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IITA Director General Nteranya Sanginga (right) welcomes the Nigerian Minister of Finance, the Hon. Kemi Adeosun (left) to IITA, Ibadan. Photo: O. Adebayo, IITA
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...

2 days ago

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

President and CEO of AGT Foods, Murad Al-Khatib, was picked from 59 individuals representing 49 countries and named EY World Entrepreneur of the Year 2017...

2 days ago

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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."

12 hours ago

Development programme empowers small-scale farmers with agricultural knowledge
Development programme empowers small-scale farmers with agricultural knowledge

The Farmer Development Programme aims to provide all farmers in rural SA with agricultural knowledge regarding good planting practices, sustainable farming, business plans, planting techniques and the use biotechnology...

1 day ago

BRICS countries have an important role to play in achieving SDGs
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...

2 days ago

Technology, like this tea-picking machine in Kenya, can harness agriculture’s power to change lives. Reuters/Thomas Mukoya
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 3 days ago

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

$300m term loan facility to boost agriculture in South Africa
$300m term loan facility to boost agriculture in South Africa

Standard Chartered Bank and Land Bank has signed a $300m Term loan facility, backed by a guarantee from MIGA. The facility will support Land Bank in its core business of promoting agricultural productivity...

14 Jun 2017

L-R: Deputy Governor, Osun State, Titilayo Laoye-Tomori; Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola; and Director General of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Dr Nteranya Sanginga at the commissioning of IITA Research and Training Farm in Ago Owu
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

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Is organic farming really organic to the core?

The organic food market has skyrocketed in the past decade. The inclination towards organic products has increased so much that a large majority of organic food consumers have given up on the purchase of conventional food completely...

By Ankit Gupta 13 Jun 2017

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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

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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

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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

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Cracking down on illegal and overfishing

Many fisheries around the world are characterised by excessive fishing effort, low productivity, and inadequate profitability, exacerbating pressures that have led to almost a third of all marine fish stocks being exploited...

9 Jun 2017

SASPA chair, Andre Smit, and Hortgro Science Advisory Council Chair and SAAPPA board member, Stephen Rabe, signed the Bee Charter. At the back Pieter Theron, Nelson de la Querra, Lynette Barnes, Hugh Campbell and Willem van der Pypekamp
Deciduous fruit industry signs charter to protect honey bees

Deciduous fruit grower bodies falling under the Hortgro umbrella signed a Bee & Pollination Charter which aims to address the plight of bees in South Africa...

9 Jun 2017

Livestock died in the devastating fires at Harrismith on 19 September 2014. Photo: Ansie Jooste of the N3 Toll Concession
The Free State cannot afford another drought disaster

The Free State cannot afford another disaster with the drought at its end - given the forecast of another El Niño weather system that can occur in the 2017/18 season. Farmers are asked to protect their grazing and prep for the fire season...

8 Jun 2017

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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

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Meeting the dietary needs of honey bees is tough for South African beekeepers

There are fears globally that bees may become extinct. This would have implications for food security: between 50% and 80% of the world's food supply is directly or indirectly affected by honey bee pollination...

By Tlou Masehela 7 Jun 2017

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#UrbanAgri: How to create an urban farm

The best way to learn how to grow is to start growing and experiment from there, the more experience you get, the more abundant your crop will be. Dig in!

By Cliff Rosen 7 Jun 2017

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PEDI Urban Agriculture Academy to create a cohort of emerging farmers

This urban farmer training academy showcases a ground-breaking organic vegetable growing system...

6 Jun 2017

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#WorldEnvironmentDay: How eating green can help save the planet

Replacing meat, eggs, and dairy with plant-based foods, even just one day a week, can make a tremendous difference, especially as we face water restrictions, shortages of arable land and the threats of climate change...

5 Jun 2017

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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

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Reducing food waste by implementing best practices across food chains

The Fourth International Symposium on Postharvest Pathology opened at the Kruger National Park, Skukuza Camp, 28 May 2017 with a little over 100 plant scientists

2 Jun 2017

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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

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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

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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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Highly contagious disease can decimate tilapia populations

A highly contagious disease is spreading among farmed and wild tilapia and can decimate infected populations. Tilapia Lake Virus (TiLV) has now been confirmed in five countries on three continents...

29 May 2017

Western Cape drought holds serious implications for deciduous fruit industry
Western Cape drought holds serious implications for deciduous fruit industry

The current drought, as well as the predicted long-term drying trends in the Western Cape, has serious implications for the farming of deciduous fruit says HORTGRO...

25 May 2017

Elanco receives $2.86m grant to address food insecurity in East Africa
Elanco receives $2.86m grant to address food insecurity in East Africa

Elanco Animal Health has received a $2.86m grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to provide sustainable development solutions in order to address food insecurity in East African countries...

25 May 2017

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