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Kenya's horticulture sector to undergo major changes as new standard comes into play

According to FPEAK Chairman, Apollo Owuor, Kenya's horticulture sector is set to undergo major changes as the country fights to consolidate its international markets...

21 hours ago

EkoFarmer: High-tech turnkey solution for businesses who want to grow their own

Finish enterprise Exsilio has developed a high-tech solution comprising a redesigned container for growing salad and herbs, among others, in urban environments. The social aspect of urban farming is also prominent...

1 day ago

Skills development in agriculture should be seen as an investment

The population from which agriculture will draw the next several generations of employees will be under 30 years old. It is important that the youth own the skills they need to build a competitive and resilient agriculture sector...

2 days ago

#YouthMonth: Entrepreneur has high hopes for castor oil producing company in Africa

Thabang Mabapa's Selokong Sa Dimelana project grows castor seed crops for the commercial production of castor seed oil as an alternative biofuel. We wanted to find out a bit more about this inspiring young entrepreneur...

By Cari Coetzee 22 Jun 2017

Climate imperils Ethiopia's coffee output: study

Climate change could wipe out more than half of Ethiopia's coffee production unless farmers move to higher ground, scientists warned. Climbing temperatures and dwindling rainfall have already degraded prime growing areas...

20 Jun 2017

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

BRICS countries have an important role to play in achieving SDGs

BRICS countries have an important role to play in achieving the international goals to eradicate hunger and poverty by 2030. They form an important economic block. Together they produce more than one-third of global cereal production...

20 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

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

Blockchain seen as tool in food safety

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...

6 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: Land of milk and beef?

Investing in Africa's beef and dairy industries could be a boom for global agriculture, but it does come with some baggage...

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

#AfricaMonth: Quality agricultural education essential to increase productivity in Africa

In spite of declining growth rates and recent credit downgrades in many African countries, a growing labor force and vast expanses of arable land, point to significant opportunities...

By Howard Blight 29 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

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

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