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Grant agreement to enhance supply and utilisation of fertiliser in Africa

Fund for African Private Sector Assistance (FAPA) donors and the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) has signed a grant agreement which will help increase affordability, accessibility and incentives for fertiliser use among smallholder farmers in Africa and expand the supply and distribution of fertiliser by leveraging investments.

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Insights into the global strawberry market

The global strawberry market reached 9.2 million tonnes in 2016, 5% higher than the previous year. Th market volume underwent a robust expansion from 2007-2016 according to a report published by IndexBox,, increasing with a CAGR of +5%.

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These CRISPR-modified crops don't count as GMOs
These CRISPR-modified crops don't count as GMOs

To feed the burgeoning human population, it is vital that the world figures out ways to boost food production.

By Yi Li 23 May 2018

Toward sustainable ammonia production
Toward sustainable ammonia production

Ammonia, with its unmistakable urinous odour, is a critical ingredient in agricultural fertilisers. With more than 145 million tonnes manufactured annually, only sulfuric acid outranks it as the world's most produced chemicals. Manufacturing this simple molecule, made from just four atoms - one nitrogen and three hydrogen - is, however, surprisingly difficult and one of the most energy-intensive manufacturing processes on the planet, consuming 3 to 5 percent of the world's annual natural gas production.

By Xiaofeng Feng 22 May 2018

From left to right: Nuradin Osman (AGCO Vice President and General Manager Africa), HE Emmanuel Mwamba (High Commissioner in South Africa - Republic of Zambia), Martin Richenhagen (AGCO, Chairman, President, CEO) and Gary Collar (AGCO Snr Vice President and General Manager, Asia-Pacific and Africa)
Serving Africa from Africa: AGCO opens Africa headquarters in Johannesburg

Martin Richenhagen, President, Chairman and CEO of AGCO, Your Agriculture Company, officially opened the company new Africa headquarters in Johannesburg on 21 May 2018. According to Richenhagen, Africa plays a pivotal role in feeding the world's growing population.

22 May 2018

How planting trees can protect cocoa plants against climate change
How planting trees can protect cocoa plants against climate change

Worldwide, areas suitable for cocoa production are predicted to shrink by up to 20-30% over the next 30 years. This is because cocoa trees are already struggling to cope with drier, hotter conditions - attributed in large part to climate change.

By Philippe Vaast 21 May 2018

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Can bees battle climate losses? Harvests aren't sweet as hoped, farmers say

In the middle of a seven-acre woodlot of indigenous trees in Chemare, a village in Kenya's Rift Valley, Charles Ng'ong'oni keeps 164 hollow-log beehives, which in good years bring him a healthy income by producing thousands of litres of honey. Ng'ong'oni, 63, has managed the hives since the 1970s. But these days he is being joined by a growing number of farmers in East Africa - and around the world - who are taking up beekeeping as a way of broadening their income in the face of wilder weather, including heat, droughts and floods that can decimate crops.

By Moraa Obiria 21 May 2018