

Devastating scenes of flower workers disposing tens of thousands of blooms on a daily basis, empty grading halls and packhouses have come to symbolize the extent of the damage the coronavirus has visited on the Kenya floriculture sector as global supply chains haemorrhage under the crisis.

By Nelson Maina 30 Mar 2020

'Bee-washing' hurts bees and misleads consumers
'Bee-washing' hurts bees and misleads consumers

'Bee-washing,' marketing claims that purport to help bees, can diminish the important distinction between a honey bee and native bee...

By Lila Westreich 24 Feb 2020

4 African finalists make the shortlist for Commonwealth Youth Awards 2020
4 African finalists make the shortlist for Commonwealth Youth Awards 2020

All 16 finalists will each receive a trophy, a certificate and £1,000 to expand the scope of their projects...

19 Feb 2020

Bumblebees in crisis: Insect's inner lives reveal what the world would lose if they disappear
Bumblebees in crisis: Insect's inner lives reveal what the world would lose if they disappear

A new study has found that European and North American bumblebee populations have shrank by a third since 1970...

14 Feb 2020

Adidas and Ikea lead 2020 sustainable cotton ranking
Adidas and Ikea lead 2020 sustainable cotton ranking

Adidas has surged ahead to become a global leader in sourcing sustainable cotton...

13 Feb 2020

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Roadmap developed to conserve global insect populations

With an estimated 40% of all insects threatened with extinction, 73 scientists from around the world decided that something needed to be done urgently to protect insect species...

10 Feb 2020

Trees in South Africa are under attack. Why it's proving hard to manage
Trees in South Africa are under attack. Why it's proving hard to manage

A tree-killing beetle that invaded South Africa two years ago and wreaked havoc in the country's towns and cities still hasn't been declared an emergency plant pest...

By Trudy Paap 6 Feb 2020

Growing extra trees, shrubs raises smallholders $50/year
Growing extra trees, shrubs raises smallholders $50/year

When smallholder farmers mix trees and shrubs into their lands it increases their revenues by almost $50 per person per year, a study has revealed...

By Gilbert Nakweya 23 Jan 2020

Bimal Kantaria
East Africa agri-industry director honoured for role in agricultural transformation

Elgon Kenya's director, Bimal Kantaria has received a Honorary Doctorate of Humanities degree by the United Graduate College and Seminary International for his efforts at promoting the agriculture sector in East Africa...

20 Jan 2020

Can African smallholders farm themselves out of poverty?
Can African smallholders farm themselves out of poverty?

Smallholder farming might not be able to generate enough value on its own, but farmers still need support...

12 Dec 2019

Using solar energy to contribute to SA's national electricity grid
Using solar energy to contribute to SA's national electricity grid

There is a notable opportunity for large farming operations to significantly reduce their energy spend and further ease strain on the national electricity grid...

2 Dec 2019

Why we're involved in a project in Africa to promote edible insects
Why we're involved in a project in Africa to promote edible insects

There is a wealth of indigenous knowledge about capturing and eating insects in Sub-Saharan Africa...

By Robert Musundire 29 Nov 2019

Traditional healthy diets fundamental to sustainable development
Traditional healthy diets fundamental to sustainable development

The Government of Italy, with support from the FAO, recently held an event highlighting Mediterranean and other traditional healthy diets as fundamental to...

28 Nov 2019

Daylight and not rains 'drives vegetation growth onset'
Daylight and not rains 'drives vegetation growth onset'

According to the research conducted from 2014 to 2018, the analysis across different regions of Africa consistently found the amount of time that a plant or animal is exposed to light in a 24-hour period as the dominant factor controlling the onset and end of vegetation growing seasons...

By Nelson Mandela Ogema 18 Nov 2019

Farming in South Africa is under threat from climate change. Here's how
Farming in South Africa is under threat from climate change. Here's how

The impact of climate change on agriculture and food production is clear: the sector will suffer. Here's what needs to be done...

13 Nov 2019

LE South Africa introduces oil-spill-eating enzyme technology
LE South Africa introduces oil-spill-eating enzyme technology

"In nature, bacteria release enzymes and biosurfactants that attack the spill. The biosurfactants emulsify the spill, breaking it down to be used as a food source for the bacteria. The end result of this process is CO2 and water."

8 Nov 2019

Kenya's Twiga Foods raises $30m in Series B round
Kenya's Twiga Foods raises $30m in Series B round

Kenyan B2B food distribution company, Twiga Foods, has raised $23.75 million in a Series B equity round led by Goldman Sachs...

28 Oct 2019

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Growing demand for natural honey from happy bees

The demand for certified organic honey is rising rapidly worldwide and supply cannot keep up with demand...

24 Oct 2019

#SACSCCongress: How green roofs can contribute to people, profit and planet
#SACSCCongress: How green roofs can contribute to people, profit and planet

Vacant rooftops across all major cities around the world are a dime a dozen. Their concrete surfaces aren't just a waste of space in a highly urbanised world, but also contribute to the heat island effect that afflicts these built-up areas. So why not farm on them?

By Sindy Peters 23 Oct 2019

Ghana's cocoa farmers are trapped by the chocolate industry
Ghana's cocoa farmers are trapped by the chocolate industry

The chocolate industry is worth more than $80bn a year. But some cocoa farmers in parts of West Africa are poorer now than they were in the 1970s or 1980s...

By Michael E Odijie 11 Oct 2019

Cargill, IFC renew partnership in strengthening cocoa producing cooperatives
Cargill, IFC renew partnership in strengthening cocoa producing cooperatives

Cargill and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) have announced the renewal of their partnership which will facilitate the introduction of new initiatives to strengthen cocoa producing cooperatives...

3 Oct 2019

Know your business inside out with a Biz Office
Know your business inside out with a Biz Office

New expectations of transparency and authenticity in business means things like organisational purpose, brand stories, how your company does things, what it believes in and what it stands for, can all play a part in how your company sees itself and how it is seen by others...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 2 Oct 2019

Top ratings for Biz Rate Card 2019
Top ratings for Biz Rate Card 2019

Bizcommunity is excited to announce the relaunch of our Biz Product and Rate Card, featuring all-new product infographics, descriptors and more...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 27 Sep 2019

Food systems development needs a new trajectory - FAO director-general
Food systems development needs a new trajectory - FAO director-general

Noting that food systems are huge economic, social and environmental drivers of transformational change, FAO director-general Qu Dongyu believes turning them into accelerators of progress on the SDGs is essential...

27 Sep 2019

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