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Global action required for sustainable agriculture

"No country alone will be able to overcome all the challenges we face fully, so we must act globally. Nobody must be left behind."

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Boosting R&D capacity for sustainable agriculture
Boosting R&D capacity for sustainable agriculture

Africa's over-reliance on external institutions is undermining the continent's capacity to strengthen agricultural research and development for improving the livelihoods of millions of people...

By Nteranya Sanginga 3 days ago

Africa farmers need finance that is focused on the entire value chain
Africa farmers need finance that is focused on the entire value chain

Access to finance is needed to unlock Africa's agricultural potential but it cannot be focused on just one aspect of the value chain at the expense of others...

6 Dec 2018

Living Soil: A documentary for all of us
Living Soil: A documentary for all of us

Our soils support 95% of all food production, and by 2060, our soils will be asked to give us as much food as we have consumed in the last 500 years...

6 Dec 2018

In Zambia businesses in the food processing sector, are in for a tough time. flickr/Simon Hess
Small businesses in Africa will be on the frontline of climate change

Climate change is going to have huge consequences all over the world, especially in Africa...

By Kate Gannon, & Declan Conway 6 Dec 2018

We can eat our fish and fight climate change too
We can eat our fish and fight climate change too

Fish and other seafood needs to be included in conversation in order to build more sustainable and climate-friendly food systems...

By Philip A Loring and Ratana Chuenpagdee 28 Nov 2018

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Food security: Africa should be the answer

The focus that agriculture currently enjoys is a golden opportunity for science and skills transfer to position Africa as the solution to the food security conundrum, argues Peter Oberem...

By Peter Oberem 28 Nov 2018

Kenyans can celebrate food price relief, but they are not out of the woods
Kenyans can celebrate food price relief, but they are not out of the woods

Celebrations were in order when Kenya recovered from the 2017 drought, when food price inflation was at double digits, causing political tension during the general election, however...

By Wandile Sihlobo 23 Nov 2018

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The battle for the future of farming: what you need to know

Most concede that there is an urgent need to radically transform our food systems. But the proposed innovations for more sustainable food systems are drastically different...

By Michel Pimbert and Colin Anderson 22 Nov 2018

'Systems thinking' can be used to solve complex food contamination problems
'Systems thinking' can be used to solve complex food contamination problems

"Systems thinking" can help deliver a framework to simulate solutions to pressing food concerns, like the presence of aflatoxins in groundnuts in Africa...

20 Nov 2018

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 14 Nov 2018

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

Why conservation success stories in Tanzania need a closer look
Why conservation success stories in Tanzania need a closer look

By several accounts, 2018 has been a great year for community-based conservation in Tanzania...

By Jevgeniy Bluwstein, Jens Friis Lund & Peadar Breho 2 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

Google donates KSh100m to train Kenyan farmers in digital skills
Google donates KSh100m to train Kenyan farmers in digital skills

Google, in partnership with One Acre Fund, will train 100,000 Kenyan smallholder farmers in digital skills through a KSh100m grant...

23 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

Study in Ethiopia links healthy soils to more nutritious cereals
Study in Ethiopia links healthy soils to more nutritious cereals

Large fields, predictable rainfall and favourable temperatures have meant that farmers in Arsi Negele, a town in southeastern Ethiopia, have benefited from good crop yields. Their production of wheat and maize, two of the main food staples in Ethiopia, have also increased over time. But there are worrying indicators...

By Frédéric Baudron 9 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

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