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To discover Africa's biodiversity, look to the soil

South Africa is finally embarking on a long-overdue initiative: mapping the incredible biodiversity in Africa's soils...

By Esther Ngumbi 18 Jan 2017

African agriculture on the World Economic Forum annual meeting agenda

SACAU CEO Ishmael Sunga will join global leaders in Davos-Klosters in Switzerland for the World Economic Forum's 47th annual meeting taking place from 17-20 January 2017, in order to promote African agriculture...

16 Jan 2017

Overland freight costs strangle trade with neighbours, study shows

It is cheaper for SA to import animal feedstock or sugar from Brazil than from Zambia because of the excessive costs of overland cross-border freight, according to a new research paper...

By Karl Gernetzky 6 Jan 2017

Post-harvest losses still major challenge in East Africa

Smallholder farmers can reduce post-harvest losses and improve income by adopting better storage management practices and technologies...

28 Dec 2016

Tanzania to hold agricultural show in January

The upcoming outdoor agricultural show, Agritech Expo Tanzania, is taking place in Arusha from 26-27 January 2017...

22 Dec 2016

Strengthening capacity of livestock interventions in crises

Livestock production in Souther Africa has been severely affected by evolving climatic patterns that have resulted in an upsurge in livestock diseases, rangeland degradation, and limited access to water...

6 Dec 2016

Uncertain times call for smart moves - the promise of agro-alliance

Our economies are under a great deal of stress and the news is awash with depressed global commodity prices, the threat of climate change and limited access to agricultural finance

By Abdalla Hamdok 5 Dec 2016

Access to trade and information is of great interest to the agricultural community

An interesting upcoming development to hit the African audience is the Continental Free Trade Area to be launched in 2017...

29 Nov 2016

Protecting and developing African agriculture in the face of climate change

The weak output in Africa, reinforced by a spike in temperatures and exacerbated by extreme climate events, could create a vicious loop of food insecurity, impoverishment, mass migration and...

By Patrick Dupoux and Younes Zrikem 28 Nov 2016

Africa-funded project to help small-island nations adapt to climate change

FAO will support six African island nations in their efforts to make agriculture more resilient to climate shocks and boost economic development. The $1.5 million project will focus on a variety of...

21 Nov 2016

Smoking and sustainability: tobacco farming in Southern Africa

The production and consumption of tobacco and tobacco products are firmly in the World Health Organization's regulatory crosshairs and with good reason, however...

By Professor Andreas Freytag 18 Nov 2016

Report equips African decision-makers with new climate science

Africa's climate is one of the least-researched and poorly understood, but a new report provides reliable scientific information for decision-makers...

18 Nov 2016

Agritech Expo migrates to Tanzania

Successful outdoor agricultural show, Agritech Expo, is expanding to Tanzania with the farming B2B platform taking place in the agri-hu of Arusha in January...

17 Nov 2016

African nations have the will to adapt agriculture to climate change

This story of failed harvest, hunger and hopelessness as temperatures rise is common across the continent. In fact, it is estimated that 65 percent of Africa's population is affected by climate change...

By Elwyn Grainger-Jones 16 Nov 2016

ASEAN market seeks to increase bilateral trade with Africa

Member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will make a leap into the African continent with their first joint trade mission and business expo in South Africa next year...

11 Nov 2016

Implementing climate smart agriculture up for discussion at COP22

COP22 will look at adaptation, mitigation, transparency, and technology transfer to combat increasing greenhouse gas emissions...

10 Nov 2016

Fertilisers can help African farmers battle climate change

Fertilisers can spare more forests and pastures from conversion...

By Charlotte Hebebrand 10 Nov 2016

New campaign helps farmers with the biggest job on earth

Chemical company, BASF has launched a new campaign with the aim to celebrate farmers globally and support agriculture to enable increased production of enough food to feed the world...

9 Nov 2016

Africa hit worst by extreme weather in 2015

Four of the 10 countries hammered hardest in 2015 by climate-boosted extreme weather are in Africa...

9 Nov 2016

Sustainable agriculture deserves center stage at Marrakesh climate talks

Transforming agricultural sectors to address climate change for adaptation and mitigation essential to tackling hunger and poverty...

By José Graziano da Silva 8 Nov 2016

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