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

Applications open for SA Wine Industry Innovation Challenge
Applications open for SA Wine Industry Innovation Challenge

Winetech has partnered with Stellenbosch University-based incubator LaunchLab and Faculty of AgriSciences for the first Wine Industry Innovation Challenge.

By Tom Jackson 3 Sep 2018

Nigeria's Alosfarm beta tests big data platform
Nigeria's Alosfarm beta tests big data platform

Nigerian agritech startup Alosfarm has begun beta testing its new big data system and platform with selected users and expects a full-fledged rollout before the end of the year...

30 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

Ghanaian agritech startup Cowtribe planning nationwide coverage
Ghanaian agritech startup Cowtribe planning nationwide coverage

Ghanaian agritech startup Cowtribe hopes to cover all 10 regions of the country in the next 18 months with its solution that helps farmers access animal vaccines quickly and reliably...

By Tom Jackson 28 Aug 2018

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Africa well positioned to feed the world

Africa has all the ingredients to drive global agripreneurship. The continent has land and resources that are pivotal to meeting global food and agricultural needs...

By Heather Dugmore 27 Aug 2018

Focusing on women and youth to transform agriculture
Focusing on women and youth to transform agriculture

Empowering African youth and women with entrepreneurship could boost agriculture in Africa, writes Michael Hailu...

By Michael Hailu 23 Aug 2018

African agriculture has a lot to gain from increased access to big data
African agriculture has a lot to gain from increased access to big data

Data, and access to good reliable data, is becoming an increasingly important tool for science. It can help guide and support decisions in agriculture. These include the way food is produced, how it moves along the food chain, and the way it's stored to avoid food wastage and losses...

By Esther Ndumi Ngumbi 22 Aug 2018

The potential of agri, food systems to create job opportunities for Africa's youth
The potential of agri, food systems to create job opportunities for Africa's youth

Food and Agriculture Organisation director-general has stressed the need to create more jobs for youth and build capacity in rural areas to use digital technologies...

21 Aug 2018

Africa should be the breadbasket of the world says AfDB president
Africa should be the breadbasket of the world says AfDB president

African Development Bank Group president, Akinwumi Adesina has requested that farmers across the African continent be given agriculture technologies to optimise farming outputs and transform agricultural production...

10 Aug 2018

How to show consumers the benefits of genetically modified foods
How to show consumers the benefits of genetically modified foods

Genetically modified (GM) foods for human consumption have long been a subject of intense public debate, as well as academic research...

By David Di Zhang and Grant Alexander Wilson 8 Aug 2018

Farming innovations changing the South African agricultural landscape
Farming innovations changing the South African agricultural landscape

As South Africa establishes itself ever more securely in the modern world, so South African farmers must adapt to a set of new challenges...

By Bruce Hakutizwi 8 Aug 2018

CIAT, Alluvial partnership scales up Nigerian agritech innovation
CIAT, Alluvial partnership scales up Nigerian agritech innovation

The International Centre for Tropical Agriculture has partnered with Alluvial Agriculture to improve Nigerian livelihoods across the food value chain, fostering environmental sustainability of agricultural development...

1 Aug 2018

Kenyan agri-tech startup Tulaa raises $627k funding round
Kenyan agri-tech startup Tulaa raises $627k funding round

Kenyan agri-tech startup Tulaa, which allows smallholder farmers to access inputs, credit and markets, has raised a US$627,000 seed round to fund its continued expansion in the East African country and further develop its platform...

By Tom Jackson 31 Jul 2018

The husband and wife team streamlining the agri supply chain
The husband and wife team streamlining the agri supply chain

Africa could be a "gold mine" for fresh produce if the right solution to prevent excessive post-harvest wastage is found and the husband and wife team behind Kenyan startup, Taimba thinks they have the answer...

By Gabriella Mulligan 25 Jul 2018

Ghana's Complete Farmer launches web farming platform
Ghana's Complete Farmer launches web farming platform

Ghanaian agri-tech startup Complete Farmer has launched its web farming platform, which allows users to sponsor farms in exchange for guaranteed returns on investment after harvest...

