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Published: 08 Aug 2020 17:40

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Africa:  Crop Disease Pandemic Coming 'Sooner Rather Than Later'

Global trade and monoculture will lead to crop disease pandemics that jeopardise world food systems, experts warn. A healthy wheat crop in Uganda, just weeks from harvest, turns into a tangle of black stems and shrivelled grains. As much as 80 per cent of the harvest is lost, a fate that destroys the farmer's investment in the fields and damages the livelihood of the ...

Source: SciDev.Net (26 Jul 2020 )  Share

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Africa: Africa’s fertilizer sector and the Bank’s High 5s

According to the UN’s  2019 State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World, hunger is on the rise in almost all African sub-regions, making the continent the region with the highest prevalence of undernourishment, at nearly 20%. The continent is still not able to feed itself, and there is an urgent need to improve agricultural productivity. Although ...

Source: African Development Bank Group (News and Events) (13 Jul 2020 )  Share

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Kenya:  Unilever Tea Workers Escalate Fight for Reparations to UN

Tea giant has said it is not responsible for murder and rape of workers and their families on its subsidiary's plantations. A group of Kenyan tea plantation workers who say Unilever failed to protect them from ethnic violence have escalated their battle for reparations to the United Nations. The 218 victims include the ...

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation (01 Aug 2020 )  Share

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Namibia:  Namibian Market 'Not Too Small'

The statement that the Namibian market is too small for local production to thrive is not true - especially not for the agricultural sector in which most of what is consumed is imported. Rather, it is the cost of production in the sector that may have kept many entrepreneurs and investors at bay and if so, incentives should be introduced. These are some of the points ...

Source: The Namibian (06 Aug 2020 )  Share

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South Africa:  Agriculture to Aid SA Post-Covid-19 Revival

Cape Town — SOUTH Africa's agricultural industry is projected to continue outperforming other sectors and aid the recovery of an economy battling the effects of the coronavirus scourge. The defiant mood of the sector in the face of the economic challenges conceded in the first quarter of 2020 (1Q 20) buoys the projections. South Africa recorded contractions of ...

Source: CAJ News Agency (23 Jul 2020 )  Share

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South Africa:  Workers in Cape Wine Industry Face 'Job Massacre'

Over a dozen wine farms are taking government to court over the new blanket ban on alcohol sales Wine producers already reeling from previous bans on alcohol warn that the new total ban is the nail in the coffin for them. They doubt that table wine sales contribute much to medical emergencies from alcohol abuse. Workers stand to lose not only their jobs but their ...

Source: GroundUp (21 Jul 2020 )  Share

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Zimbabwe:  Funding White Farmers' Compensation

The signing of an agreement between the government and white commercial farmers whose land was dispossessed has sparked a debate on how the huge US$3,5 billion compensation would be financed. There is fear that government has taken debt, meaning the taxpayer would be effectively funding the compensation for a private benefit. This writer is privy to the initial ...

Source: Zimbabwe Independent (07 Aug 2020 )  Share

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Development and Aid

Ethiopia, France: Ethiopia, France Sign 20 Million Euros Grant Agreements

The governments of Ethiopia and France have signed two grant agreements amounting to 20 million...

Source: Walta Information Center (26 Jul 2020 )  Share

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Ghana: Agribusiness receives timesly boost for growth in Ghana

Agriculture has over the years been the driving force behind Ghana’s economic growth. With the country’s shift in focus from aid to trade to drive its development agenda, a robust agribusiness sector will be pivotal in powering this change and giving an effective meaning to the new mantra of “trade, not aid.” In pursuit of this goal however, the important role of ...

Source: GhanaWeb (Business) (14 Jul 2020 )  Share

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Kenya:  E-Voucher System for Small Farmers to Access Inputs Starts in October

Smallholder farmers will soon start receiving e-vouchers from the government to enable them to access inputs like fertilisers. The initiative, according to Agriculture Principal Secretary Hamadi Boga, will begin in the short rains season this October and they expect some 200,000 farmers to benefit from the e-voucher system as government re-engineers the way it offers ...

Source: The Nation (17 Jul 2020 )  Share

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Malawi:  Malawi Launches U.S.$6,8 Million Project to Improve Agriculture Productivity, Profitability

Malawi is expected to benefit from a five-year Development of Smart Innovation through Research in Agriculture (DeSIRA) project, which seeks to improve productivity, profitability and sustainability of agriculture and food systems in a number of countries across the globe. The project, which the European Union (EU) is financing to the tune of €6.3 million ...

