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Published: 14 Aug 2019 22:10

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Nigeria, UAE: Agribusiness: Firm links Nigerian farmers to $100bn UAE market

Hopes of boosting agribusiness in Nigeria brightened on Friday as a consulting and digital technology firm, Crenov8 Consulting, is working on creating a strong linkage between Nigerian farmers and produce buyers in the United Arab Emirates and Africa.

Source: The Sun (09 Aug 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Ghana:  Ghana to Rake in U.S.$12 Billion From PERD

Ghana is set to make billions of dollars from other tree crops aside from cocoa following the successful implementation of the Planting for Export and Rural Development, the Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, has stated. The Ministry of Food and Agriculture, in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, has launched an ...

Source: Ghanaian Times (25 Jul 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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South Africa: SA agricultural sector could be boosted by African free-trade agreement

SA’s agricultural sector could receive a major boost when the African free-trade zone becomes operational in July 2020. According to the Agriculture Business Chamber (Agbiz), an organisation that represents commercial farmers and agribusiness, SA exports roughly 49% of its agricultural products ...

Source: Business Day (06 Aug 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Zambia: Zambia's first agent-based fresh produce market to open in 2020

Zambia’s cholera outbreak of almost two years ago has been the impetus behind the development of the country’s first agent commission-based fresh produce market, specifically aimed at taking the produce of small-scale farmers. Fresh produce sold at informal markets was implicated in the outbreak which killed 114 ...

Source: Fresh Plaza (06 Aug 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya: Kenya’s donkeys could be extinct in four years

Kenya may not have a single donkey by 2023 if the current slaughter rate continues. A new report by Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW) says the rise of slaughterhouses threatens to wipe out the animal. The study traces the problem to the classification of donkeys and horses as food animals seven years ago. This led to the establishment of more slaughterhouses...

Source: Daily Nation (25 Jul 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Production - arable

Egypt: Raya Holding signs €5m loan agreement with EBRD

Raya Holding for Financial Investments, announced on Sunday, that its frozen vegetable and fruit manufacturing subsidiary, Raya Foods, has signed a loan worth €5m Mn with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). This is the first Developmental Financial Institution (DFI) to lend Raya since inception. The loan would provide support the business' rapid ...

Source: Masress (05 Aug 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda:  Stakeholders Eye Sustainable Coffee Resurgence

VALUE addition, increased domestic consumption and promotion of more regional trade are among the measures that can boost sustainable resurgence of the African coffee industry. This was said by African Fine Coffees Association (AFCA), Board Chairman, Ishak Lukenge during the launch of the AFCA Specialty Coffee Expo in Zanzibar on Wednesday. Mr Lukenge, who is a ...

Source: Daily News (29 Jul 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya: Migori farmers grapple with poverty after tobacco firm exit

It is now five years since Alliance One Tobacco closed shop in Migori. Locals say since then, it has been a long period of untold misery and farmers’ hope of a comfortable life has gone up in smoke. Residents had for decades relied on the crop used to make cigarettes for a living. What is now left of the giant industry ...

Source: Daily Nation (04 Aug 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya: 'Like a miracle': Poo powering Kenya's modern farmers

In 35 years working the land, Kenyan farmer Josphat Muchiri Njonge has never seen his coffee shrubs burst with so much fruit on his verdant hillside plot outside bustling Nairobi. Same too goes for the banana and avocado trees swaying on his two-acre (0.8 hectare) family farm in Kiambu. The plot is also lush with kale, spinach, maize and the cereal amaranth. His secret ...

Source: News24 (06 Aug 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Production - livestock

Africa, Ghana:  The 7th All African Conference On Animal Agriculture, Accra 2019 - Innovations for Sustainable Livestock Production

Africa is home to a world of diverse Animal Genetic Resources (AnGR) for food and agriculture which are essential for Africa's food security, and contribute to livelihoods of millions of people within and beyond the continent. The African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR)'s report on the State of Farm Animal Genetic Resources in Africa launched in ...

