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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 1 day ago

Conference calls for greater land ownership rights for women in Africa

Influential women from across Africa shared their findings on land policy initiatives, including women's rights to own land...

18 Aug 2017

Niger to boost poultry farming with mobile kits

Niger State government is set to boost poultry production through the introduction of mobile kits. The mobile poultry is part of the youth empowerment scheme with agriculture entrepreneurship as the driving force...

By Ahmed Tahir Ajobe 18 Aug 2017

How some African farmers are responding to climate change and what we can learn from them

Here are three novel ways African farmers are using adaptive strategies to thrive...

15 Aug 2017

What camera traps tell us about elephants eating crops

The use of food crops by elephants threatens the livelihoods, food security and well-being of rural communities. Elephant forays into farmland sometimes results in...

By Josephine B. Smit 10 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

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

Organic farming gains popularity

In Tanzania, like any other country in the world, the push for producing products through organic systems is increasing day after day...

By Constantine Akitanda 24 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

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

Chinese overfishing threatens West African economies

Foreign fishing vessels, many from China, prowl the waters off West Africa every day. They capture millions of fish - catches that used to go to local boats...

By Salem Solomon 19 Jul 2017

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International

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 17 Aug 2017

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 16 Aug 2017

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.

15 Aug 2017

#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

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