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New campaign launched to contain a major threat to banana production

Fusarium wilt poses a major risk to the production of bananas - the world's most traded fruit. With more than 400 million people relying on the fruit as a staple food or source of income, it could...

12 hours ago

Dangote: Nigeria is learning how to produce the entire value chain

"We are not going to import anything any longer," said Aliko Dangote in a candid discussion with Claridges in London editor in chief Lionel Barber at the Financial Times' 4th annual Africa Summit...

10 Oct 2017

Governors want bloom back into pyrethrum crop

A number of incoming governors are taking steps to revive the once rosy pyrethrum sector even as more firms seek the regulator's permit to set up operations in Kenya...

By Francis Mureithi 9 Oct 2017

Conflict and climate change lead to a rise in global hunger

Last year about 11% of the total human population (approximately 850 million people on the planet) suffered from daily hunger...

By Evan Fraser 4 Oct 2017

SA companies explore opportunities in Tunisia, Algeria

A delegation of South African companies is currently on a trade and investment mission in Tunisia and Algeria, where they are exploring export markets...

3 Oct 2017

Fertiliser, agribusiness leaders to address challenges at regional conference

Fertiliser and agribusiness leaders will meet in Maputo, Mozambique for the East and Southern Africa Agribusiness Conference from 9-11 October...

22 Sep 2017

FAO director-general calls for renewed commitment to zero tolerance on food loss, waste

FAO director-general José Graziano da Silva has joined in calls for a renewed global commitment to zero tolerance on food loss and waste...

22 Sep 2017

The relationship between drought and famine: lessons from the Horn of Africa

Countries in the Horn of Africa - particularly Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya - are suffering from severe drought due to historically low rainfall and high temperatures...

By Philippe Roudier 22 Sep 2017

Promoting youth employment in agriculture by investing in rural transformation

Farming and rural non-farm-based activities still have untapped potential to generate employment opportunities for the rising youth population in Africa...

21 Sep 2017

How safe is the food on your plate?

It can take up to three months or even more for food to travel from the farm to table. “The longer this supply chain, the less control you have over the product and the harder it is to maintain quality and safety.”

19 Sep 2017

Major investments, partnerships a boost for African agriculture and economy

The signing of a record number of new investments and partnership agreements for inclusive agricultural transformation at the 2017 AGRF have boosted Africa's economic growth prospects...

15 Sep 2017

Sustainable business models key to sustainable modernisation of agriculture in Africa

Key to the sustainable commercialisation and modernisation of African agriculture are sustainable business models...

13 Sep 2017

Climate smart crops: A necessity for future food and nutrition security

It is imperative that we incorporate climate resilience into all aspects of crop breeding and food innovation...

By Bev Postma 12 Sep 2017

Hot weather sweetens harvest for mango farmers

Ever hotter weather and more erratic rainfall have made growing many crops more difficult in Kenya's Machakos County, but one harvest is prospering: mangoes...

By Caroline Wambui 11 Sep 2017

Syngenta takes stock of its 10-year growth plan for its African business

After announcing its 10-year growth plan for its African business in 2012, Syngenta is now halfway through its journey...

8 Sep 2017

Purple tea is taking over the world, one cup at a time

This new brew is the latest in the global health craze to cause quite a stir (pun intended) and it just so happens to come from Meru, Kenya...

By Sharon Mundia 5 Sep 2017

Public, private sector leadership push for more inclusive vision in African development agenda

400 private and public sector leaders gathered on Thursday, 31 August, for the Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg to discuss accelerating and scaling innovations...

1 Sep 2017

What Kenya's government can do to protect, and benefit from, ocean resources

Declining health in Kenya's marine resources is evident in traditional small-scale fisheries, the growth in commercial fisheries, conflicts among fisher groups and in the increased use of gear such as...

By David Obura 28 Aug 2017

Kitchen gardens cultivate bond between refugees, Kenyan hosts

A project in northern Kenya aims to make refugees self-reliant through farming while helping them integrate with the local community...

By Benson Rioba 22 Aug 2017

'Recovery lending' helps disaster-stricken farmers get back on track

Accessing credit has long been a major hurdle for small-scale farmers in Africa, who produce some 70 percent of the continent's food...

By Robert Kibet 16 Aug 2017

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