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FAO distributes seeds and fertilisers to a million people in north-east Nigeria

"Investing in agricultural assistance today will provide food for tomorrow; and can ensure people have a source of food even when they are cut off from other forms of humanitarian aid."

2 days ago

Africa could help feed the world - if its fertile land doesn't vanish

According to the UNCCD, two-thirds of the African continent is desert or drylands. This land is vital for agriculture and food production, but nearly 75 percent is estimated to be degraded to varying degrees...

By Younouss Youn 3 days ago

Nigerian Minister of Finance encourages national roll out of youth agri programme

The programme is expected to create business opportunities and decent employment for 1,000 young women and men along priority agricultural value chains of various enterprises...

20 Jun 2017

Science has the power to boost farming in Africa. But a lot has to change

There are already several excellent examples of ways in which science has led to dramatic increases in food production and moved farmers in some countries closer to self-sufficiency...

By Frans Swanepoel 19 Jun 2017

Chad is the country most vulnerable to climate change - here's why

Of the 186 countries assessed in a recent survey of climate vulnerability, Chad was rated most in peril...

By Hakim Abdi 14 Jun 2017

New research station to empower Nigerian farmers in modern agriculture

IITA has unveiled a new research station in Ago-Owu in Osun state, Nigeria, as part of efforts to expand its research agenda and create impact at farm level - this as the organisation marks its fiftieth anniversary...

14 Jun 2017

Jill Farrant on breeding drought-resistant crops

With droughts likely to become more common in Africa due to global warming, Farrant hopes her work can mitigate the effect of disrupted weather patterns on food security. She wants to find out how resurrection plants can...

12 Jun 2017

Disrupted agriculture, high food prices deepens food insecurity in Africa

While large agricultural harvests in some regions of the world are booming for global food supply, protracted fighting and unrest are increasing displaced and hungry people elsewhere...

12 Jun 2017

AfDB explores investment strategies to tilt markets in favour of African farmers

AfDB has proposed new investment strategies in Africa's agriculture sector, which, if properly implemented, would effectively alter the market structures around the world in favour of the African farmers...

9 Jun 2017

Taking agriculture to the next level

Agriculture remains the main occupation of the majority of our rural population. And every improvement we are able to bring about in the sector will translate to an improvement in the life of the majority...

By Tanimola Oyewole 7 Jun 2017

Clues and solutions to Kenya's puzzling food price crisis

The Kenyan government has from time to time applied input subsidies to reduce the cost of production. But they haven't always produced the desired effect...

By Timothy Njagi Njeru 2 Jun 2017

Africa feeling the heat of climate change

Affected countries require funds to build more resilient and climate-smart economies...

By Dan Shepard 2 Jun 2017

Africa must re-adopt its orphan crops in the face of a changing environment

A large portion of Africa's people relies on several indigenous plant species for subsistence. But their agricultural importance is undervalued and they often play second fiddle to more commercial crops...

By Ethel Phiri, Palesa Natasha Mothapo 31 May 2017

FAO calls for sustainable transformation of agriculture and food systems

While high-input and resource-intensive farming systems have substantially increased food production, this has come at a high cost to the environment...

31 May 2017

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International

AGT Foods CEO scoops EY World Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 title

President and CEO of AGT Foods, Murad Al-Katib, was picked from 59 individuals representing 49 countries and named EY World Entrepreneur of the Year 2017. He was chosen not only for his success in building a business empire focused on providing vegetable protein to the developing world, but also for helping to feed refugees.

20 Jun 2017

Blockchain seen as tool in food safety

NEW YORK, US - The food industry is turning to the same technology used by virtual currencies to strengthen food safety and inventory management by tracking meats and crops from farm to table. Working with IBM, retail giant Wal-Mart Stores is testing the technology system on mangos in the United States and pork in China.

6 Jun 2017

Highly contagious disease can decimate tilapia populations

A highly contagious disease is spreading among farmed and wild tilapia, one of the world's most important fish species for human consumption. According to a special alert issued by FAO's Global Information and Early Warnings Systems, the outbreak should be treated with concern and countries importing tilapias should take appropriate risk management measures by intensifying diagnostics testing, enforcing health certificates, deploying quarantine measures and developing contingency plans.

29 May 2017

Introducing the Greenhouse In a Box

In recent years, global warming has lead to a rapidly changing climate in India, temperatures across the country have reached soaring highs, negatively affecting the crops of many farmers. In fact, farmer suicides in India reached over 8,000 in 2015 as a result of this. Now, a farming technology startup named Kheyti is hoping to remedy this with their Greenhouse in a Box (GIB).

16 May 2017

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