Source: Ghanaian Times (29 Jul 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya: Agriprenuer milks handsome profits from goats

Walking into Cyrus Ngumo's compound in Kirigiti, Kiambu County, one is usually met with clucking sounds of chickens. In 1996, Ngumo ventured into the business of breeding dogs, which saw him diversify into other types of farming, including chicken and goat rearing. The 54-year-old father of five rears goats for milk, ...

Source: Daily Nation (30 Jul 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya:  Father, Son Join Forces to Set Up First Camel Milk Processor

When Bashir Warsame returned home from the United States in 2014, he had one objective in mind - to invest in the camel milk industry. The agripreneur, 25, a graduate of public administration from the University of Minnesota, did market research and identified a gap in camel milk production and value addition. Together with his father, Hassan Warsame, he traversed ...

Source: Daily Nation (01 Aug 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Nigeria: Promasidor, Ekiti govt collaborate on Ikun Dairy Farm

PROMASIDOR Nigeria Limited has signed a partnership agreement with Ekiti State Government to drive its backward integration initiative, aimed at creating local source of raw materials for its dairy products through the state-owned Ikun Dairy Farm...

Source: Tribune Headlines Today (05 Aug 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Rwanda:  Agric Insurance Scheme Gives Relief to Livestock Farmers

By Emmanuel Ntirenganya During the severe drought that hit Rwanda in 2015 and 2016, Jean Damascene Karani, a livestock farmer from Nyagatare District lost 30 cows. The 79-year-old considered quitting farming after the prolonged drought devastated Eastern Province, leading to severe shortage of pasture and water. According to figures from the Ministry of Agriculture, by ...

Source: The New Times (25 Jul 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Production - non-consumables

Kenya: Horticulture farmers reap big from export crops after forming co-operatives

Small-scale horticulture farmers in Nyandarua County have embraced co-operative societies, which are offering them good returns from crops they previously did not cultivate for lack of market. The societies have for decades been operating as self-help groups and merry-go-rounds of between 10 and 15 members. The groups ...

Source: Daily Nation (24 Jul 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe to legalise growing of industrial hemp

Zimbabwe will change its laws to allow farmers to grow industrial hemp for export, cabinet ministers said on Tuesday, adding that the government saw the plant as a future substitute for tobacco, the country's biggest export earning crop. Industrial hemp is a strain of a cannabis species that is grown specifically for industrial uses ...

Source: IOL (07 Aug 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Production - fishing and aquaculture

Africa, China: Mawei port designation reveals China's ambitions for African fishing

China has clearly set out its ambition for increasing its fishing effort in African waters with the new designation of its third national-level distant-water processing hub ... has long been the base for the 600 distant water-vessels registered in the Fuzhou city limits and which have extensive operations in Africa.

Source: Seafood Source (26 Jul 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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South Africa: Limpopo businessman changes face of crocodile farming in SA

The department of economic development, trade and industry on Monday held up a thriving Limpopo crocodile farmer as a shining example of its efforts to transform the aquaculture sector in South Africa. William Molekoa, whose Mookgophong-based company Crocodile Farming ...

Source: Business Report (12 Aug 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Investment - domestic

Ghana: Private Sector key to Agriculture growth – PEF

Nana Osei Bonsu, Chief Executive Officer, Private Enterprise Federation, on Thursday said the role of the private sector in agricultural development is a key ingredient for the growth of the economy. He said the contributory role that the private sector played in the growth of the agriculture value chain ...

Source: Ghana News Agency (Science) (02 Aug 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Nigeria: CBN, Niger govt partner to facilitate livestock, dairy production

GOVERNOR, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele has expressed the bank's readiness o provide a wide range of agricultural opportunities for the country ...

Source: Tribune Headlines Today (23 Jul 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Tanzania: Bashe’s take on Tanzanian banks in agriculture

Deputy Minister for Agriculture Mr Hussein Bashe says as the government now prepares for major agricultural policy reforms, the country's financial institutions would be included in commenting on how they can fully participate in agriculture. Mr Bashe said this when he visited the NMB Bank ...