By Tom Jackson 24 Jul 2018

Smart farming technologies innovate on production quality
Smart farming technologies innovate on production quality

Data has long been likened to be the equivalent of oil in the digital age. For farmers, the ability to capture, analyse, and gain insights from it in as real-time a manner as possible, can be the difference between success and failure...

23 Jul 2018

Yanmar's YT5113A robot tractor (Credit: Yanmar)
Yanmar's robotic tractors bring autonomous vehicles out to farm

Osaka, JAPAN - We've had autonomous cars, autonomous trucks, and autonomous buses, and now Osaka-based diesel engine manufacturer Yanmar is introducing a new line of robotic tractors...

By David Szondy 23 Jul 2018

Avocados with edible anti-spoilage coating hit US stores
Avocados with edible anti-spoilage coating hit US stores

We've already heard about experimental edible coatings made from silk, pectin and chitosan that increase the shelf life of fresh fruit and vegetables. Now, however, a coating made from waste plant material is being used...

By Ben Coxworth 19 Jul 2018

Africa goes green and digital with a consortium of 30 agritech entrepreneurs
Africa goes green and digital with a consortium of 30 agritech entrepreneurs

Compared to other industries, agriculture has been slow to adopt the leading edge of technologies from the Digital Revolution. The time has come for Africa to experience its own Green Revolution thanks to better access to financing information and technology...

By Aïda El Kohen and Hamza Rkha Chaham 17 Jul 2018

Nigeria's Farmcrowdy wins Digital Business of the Year Award
Nigeria's Farmcrowdy wins Digital Business of the Year Award

Nigerian agri-tech startup Farmcrowdy has won the African Digital Business of the Year Award for its solution that makes farms available for sponsorship...

By Tom Jackson 17 Jul 2018

Farmers curb crime with technology
Farmers curb crime with technology

The Agri Securitas Trust Fund has recently allocated funding for the protection of farmers and their farm workers through specialised technology. The money from the Trust Fund and the plans of farmers, help to protect themselves as well as their farm workers against crime and violence...

13 Jul 2018

Zimbabwe's YouFarm helps farmers raise funding
Zimbabwe's YouFarm helps farmers raise funding

Zimbabwean startup YouFarm is providing collateral-free funding to farmers by allowing users to invest in crops and livestock, and share the profits with the farmer when the produce goes to market...

By Tom Jackson 5 Jul 2018

Agri tech a new normal for sustainable farming in the Western Cape
Agri tech a new normal for sustainable farming in the Western Cape

An 'agri renaissance' of higher yields, reduced costs and improved nutritional value of foods is possible for the Western Cape's R50bn agricultural economy if the farming sector, government and education institutions work together to harvest the benefits of the smart technologies emerging...

2 Jul 2018

Why agribusinesses see IoT data security as a challenge
Why agribusinesses see IoT data security as a challenge

Farming and food chain data being generated with the implementation of IoT by farming machinery has created more entry points for hackers and leaves sensitive information vulnerable. As a consequence, many customers are concerned about data ownership, privacy and security...

20 Jun 2018

How to extend your vineyard's lifetime
How to extend your vineyard's lifetime

Here's how South African wine grape producers can extend the lifetime of their vines through effective water usage, well-planned root management and by eliminating harmful viruses...

14 Jun 2018

From pineapple juice to agtech: Investors hungry for a piece of Africa's food industry
From pineapple juice to agtech: Investors hungry for a piece of Africa's food industry

Africa's agribusiness and food sector registered strong private equity deal activity during May 2018, according to industry information service Africa Private Equity News.

14 Jun 2018

Keeping tabs on genetically modified crops
Keeping tabs on genetically modified crops

"Improving the nutritional quality of sorghum and pearl millet is important, but it is equally vital to determine whether altering the composition of these cereals may lead to unforeseen and/or undesirable consequences that may not be immediately obvious..."

By Dr Alec Basson 7 Jun 2018

Zambia's eMsika helping farmers buy agricultural inputs
Zambia's eMsika helping farmers buy agricultural inputs

Zambian startup eMsika is helping farmers find, buy and receive agricultural inputs in a fast, trustworthy and convenient way, as well as access markets for their produce...

By Tom Jackson 4 Jun 2018

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