Source: Nyasa Times (23 Jul 2020 )  Share

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Niger:  Ifad Invests €77.7 Million in Niger for Food and Nutrition Security and Climate Change Resilience

Rome — The International Fund for Agricultural Development of the United Nations (IFAD) today announced a new project that will boost support for about 210,000 poor rural households in Niger that are vulnerable to climate shocks and food insecurity. In Niger, most people live in rural areas and depend on small-scale family farming and livestock production for their ...

Source: International Fund for Agricultural Development (20 Jul 2020 )  Share

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Sierra Leone:  World Bank U.S.$30 Million Grant to Boost Smallholder Farmers

The World Bank Board of Executive Directors has approved a $30 million International Development Association (IDA) grant to support agricultural productivity and access to markets for smallholder farmer-agribusiness in Sierra Leone. The additional financing for the Smallholder Commercialization and Agribusiness Development Project (SCADeP), according to a release from ...

Source: Concord Times (22 Jul 2020 )  Share

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Tanzania:  Tanzania Banks On Agriculture to Achieve Upper Middle Income Status

Sumbawanga — Agriculture has what it takes to boost Tanzania's economic growth and elevate the country's status to an Upper Middle Income Country (UMIC), a senior government official has said. On July 1, 2020, the World Bank elevated Tanzania from a Least Developed Country (LDC) to a Lower Middle Income Country (LMIC). The World Bank put Tanzania's per capita ...

Source: The Citizen (07 Aug 2020 )  Share

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Investment - domestic

Botswana:  National Development Bank to Reposition As an Agri-Bank

Gaborone — Chief executive officer of the National Development Bank (NDB) Ms Lorato Morapedi has revealed that as part of its business continuity plan, the bank will reposition as an Agri-bank. This, she stated during a press briefing in Gaborone on July 25, was part of a review of the bank's Letsema Strategy for 2019-2022 which would target emerging and commercial ...

Source: Botswana Daily News (27 Jul 2020 )  Share

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Tanzania:  Tanzania Seizes Eight Flower Farms Abandoned By Defaulters

Arusha — Tanzanian government is seeking new investors for eight premium horticultural farms in Arusha that it has repossessed. According to Deputy Agriculture Minister Hussein Bashe, the farms, located on the southern slopes of Mount Meru, were once pioneer producers of barley, wheat, flowers and vegetables, but have been lying idle after being abandoned for over ...

Source: The Citizen (23 Jul 2020 )  Share

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Investment - international

Kenya, Cyprus: PE fund to invest Sh535m in Kenya agribusiness SMEs

Cyprus-based private equity firm Vital Capital will invest up to Sh535 million in small and medium agribusiness enterprises in Kenya in partnership with the US government’s Kenya Investment Mechanism (KIM) that was set up to help firms affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Source: Business Daily Africa (22 Jul 2020 )  Share

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Liberia, USA:  Taa Wongbe Rallies Foreign Investors Interest in Rice Production for Liberia

Taa Wongbe, a senatorial candidate hopeful in Nimba County for the pending December 8 Special Senatorial Election across Liberia, has begun negotiation with a top business tycoon in the United States of America to consider investing his money into rice farming in Liberia so as to curtail the hundred percent importation of the country’s staple food, rice.

Source: Liberian Observer (17 Jul 2020 )  Share

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Production - agricultural products

Zambia: Zambia leather industry takes knock from Covid-19 pandemic

JOHANNESBURG - Zambia's leather industry has not been spared from the negative socio-economic impact of the Covid-19 health crisis, which has restricted movement and ultimately demand for items like shoes, the head of a leading company in the sector said on Wesdnesday. "Our industry is feeling the pinch of this pandemic. It has disrupted the way we do business, our ...

Source: IOL Independent (05 Aug 2020 )  Share

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Production - arable

Botswana:  Bamb Anticipate Bumper Harvests This Season

Gaborone — Botswana Agricultural Marketing Board (BAMB) Chief Executive Officer, Mr Leonard Morakaladi says this season's harvest outlook is good. Briefing the media in Gaborone on Saturday Mr Morakaladi said BAMB's silos had capacity to hold 40 000 metric tonnes of sorghum and the board was anticipating extra 20 000 to 25 000 metric tonnes. Mr Morakaladi added ...

Source: Botswana Daily News (28 Jul 2020 )  Share

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Cameroon:  Tomato Farmers Count Losses to Wild Weather and Lockdown

Yaounde — Too little rainfall and then too much has paired with coronavirus impacts in Central Africa, leaving growers struggling Tomato farmer Gregory Ngwana is used to good years. But this season, wild weather - too little rainfall and then too much - has paired with Cameroon's coronavirus lockdown to slash harvests, make transport difficult and drive away ...