Source: The Citizen (00 0000 )  Share  Web Page

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Investment - international

Africa, Japan: Japan expands trade and investments in Africa

In connection with the Tokyo International Conference on African Development, Japanese cumulative FDI in Africa increased from $3.9bn in 2007 to $10bn in 2016 ... There has been a succession of big agribusiness investments by Japanese companies in Africa over the past few years, often by buying stakes in ...

Source: Fresh Plazza (09 Aug 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Côte d’Ivoire, UK: AgDevCo Makes First Investment in Cote d'Ivoire With DekelOil

AgDevCo is pleased to announce a €8.7 million investment into the DekelOil group, a leading agribusiness operating in the palm oil and cashew sectors in West Africa, which places smallholder farmers at the heart of its operations. AgDevCo's investment consists of a 10-year senior secured loan of €7.2 million to DekelOil Cote d'Ivoire,

Source: PR Newswire (12 Aug 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Burkina Faso, Ghana:  Ghana, Burkina open talks to formalise trade relations

Ghana and Burkina Faso have opened talks to formalise trade relations in food crops, the Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, has announced. To this end, Dr Akoto and his Burkinabe counterpart, the Minister for Agriculture and Hydro-agricultural Equipment, Mr Salifou Ouedraogo, met in Changsha, China, to identify ways to capture data as a basis to ...

Source: Graphic Online (Business) (03 Aug 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Ghana, Africa: Ghana: Focus On Agric to Reap Benefits of AfCFTA - Ghana Urged

Agriculture, particularly, food trade remains one of the important areas Ghana should focus on to harness the benefits of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) recently adopted by African heads of state ...

Source: Ghanaian Times (07 Aug 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya, Netherlands: Kenya and the Netherlands to cooperate in agriculture

This Monday, Kenya and the Netherlands signed the terms of reference for bilateral cooperation in agriculture ... the bilateral cooperation specifically seeks to strengthen agribusiness in horticulture, floriculture, potatoes, aquaculture and dairy value chains.

Source: Fresh Plaza (09 Jul 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Nigeria:  Reducing Milk Imports Is Timely

The recent inclusion of milk on the forex restriction list by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)has brought the apex bank into a dispute with major importers in the country's dairy products sector.Many of the operators saw the CBN initiative as a tacit banning of the importation of milk while CBN debunked any insinuation that it has executed such a ban. Speaking after the ...

Source: Daily Trust (02 Aug 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Uganda: Improve standards to attract foreign markets

AGRIBUSINESS. The European Union, the International Trade Center (ITC) and the East Africa Community (EAC) Secretariat have challenged farmers to meet global post handling requirements in order to attract foreign markets...

Source: New Vision (06 Aug 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Zambia, Zimbabwe:  Local Firms to Explore Zambian Market

At least 20 Zimbabwean companies are, this week, participating at the Zambia Agricultural and Commercial Show (ZACS) where they are looking at exploring export opportunities. According to the national trade development and promotion organisation, Zimtrade, Zambia is amongst the top export markets for Zimbabwean products and is a lucrative market for locally produced ...

Source: The Herald (01 Aug 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Development and Aid

Africa, Rwanda: Africa's Key Development Partners formalize their commitment to work jointly to help address food and nutrition security in time

In partnership with the African Union, leaders of four multilateral agencies - The African Development Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Bank-- called a high-level meeting with development partners on August 5-6 in Kigali, Rwanda at the first Africa Food Security Leadership Dialogue (AFSLD). ..

Source: Africa Newsroom (08 Aug 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Malawi:  Chikwawa farmers advised to enhance agribusiness

Chikwawa, July 24, 2019: Farmers under Group Village Head Muonda in Senior Chief Chapananga were on Friday challenged to take agriculture as business and not merely a source of food.   The call was made during campaign launch for Manure Utilization, Irrigation and Feed Preservation Program.   Speaking during the launch, Shire Valley Agriculture Development ...

Source: Malawai News Agency (Agriculture) (24 Jul 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Nigeria:  21,000 Nigerians to Benefit From $200 Million World Bank Agribusiness Initiative

Twenty-one thousand women and youths, drawn from six states of the federation are to benefit from a $200 million World Bank-assisted Agro-Processing, Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) initiative. The APPEALS Specialist, Heather Akanni, made the disclosure at a workshop for the facilitators of the project in Lagos on Tuesday. The six ...

