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

A key inhibitor to achieving long-term sustainability for Africa's agricultural practitioners, particularly small-holder and subsistence-level farmers lies in accessing adequate financing. "There is a real need to unlock financing for small-holder farmers to give them access to mechanisation and other technologies but there is no use in helping them buy a tractor and then they don't have money to buy seed and fertiliser," says Antois van der Westhuizen, managing director of John Deere Financial.

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. Harvests will be affected, threatening agricultural outputs. This could hurt farmers and lead to greater food insecurity.

By Kate Gannon, & Declan Conway 6 Dec 2018