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation (04 Aug 2020 )  Share

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Cameroon: Septentrion : à grands pas

La mécanisation et la modernisation des pratiques culturales se développent dans le Grand Nord à une vitesse appréciable. Wassandé et Borongo dans l’Adamaoua. Yoko-Vognha dans le Nord. Yagoua dans l’Extrême-Nord. Trois sites. Trois cultures. Le maïs pour la première plateforme. Le coton pour la deuxième. Le riz pour la ...Translate

Source: Cameroon Tribune (23 Jul 2020 )  Share

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Ethiopia: Teff Disruption Pushes Tigray State Switch to Sorghum

Due to the supply disruption and price hike of teff, Tigray Regional State is considering increasing the production and consumption of sorghum in the Regional State.

Source: Addis Fortune (29 Jul 2020 )  Share

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Ethiopia:  Coffee Prices More Unpredictable Than Ever

After the Ethiopian Coffee & Tea Authority established a daily minimum price for coffee exporters, reviews remain mixed. While some say it increases exporters' bargaining power, others argue that the minimum price does not factor in the nation's supply chain or the domestic price, writes GELILA SAMUEL, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER. "Should I kill myself or have a cup of ...

Source: Addis Fortune (23 Jul 2020 )  Share

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Nigeria:  Why Wheat Farmers Are Having Difficult Time

Expert suggests way out Wheat is the only grain that is yet to record significant progress since 2011, with many farmers now going out of production. Despite being high in demand, successive administrations in Nigeria failed to improve its production, prompting some farmers to call it "political crop" because they believe its neglect is political; not economical. ...

Source: Daily Trust (16 Jul 2020 )  Share

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Tanzania: Avocado – the rising star of Tanzanian horticulture

While only some seven years ago domestic production was close to zero, the crop has now become a key export for Tanzania.

Source: How We Made It in Africa (16 Jul 2020 )  Share

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Tanzania:  Competing Interests in Cloves and Forests in Isles

ZANZIBAR harvested 8,000 tonnes of cloves in 2017-2019, the highest ever in the past decade as it struggles to revive the clove industry to restore its status as a leading producer of the spices in Africa. While motivating farmers to grow more cloves and increase production, the government has also been promoting forest conservation in the archipelago amid a rapid ...

Source: Tanzania Daily News (15 Jul 2020 )  Share

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Production - fishing and aquaculture

Gambia:  2 Fish Feed Mills, Aquaculture Facility in Jahally, Kuloro Inaugurated

The government of The Gambia, through the Ministry of Fisheries, Water Resources and National Assembly Matters, with funding from United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on Tuesday, 7 July and Wednesday 8 July inaugurated fish feed mills and aquaculture facility in Jahally, Central River Region (CRR); and at Kuloro, Kombo East. The FAO-funded project is ...

Source: The Point (13 Jul 2020 )  Share

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Liberia:  NaFAA Employees Undergo int'l Trainings

More than 40 employees in different fields at the National Fisheries and Aquaculture NaFAA will this Monday July 20, 2020 begin an intensive international capacity building training in Monrovia. The participants will be certificated following the month international training program. According to a press release issued in Monrovia, this followed a recent agreement ...

Source: The New Dawn (21 Jul 2020 )  Share

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Liberia, China:  Liberian Fishermen Unite to Oppose the Licensing of Six Chinese Supertrawlers

Monrovia — The arrival in Liberia of six Chinese supertrawlers with the potential to catch over 12,000 tonnes of fish a year - nearly twice the nation's sustainable catch of key fish populations - has sparked outrage among small-scale canoe fishers. The Liberia Artisanal Fishermen Association and the Grand Cape Mount County and Montserrado County Community Management ...

Source: FrontPageAfrica (16 Jul 2020 )  Share

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Namibia:  Fishcor Subsidiary Denies Dark Deals

A FISHCOR subsidiary that is largely owned by South African businessman Adriaan Louw says the company was not involved in money laundering linked to the Fishrot corruption scandal. However, the company - Seaflower Pelagic Processing - failed to provide a report to publicly declare its innocence. Seaflower Pelagic Processing issued a statement published in newspapers ...

Source: The Namibian (31 Jul 2020 )  Share

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Seychelles:  Sea Cucumber Catch Up 35% in Seychelles

The Seychelles Fishing Authority (SFA) has recorded an increase of 35 percent in sea cucumber catches on Seychelles' Mahe Plateau for the 2019/2020 season. Vincent Lucas, the chief fisheries officer at the authority, told SNA in an interview that "this season we have recorded a higher level of activities compared to previous years." This he said has caused the ...

