Food security in Africa depends on rethinking outdated water law
Food security in Africa depends on rethinking outdated water law

A new study has found that outdated, colonial-era water permit systems across Africa are unintentionally criminalising millions of small farmers who can't obtain permits...

By Barbara van Koppen 3 days ago

Banks urged to plough into Africa's agribusiness
Banks urged to plough into Africa's agribusiness

African banks, insurance institutions and investors have been challenged to relax their stringent requirements for the funding of emerging agribusiness ventures on the continent...

12 Nov 2018

AfDB looks to turn African savannah into global food basket using agritech
AfDB looks to turn African savannah into global food basket using agritech

The AfDB is leading efforts to wake the 'sleeping giant' that is the African savannah and turn it into the cradle of the continent's green revolution...

8 Nov 2018

New report highlights 5 agricultural investment opportunities in Africa
New report highlights 5 agricultural investment opportunities in Africa

Four countries - Tanzania, Morocco, Tanzania and Zambia - offer immediate opportunities with government incentives available for investors...

1 Nov 2018

Airbus launches white paper on aerospace technologies in Africa
Airbus launches white paper on aerospace technologies in Africa

Airbus released The Great Enabler: Aerospace in Africa, a white paper on the role of aerospace technologies in Africa...

31 Oct 2018

Can IoT provide the seeds of growth in Africa?
Can IoT provide the seeds of growth in Africa?

While the continent faces a myriad of challenges, the right application of future technology can play a major role in solving these...

By Reshaad Sha 31 Oct 2018

FAO director-general stresses importance of job creation in rural areas
FAO director-general stresses importance of job creation in rural areas

FAO director-general José Graziano da Silva has warned that migration risks depriving African countries of the young people they need to modernise their agriculture sectors...

29 Oct 2018

Trading while caring for people and planet
Trading while caring for people and planet

Ratifications are moving ahead, if slowly, on the newly signed AfCFTA - the world's largest free trade agreement (with the most member countries) since the founding of the World Trade Organization...

By Richards Munang and Robert Mgendi 22 Oct 2018

Africa agri-food development programme applications now open
Africa agri-food development programme applications now open

The objective of the programme is to develop partnerships between the Irish agri-food sector and African countries to support sustainable growth of the local food industry, build markets for local produce and support mutual trade between Ireland and Africa...

16 Oct 2018

Rice fields in Madagascar. There is a project in the country to increase climate resilience in the rice sector. Shutterstock
The private sector, agriculture and climate change. Connecting the dots

Agriculture plays a key role in food security in Africa. It is also crucial to the economic sector, accounting for between 40%-65% of jobs...

By Richard J.T. Klein 15 Oct 2018

Agriculture to bridge Tanzania - Sweden trade imbalance
Agriculture to bridge Tanzania - Sweden trade imbalance

Tanzania could penetrate the new markets with ease thanks to its potential and the demand for its agricultural produce...

11 Oct 2018

IBM Food Trust launches worldwide with Carrefour on board
IBM Food Trust launches worldwide with Carrefour on board

European retail giant Carrefour has joined other participants involved in building the IBM Food Trust blockchain network...

11 Oct 2018

FAO, AU launch new framework to increase agriculture efficiency
FAO, AU launch new framework to increase agriculture efficiency

The framework offers a detailed look at the history of machinery in Africa and points the way towards addressing challenges and creating new opportunities to assure the successful adoption of mechanisation...

8 Oct 2018

Creating a new, inclusive wealth system based on Africa's continental context
Creating a new, inclusive wealth system based on Africa's continental context

Our continent has a significant amount of untapped wealth which we continue to overlook and oversee because we're always chasing short-term gratification over a longer-term and more inclusive approach to creating wealth...

By James Maposa 8 Oct 2018

Global actions needed to combat fall armyworm
Global actions needed to combat fall armyworm

Fighting fall armyworm requires global efforts as the pest could spread to more countries, warn scientists...

