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Nigeria to save N300bn annually from rice import

Nigeria will be saving about N300bn it spends annually on importation of rice as local production of the commodity has now reached 15 million metric tonnes...

By Bayo Amodu and Ruth Tene Natsa 2 days ago

Amid drought and conflict, women try new livestock - bees

As climate change worsens drought and erratic rainfall, competition for water and grazing is growing, stoking rivalry and theft between livestock herders. But an unusual kind of livestock is helping: bees...

By Moraa Obiria 11 Aug 2017

Kenya's herders swap livestock for chillies as drought bites

Over the past year, herders in Kenya's Rift Valley have lost thousands of animals to worsening drought, causing them to switch to farming. Chillies are a safe bet for farmers...

By Isaiah Esipisu 10 Aug 2017

Zim, SA lose one million chickens to bird flu

Zimbabwe and SA have lost over one million chickens to Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, it has been learnt. The disease hit the two countries recently, threatening the livelihood and food security status of...

By Elita Chikwati 8 Aug 2017

With more than one crop, farmers weather armyworm attacks

An infestation of Fall armyworm has ravaged harvests in Kenya. To protect themselves from total crop failure, farmers grow pulses alongside their traditional crops like maize - a practice known as intercropping...

By Kagondu Njagi 2 Aug 2017

Seed company rolls out maize variety for arid and semi-arid areas

Kenya - The East Africa Seed Company has rolled out a drought-resistant maize variety which takes 90 days to mature. The new maize variety, Tosheka, is targeting the semi-arid areas...

By Irene Mugo 1 Aug 2017

The global food system still benefits the rich at the expense of the poor

While global trade has helped lift many out of poverty, it has not done so evenly. A new way of engaging with the complexity of food systems is needed...

By Laura Pereira 31 Jul 2017

Collaboration sees launch of end-to-end farm mechanisation solution in Nigeria

Springfield Agro Limited in partnerships with Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. has announced its collaboration with the Katsina State Government in the launch of the Farm-To-Folk initiative - and end-to-end farm mechanisation solution...

25 Jul 2017

New approaches and sustainable partnerships will enhance food security in Africa

It is increasingly becoming important to explore newer and more innovative approaches to successful farming. Urban agriculture is one of the techniques considered to be on the cusp of advancements within the sector...

By Wessel Lemmer 24 Jul 2017

New pan-African fruit industry association to strengthen trade between Africa and EU

Afruibana, a pan-African association of fruit producers and exporters from Cameroon, the Ivory Coast and Ghana has officially been launched. The association will take steps to support competitiveness and export fruits to EU countries...

21 Jul 2017

Rwanda's essential oils offer big profits from little land

The pioneer of essential oils in Rwanda said he understood over a decade ago "the need to develop high-value crops" in his hilly nation of just 2.6m hectares...

By Stephanie Aglietti 20 Jul 2017

Winners of Resolution Social Venture Challenge agents of change in their communities

21 African social entrepreneurs have been named winners in the Resolution Social Venture Challenge. Impact evaluation data shows that an average of 3,200 community members benefits per fellowship awarded...

20 Jul 2017

Fall armyworms on march across Africa

Fall armyworm has spread to 21 African countries and threatens the continent's main food staple, maize. Fall armyworms pose a big threat to the continent's agriculture...

By Sora Halake 19 Jul 2017

Developing countries urged to set international food standards

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) have issued a joint statement calling on countries to develop international food standards...

19 Jul 2017

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Contaminated eggs show continuing problems with supply chain

Another food scandal: this time eggs used for making sandwiches and other processed products that contain traces of an insecticide called fipronil. Fipronil is banned in human food production because it can be harmful to human health if ingested in sufficiently large quantities.

By Lisa Jack 1 day ago

New study: Pesticides increase extinction risk for bumblebee populations

Bumblebee queens are a common sight on a spring day, their large furry bodies flying industriously from flower to flower. At this point they will have just awoken from a long hibernation - the much smaller worker bees die off each year, leaving the new queens to survive winter alone. Eating nectar and pollen from these flowers is therefore essential for the queens to build up their energy and fat stores. Once they are fully restored, which can happen within a few days, the queens will look for a nest-site, perhaps an abandoned mouse nest, where they will build up a honey pot and pollen stores prior to laying eggs and founding a new colony of bumblebees.

By Mark Brown 2 days ago

Austria confirms find of tainted egg products

VIENNA, Austria - Austria on Monday became the latest European country to confirm that it has found the insecticide fipronil in egg products imported from Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Poland.

3 days ago

#CSIMonth: An opportunity to use commercial enterprises to ensure global food security

President and CEO of AGT Foods, Murad Al-Katib was recently named EY World Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 for his success in building a business empire focused on providing vegetable protein to the developing world, but also for helping to feed refugees. We chat to Al-Katib about his win, entrepreneurship and feeding the world.

By Cari Coetzee 18 Jul 2017

Spain hit by deadly bacteria threatening olive trees

A deadly bacteria that infected thousands of olive trees in Italy has been detected for the first time in mainland Spain, the world's top producer of olive oil, a regional government official said Thursday, 6 July.

7 Jul 2017

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