Source: Premium Times (31 Jul 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Nigeria, USA: USAID to facilitate $300m investment in five crops in seven Nigerian states

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) plans to facilitate $300 million investment across five crops in seven states in Nigeria under its Feed the Future Programme. The U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington disclosed this on Tuesday in Abuja during the launch of the Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity. The programme hopes to nurture a ...

Source: Premium Times (News) (06 Aug 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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South Africa: KZN agricultural industry must meet global demands

With the agricultural marketplace becoming increasingly global, KwaZulu-Natal’s agro-processing businesses will be required to meet global demands. KwaZulu-Natal’s Agribusiness Development Agency(ADA) chief executive Zenzele Ndlela says that these global demands come with traceability, phyto-sanitary and sanitary standards

Source: Business Report (11 Aug 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Zimbabwe, USA:  U.S.$11 Million Boost for Beef, Dairy

More than 7 000 smallholder beef and dairy farmers are benefiting from a US$11 million five-year USAID-funded programme which is targeting to boost milk yields and improve livelihoods. The Feed the Future Zimbabwe Livestock Development Programme is being implemented in six districts in Manicaland, Midlands and Matabeleland South. This development programme is ...

Source: The Herald (30 Jul 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Africa: What The Uber of Tractors Means For The Future Of Agtech in Africa

“Capitalism in agriculture, within sub-Saharan Africa, is alive and well,” says Jehiel Oliver. Oliver is the CEO of the agtech company Hello Tractor, whose smartphone app connects smallholder farmers with tractor owners looking to rent...

Source: Forbes (12 Aug 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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South Africa: Africa reaping benefit of harvesting new cash cow

Cattle have long been considered a measure of wealth across Africa but it is not just farmers cashing in. A pioneering app in South Africa allows investors, eager to benefit from rising global beef demand, to buy shares in a cow via their mobile phone for as little as $41 (R580) ...

Source: Business Report (30 Jul 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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South Africa: South Africans can now invest in livestock using this app

South Africa is taking investment in agriculture to a whole new level following the introduction of an application that allows users to invest in livestock through their mobile phones. The pioneering app, “My Farmbook” was introduced by Livestock Wealth, a crowdfunding company that focuses on funding for cattle. With the new service, interested individuals can buy their ...

Source: Ventures Africa (01 Aug 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Uganda: Ugandan entrepreneurs make eco-friendly dryer to cut food waste

Kampala, At their workshop in a Kampala suburb, Lawrence Okettayot and his business partner, both in their mid-20s, drilled holes and screws into a steel-lined, green wooden box designed to dry food in an eco-friendly way. Their invention, a low-tech thermal dehydrator, can be used to process fruits like mango, banana and pineapple, as well as vegetables such as okra ...

Source: The East African (30 Jul 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Nigeria: Sterling Bank unveils Agriculture Summit for Africa

To strengthen agriculture, Sterling Bank brings together policy makers, development agencies, international financial institutions, and value chain players on the continent through Agriculture Summit Africa holding in Abuja from 5th to 6th of September 2019...

Source: Daily Trust (11 Aug 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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South Africa: Agribusiness leaders, fertilizer suppliers support CRU conference 2019

Executives will gather to trade agricultural inputs and discuss investment, partnership, and innovation across the African supply chain. The premier fertilizer marketplace returns to Cape Town International Convention Centre from 1-3 October 2019. The three-day conference is now established in the fertilizer trading calendar ...

Source: Blueprint (05 Aug 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Women and Youth in Agribusiness

Gambia: Banky Njie: Nema Matching Grant is less challenging to access now

The Business Development Officer (BDO) of the National Agricultural Land and Water Management Development Project (Nema), Mr. Banky Njie, has reassured the many determined youths of the country who are aspiring to access the Matching Grant Facility but were finding it difficult, that it’s now “less challenging to access than before” ...

