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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 3 days ago

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Why controlling rats on small-scale African farms is vital for food security

Agricultural pests are one of the key factors affecting smallholder farmer production. In many parts of Africa, large population outbreaks of rodents occur often and can sometimes lead up to 100% crop loss...

By Lourens Swanepoel 4 Aug 2017

With more than one crop, farmers weather armyworm attacks
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

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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
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

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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
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

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Low rainfall could lead to poor Western Cape wheat harvests

The Western Cape is the biggest contributor to the country's wheat harvest. There is a real possibility that poorer rainfall may occur over the next few years which could lead to poorer harvest...

21 Jul 2017

The 2017 Resolution Social Venture Challenge winners
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

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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

Fall armyworms on march across Africa
Fall armyworms on march across Africa

Fall armyworm has spread to 21 African countries and threatens the continent's main food staple, maize. Fall armyworms pose a big threat to the continent's agriculture...

By Sora Halake 19 Jul 2017

Urban wastewater for food security: Averting the next health crisis in Africa
Urban wastewater for food security: Averting the next health crisis in Africa

Wastewater is the one resource (unlike land, labour, or fresh water) that is continuously growing in volume and used to cultivate vegetables, grains, animal feed, and fish at a larger scale than we ever realised...

By Christopher A. Scott 18 Jul 2017

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Addressing land redistribution through the One Household One Hectare policy

The focus of the 1HH 1H programme is growth through redistribution. The policy gives effect to the department's mandate for access to land on an equitable basis and secures tenure of beneficiaries...

By Yolisa Mfaise 18 Jul 2017

#CSIMonth: An opportunity to use commercial enterprises to ensure global food security
#CSIMonth: An opportunity to use commercial enterprises to ensure global food security

We chat to President and CEO of AGT Foods, Murad Al-Katib, the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year 2017, about his win, entrepreneurship and feeding the world...

By Cari Coetzee 18 Jul 2017

Africa's tropical forests could be next in line as global food demand grows
Africa's tropical forests could be next in line as global food demand grows

Trends in rapid deforestation across the Amazon and Southeast Asia could spread to Africa. In particular, some worry that continued demand for commodity crops will lead to large-scale agricultural expansion...

By Elsa Ordway 13 Jul 2017

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ICRAF presents the role of evidence and improved soil management for land restoration in sub-Saharan Africa

Fertile soils across the continent are under threat due to climate change and poor land management. Soil is a key component to solving Africa's challenges to ensure food security and address climate change...

By Susan Onyango 12 Jul 2017

Food commodity prices to remain low over next decade - OECD, FAO
Food commodity prices to remain low over next decade - OECD, FAO

Global food commodity prices are projected to remain low over the next decade...

10 Jul 2017

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Growing food in the post-truth era

The global food system has been operating in post-truth mode for decades. Having constructed food scarcity as a justification for a second Green Revolution, Big Agriculture now employs...

By Alana Mann 6 Jul 2017

Food economies at risk of distortion by formal sector grocery retail
Food economies at risk of distortion by formal sector grocery retail

The Grocery Retail Sector Market Inquiry, initiated by the Competition Commission, has received input from the Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation...

6 Jul 2017

uMATI project manager, Graham Armstrong with Mayor of Mpofana, Xolani Duma, who has offered his full support to the initiative.
KZN Midlands farmers driving agricultural transformation on all levels

uMATI - with the agenda to facilitate meaningful change from the ground up - is a non-profit organisation initially established in 2015 out of a need to create a sustainable water supply for the community in the area...

6 Jul 2017

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How a lack of access to reliable weather data is hurting African farmers

Farmers can't access reliable and usable weather data. Information is often unavailable and even if it does exist, the quality is poor or it's inaccessible to those who need it most...

By Stephen Yeboah 5 Jul 2017

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Global status of commercialised biotech/GM crops

A year after the second decade of commercialisation of biotech/GM crops in 2016, 26 countries grew 185.1m hectares of biotech crops - an increase of 5.4m hectares or 3% from 179.7m hectares in 2015...

4 Jul 2017

After 25 years of progress, world hunger is on the rise again
After 25 years of progress, world hunger is on the rise again

Since 2015, the number of hungry people in the world has increased...

3 Jul 2017

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Common pesticides can harm bees, but the jury is still out on a global ban

Some of the world's most widely used pesticides can be harmful to bees, according to the first large-scale studies aimed at measuring the impact of compounds called neonicotinoids...

By Phil Lester 3 Jul 2017

The Kouga Dam stands at just 18.6% capacity. Image Supplied
Gamtoos River Valley farmers face dire water cuts

The Gamtoos Irrigation Board has announced that more than 200 citrus, vegetable, and dairy farms in the Gamtoos River Valley that rely on water from the Kouga Dam will have their annual water allocation for 2017/18 cut by 60%...

3 Jul 2017

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