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Govt unveils crop disease quarantine

MLN is a destructive disease capable of causing overwhelming damage to maize crops and has already caused significant damage in Central Africa and Western Africa...

By Runyararo Muzavazi 2 hours ago

How Zambia could achieve breadbasket status

According to Jervis Zimba, president of the Zambia National Farmers' Union (ZNFU), “The only way we can achieve the status of being a breadbasket is to zero rate agriculture.”

20 Apr 2017

Harmonised regional policies are farmers' lifeline

Stakeholders in the regional agricultural sector have expressed concerns over the delay by Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa member states to harmonise seed policies...

19 Apr 2017

Dangote's move into rice cultivation to reduce Nigeria's food imports

Businessman Aliko Dangote may become the largest exporter of rice in the world by 2021 according to the president of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina...

18 Apr 2017

Collaboration brings Pannar maize varieties to more farmers in Kenya

Pannar Seed, a DuPont seed business in Africa, recently announced the appointment of a local leading agri-input supplier, Elgon Kenya Limited, as its distributor within Kenya for its maize hybrids...

13 Apr 2017

Uganda's second Slow Food Earth Market launched in Manafwa

The objectives of the Manafwa Earth Market is preserving traditional and local products and bringing together small-scale food producers and consumers...

13 Apr 2017

Kenyan avocado farmers receive GlobalG.A.P. certification

More than 300 Kenyan farmers have received GlobalG.A.P. certification - opening the door to the European market - with support from the International Trade Centre...

10 Apr 2017

Agritech Expo Zambia to offer workshops on armyworm and aquaculture

The upcoming Agritech Expo at GART in Chisamba will offer free workshops with practical advice and live demonstrations to help farmers combat challenges and explore new technologies...

10 Apr 2017

Ghana signs MoU's to increase women agriculture participation

Ghana has entered into agreements with two major foreign investment companies in the agricultural sector which have signed an MOU to intensify women's participation in agriculture in Ghana...

6 Apr 2017

Improving cassava production in Nigeria through sustainable seed systems

Businesses selling improved varieties and high-quality cassava stems for cultivation could help African farmers significantly raise their productivity...

6 Apr 2017

Solar technology applied in an ingenious way

A solar power system was considered the logical way in which to provide electricity to power the irrigation pumps on a new macadamia farm on the outskirts of Hazyview, Mpumalanga...

27 Mar 2017

Africa needs its own version of the vertical farm to feed growing cities

The continent has unique opportunities for vertical farms. Future innovators and entrepreneurs should be thinking of how to specialise growing vegetables to meet a rise in demand of Africa's super vegetables...

By Esther Ndumi Ngumbi 27 Mar 2017

Why African countries banning imports of fruit and veg is a blunt tool

Is banning imports a good way to boost the local agricultural sector? Has it worked elsewhere?

By Calestous Juma 22 Mar 2017

Africa's food security challenges driving technological innovation

"Smart farming solutions will become the cornerstone of global food production over the next decade."

20 Mar 2017

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New FAO satellite tool helps African farmers optimise water productivity

With FAO's new tool, the WaPOR open-access database going live, measuring how efficiently water is used in agriculture, particularly in water-scarce countries, is going high-tech. The new tool taps into satellite data to help farmers achieve reliable agricultural yields and allows for the optimisation of irrigation systems.

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