Source: The Point (06 Aug 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Ghana: FAO holds workshop on women and youth-led agribusiness start-ups | Ghana News Agency (GNA)

By Morkporkpor Anku, GNA Accra, Aug. 4, GNA – The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has organized a technical workshop on women and youth-led agribusiness start-up in Ghana. The workshop is part of efforts to facilitate the inclusion of women and youth in responsible investment in Agriculture and food systems on Responsible Agricultural Investment (RAI). ...

Source: Ghana News Agency (Business) (05 Aug 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya: Youth group easily peels money from banana flour

Dressed in white gumboots, matching dustcoat and hair caps, the group of young men and women inspect and weigh bananas delivered by farmers at their plant at Gathinga Youth Polytechnic in Nyeri County. The group that calls itself G-Star buys bananas from farmers and processes them into flour. Charles Wachira, 37, the ...

Source: Daily Nation (24 Jul 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya: Kilifi dairy plan gives farmers reason to smile

Traversing the vast Kilifi County, you realise a feature that is common in many households - one or two dairy cows in a shed. Dairy farming is gaining momentum in the county thanks to a project being implemented jointly between the county government and a community-based organistaion (CBO) known as Sabaki Community Development Project.

Source: Business Daily Africa (05 Aug 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Nigeria, Canada: Canadian govt empowers 10,000 Nigerian youths with $15m in agriculture

The Canadian government has trained about 10,000 youths in Cross river state though a 15million Canadian dollars funding in the agribusiness value chain ranging from Fisheries, Cassava, Poultry among others. The YouLead Project which was initiated 5 years ago ...

Source: Tribune Headlines Today (25 Jul 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Rwanda: Why greenhouse farming is the future of young farmers

Africa’s agriculture sector has made significant progress over the years, but despite the progress, the continent remains a net importer of food. This is despite having 60 per cent of the world’s uncultivated arable land. Africa will have a population of 2 billion by 2050, and agriculture will be central to feeding all of those people. Scientists recommend that ...

Source: The New Times (Business) (06 Aug 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Sierra Leone: Njala University To Establish Agribusiness Centre.

The Vice Chancellor of Njala University has disclosed that they will soon launch the Songhai Centre Model in Njala to serve as a centre of excellence in agribusiness education in West Africa... Professor Abdullah Mansaray said the centre will serve as a hub for youth agripreneurship in the West Africa sub-region...

Source: Global Times (05 Aug 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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South Africa: Women in agri can create jobs, ensure food security

The participation of women in the agricultural sector should be promoted, in order to create much-needed employment opportunities and ensure food security. This was according to Wandile Sihlobo, head of economic and agribusiness intelligence at Agbiz. According to Sihlobo, women constituted between 60% and 80% of smallholder farmers...

Source: Farmer's Weekly (08 Aug 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Kenya: Harvesting water should be the norm, not exception, says expert

Harvesting as much water as possible is the surest way farmers can mitigate the effects of the changing climate, according to Erik Nielsen-Petersen a water engineer. The managing director of Asal Consultants Limited, who has been consulting on water harvesting in Africa and Asia for more than 45 years, says harvesting water ...

Source: Daily Nation News (31 Jul 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Mozambique:  Agribusiness Vs. Agroecology

"It is not surprising, of course, that those with financial interests in the current input-intensive systems are responding to growing calls for agroecology with attacks on its efficacy as a systematic approach that can sustainably feed a growing population. What is surprising is that such responses are so ill-informed about the scientific innovations agroecology offers to ...

Source: Africa Focus (02 Aug 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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South Africa: Insect-only eatery aims to make bugs palatable

Bugs have a lot of potential - as a food source. The average diner may be skeptical, but that's the position of food scientist Leah Bessa and her partners. Their South Africa-based company, Gourmet Grubb, produces ice cream made from an insect-based dairy alternative ...

Source: CNN (12 Aug 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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Zimbabwe:  Govt, John Deere Ink U.S.$50 Million Tractor Deal

Government has signed a US$50 million deal with John Deere that will see the agricultural equipment manufacturer supplying 1 300 tractors that are expected to benefit farmers during the 2019/2020 summer cropping season. The tractors will be distributed to farmers on loan through Agribank. Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement Secretary Mr Ringson ...

Source: The Herald (02 Aug 2019 )  Share  Web Page

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