By Gilbert Nakweya 2 Oct 2018

Lifting the lid on the black box of informal trade in Africa
Lifting the lid on the black box of informal trade in Africa

The share of internal trade in Africa remains low, as reflected by official statistics. This is despite numerous regional trade agreements that have led to tariffs removal within the trading blocs...

By Joachim Jarreau, Cristina Mitaritonna and Sami Ben 26 Sep 2018

AfDB, Purdue University host conference on successful farming technologies
AfDB, Purdue University host conference on successful farming technologies

Hosted by the African Development Bank and Purdue University, the Scale Up Conference on Agricultural Innovations is currently under way in Indiana, USA.

26 Sep 2018

Fresh produce trade in Africa continues to be a market leader
Fresh produce trade in Africa continues to be a market leader

Africa's under-utilised resources, rapidly-increasing urbanisation and modern demand-driven consumer food-buying patterns provide vast opportunities to sell fresh produce to the young, informed and modernising consumer...

18 Sep 2018

Could Zambia stimulate fresh produce trade in Africa?
Could Zambia stimulate fresh produce trade in Africa?

The fresh produce industry in Zambia brims with opportunities for the development of modern fresh produce markets that can also stimulate cross-border trade-flow in the entire region...

17 Sep 2018

African startups named winners of Pitch AgriHack
African startups named winners of Pitch AgriHack

Startups from across Africa have been named winners of the annual Pitch AgriHack competition, taking home cash prizes in various sizes...

By Tom Jackson 17 Sep 2018

Top 10 nominees for Innovation Prize for Africa 2018 announced
Top 10 nominees for Innovation Prize for Africa 2018 announced

The top 10 nominees in the African Innovation Foundation's (AIF) Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2018 have been announced...

14 Sep 2018

Sesame oil market continues to see positive growth globally
Sesame oil market continues to see positive growth globally

The global sesame oil market reached 1,917k tonnes in 2016, expanding strongly over the last four years...

13 Sep 2018

Sustainable packaging solutions needed to reduce food waste, scale up trade in Africa
Sustainable packaging solutions needed to reduce food waste, scale up trade in Africa

Food losses and waste are an enormous drain on natural resources. Roughly one-third of the annual food produced globally for human consumption is lost or wasted...

13 Sep 2018

FAO Food Price Index remains unchanged for August
FAO Food Price Index remains unchanged for August

FAO now forecasts global cereal production in 2018 to reach 2,587 million tonnes, a small upward revision from July but a three-year low and 2.4% below last year's record high level...

10 Sep 2018

'Farm-to-school' movement takes root in Canada
'Farm-to-school' movement takes root in Canada

Farm-to-school programs aim to bring healthy, local food into schools, foster food literacy and enhance community connectedness...

5 Sep 2018

What role can Africa play in contributing to global food security?
What role can Africa play in contributing to global food security?

According to Akinwumi Adesina, the president of the African Development Bank, the time has come to view investment and development opportunities in Africa through a totally different lens...

4 Sep 2018

The outbreak of listeriosis is over - Motsoaledi
The outbreak of listeriosis is over - Motsoaledi

Grocery stores have been given the green light to once again stock processed meat on shelves and pack them in lunch boxes...

4 Sep 2018

DAFF cautions Oriental Fruit Fly in the Orange River
DAFF cautions Oriental Fruit Fly in the Orange River

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has warned the public on the detection of the Oriental Fruit Fly (Bactrocera dorsalis) in the Orange River area within the ZF Mgcawu District Municipality...

31 Aug 2018

Agritech startup named winner of Seedstars Uganda
Agritech startup named winner of Seedstars Uganda

Agro Supply, a platform that finances agricultural technologies through mobile micro-savings, has been named winner of the Ugandan leg of the Seedstars World competition.

By Tom Jackson 29 Aug 2018

AfDB offers new financing opportunities for Zambia's water and agriculture sectors
AfDB offers new financing opportunities for Zambia's water and agriculture sectors

AfDB's support to the agriculture sector will be private sector-led. It will support Zambia to reform its agricultural trade policies that allow for private sector participation in the export of agricultural commodities...

15 Aug 2018

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