Source: Seychelles News Agency (20 Jul 2020 )  Share

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Uganda:  Costly Fish Feeds Sinks Farmers in Huge Losses

Fish farmers in western region travel as far as Wakiso, Kajjansi, Jinja, Mbale and Tororo in eastern Uganda to buy quality fish fingerlings (fish seed) due to lack of suppliers in the sub-region. Kajjansi hatchery in Wakiso District is government owned. The government owned hatchery in Ruhandagazi in Bushenyi Municipality that is supposed to be serving farmers in the ...

Source: The Monitor (04 Aug 2020 )  Share

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Uganda:  Worry As Illegal Fishing Returns On Lake Victoria

Following the deployment of soldiers on Lake Victoria three years ago, illegal fishing drastically reduced and fish stocks considerably increased. Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries records indicate that fish stocks have increased by 40 per cent in the last three years. Despite this milestone, there are fresh concerns of some unscrupulous fishermen ...

Source: The Monitor (22 Jul 2020 )  Share

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Production - livestock

Africa: Transforming Africa’s livestock sector is key to food security amid surging demand for meat, milk – Report

KIGALI – Africa will be unable to meet the demand for meat and milk by 2050 and benefit from growth in the livestock sector unless countries adopt new policies and innovations, a new report has found. Meat consumption per capita across Africa is expected to increase from 19kg a year to 26kg a year by 2050 while demand for milk is likely to increase from 44kg per person ...

Source: PML Daily (16 Jul 2020 )  Share

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Botswana:  Pork Demand Exceeds Supply

Gaborone — Botswana pork industry is said to be producing less than half of the national demand of 1500 tonnes per year. In an interview with BOPA recently, the Ministry of Agriculture Development and Food Security, Senior Scientific Officer, Mr Othusitse Sebolaakhudu, said in 2019, the country produced 477 tonnes and imported 518.99 tonnes of processed pork ...

Source: Botswana Daily News (05 Aug 2020 )  Share

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Ethiopia: Poultry Industry Incurs 123m Br in Losses

Fourteen poultry farms under the wing of the Ethiopian Poultry Producers & Processors Association declared over 123 million Br in losses due to the changing economic and market conditions brought on by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Source: Addis Fortune (29 Jul 2020 )  Share

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Kenya:  Animal Welfare Group Faults Battery Cage Poultry Rearing System

An animal welfare lobby group is strongly opposing the battery cage poultry rearing system, saying it denies the birds their rights to movement and exposes them to high stress levels. Africa Network for Animal Welfare (Anaw) says though the cages are fast gaining popularity in Kenya and Africa in general, they come with both pros and cons, and the disadvantage are ...

Source: The Nation (05 Aug 2020 )  Share

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Africa: AU Commissioner reiterates commitment to agriculture

Speaking last Thursday, from Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), in the debates of the ninth meeting dubbed "Strategic Triangle: Latin America - Europe - Africa", the official stressed the intention to make the continent less and less dependent on imports of products of the basic food group. As an example, she said that in 2019 the continent spent around US $ 47 billion to ...

Source: Angop Angola Press Agency (24 Jul 2020 )  Share

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Uganda:  Find Lasting Solution to Our Surplus Sugar

Uganda is now a surplus producer of sugar. Ministry of Trade statistics show that Uganda produces 510,000 tonnes of sugar. Of these, only 360,000 tonnes are consumed locally. The surplus of 150,000 tonnes is exported within East Africa, Comesa and DR Congo. Two weeks ago, Kenya's Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya banned sugar imports and revoked all the import ...

Source: The Monitor (24 Jul 2020 )  Share

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Liberia:  Farmers Depleting Gio National Forest

Concerns are said to be mounting over the depletion of the Gio National Forest due to persistent farming activities within the reserve, despite the strict rules banning people from farming in it. The Gio National Forest is situated in the Tappita ...

Source: Liberian Observer (16 Jul 2020 )  Share

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Land rights/Land reform

Kenya:  Land Rights Battle Inches Kenyan Rice Farmers Closer to Title Deeds

Without title deeds, many rice farmers cannot get loans and have no say over how much they grow or what they sell it for. NGURUBANI, Kenya - W hen Wilson Kariuki's three younger children finish high school, the Kenyan rice farmer will not have to worry about paying to send them to a university far from home, as he did with his two eldest. Instead, they can attend a ...

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation (23 Jul 2020 )  Share

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South Africa:  Land Reform Benefits Elite and the Politically Connected

South Africa's land reform programme was supposed to ensure that the impoverished get to own and work the land. Now, only the politically connected and economically included are benefitting. The majority of actual beneficiaries of land reform to date are from the urban middle class, according to the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (Plaas). The institute ...

Source: Notes from the House (07 Aug 2020 )  Share

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Africa: ‘Cooling’ Opportunity: Scaling post-harvest technologies in Africa

Amidst the uncertainty during the COVID–19 pandemic, matching food supply with demand is becoming a major problem, especially given the logistics bottlenecks arising from lockdowns and restricted movement.  Fresh produce is accumulating at farms, resulting... The post ‘Cooling’ Opportunity: Scaling post-harvest technologies in Africa appeared first on ...

Source: Ventures Africa (27 Jul 2020 )  Share

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Africa:  How Smart Investments in Technology Can Beef Up Africa's Economy

There is no shortage of technological innovations designed to boost animal agriculture in Africa. These range from GPS tracking systems which identify and trace pastoralists' herds to livestock vaccine SMS services that alert farmers to disease outbreaks. But to unlock the economic potential of the sector as demand for meat and milk swells threefold towards 2050, ...

Source: The Conversation (24 Jul 2020 )  Share

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East Africa: Profit-making idea: Cold chain solutions in East Africa

Cold-storage is underdeveloped in many sub-Saharan African countries.

Source: How We Made It in Africa (16 Jul 2020 )  Share

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Kenya:  Maize Gene Could Lure Natural Enemies of Crop Pests

Nairobi — Scientists have identified genes in local maize varieties that can fight off stemborers by summoning their natural enemies, raising hopes for pest-resistant varieties for African smallholders, a study says. Stemborer -- an insect larva that bores in plant stems -- is causing smallholders in Sub-Saharan Africa yield losses of about US$1.5 billion a year ...

Source: SciDev.Net (26 Jul 2020 )  Share

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Nigeria:  Firm Launches Tractor Hiring App to Boost Agric Productivity

Origin Automotive Works, a leading indigenous technology firm, has unveiled a new tractor hiring App, "Tractor on the Go", as part of efforts to revolutionise agricultural and farming practice in Nigeria. With the innovation which resulted from five-year painstaking efforts, the company has helped in building a robust platform, infrastructure base across the 36 states; ...

Source: Daily Trust (24 Jul 2020 )  Share

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Uganda:  Makerere Lecturer Develops Tick Vaccine

Dr Margaret Saimo Kahwa, a veterinary doctor at Makerere University, has made a mark in the world of Science. Dr Saimo has developed an anti-tick vaccine to address the problem of ticks resistance to acaricides -the chemicals used to spray against ticks, a factor upsetting the Shs27 billion worth livestock sector in the country. Controlling ticks and tick-borne ...

Source: The Monitor (04 Aug 2020 )  Share

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Women and Youth in Agribusiness

Gambia:  Nedi Trains 85 On Agro-Entrepreneurship

Eighty-five youth and women entrepreneurs recently benefited from ten-day training on agro-entrepreneurship organised by the National Enterprise Development Initiative (NEDI). The training was funded under the European Union/TEKKIFI Project, is being implemented by the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ). It was held at the Rural Development Institute ...

Source: The Point (30 Jul 2020 )  Share

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Ghana, Canada:  Canada, Agrihouse Partner to Promote Women in Agriculture

The Canadian High Commission in Ghana, for the second year running, is partnering Agrihouse Foundation, for the 2020 edition of the Annual Women in Food and Agriculture Leadership Training Forum and Expo (WOFAGRIC). In a release issued in Accra by the organisers, Agrihouse Foundation, the Canadian High Commission, said the event was "directly in line with Canada's ...

Source: Ghanaian Times (13 Jul 2020 )  Share

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Kenya: EU targets youth, women with Sh5bn agribusiness project

The European Union (EU) has unveiled a Sh5.1 billion programme to assist Kenyan agricultural ventures access training on innovations and entrepreneurship.

Source: Business Daily Africa (17 Jul 2020 )  Share

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Kenya, Israel: Israel-trained Kenyan youths to get agribusiness funds

The funding will see the trainees get up to Sh1 million as capital to start their agri-business projects. Four years ago, President Uhuru Kenyatta and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed a partnership that would see Kenyan students trained in Israel and on completion of their course, placed on employment in agricultural institutions locally.

Source: Business Daily Africa (28 Jul 2020 )  Share

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Nigeria: How We Are Using Viable X To Raise Millionaires Through Agriculture – Farm4Me CEO, Adama

Few months after the launch of Viable X, the innovatory online agribusiness platform, has proven its creator and investors right that agriculture is a feasible business and a reasonable way of empowering members of the society. The astronomical rise number of registered members on the platform and the exceptional volume of the transactions recorded so […]

Source: Leadership (31 Jul 2020 )  Share

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