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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...

2 days 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

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

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

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

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

Amid drought and conflict, women try new livestock - bees

As climate change worsens drought and erratic rainfall, competition for water and grazing is growing, stoking rivalry and theft between livestock herders. But an unusual kind of livestock is helping: bees...

By Moraa Obiria 11 Aug 2017

Kenya's herders swap livestock for chillies as drought bites

Over the past year, herders in Kenya's Rift Valley have lost thousands of animals to worsening drought, causing them to switch to farming. Chillies are a safe bet for farmers...

By Isaiah Esipisu 10 Aug 2017

With more than one crop, farmers weather armyworm attacks

An infestation of Fall armyworm has ravaged harvests in Kenya. To protect themselves from total crop failure, farmers grow pulses alongside their traditional crops like maize - a practice known as intercropping...

By Kagondu Njagi 2 Aug 2017

Seed company rolls out maize variety for arid and semi-arid areas

Kenya - The East Africa Seed Company has rolled out a drought-resistant maize variety which takes 90 days to mature. The new maize variety, Tosheka, is targeting the semi-arid areas...

By Irene Mugo 1 Aug 2017

Winners of Resolution Social Venture Challenge agents of change in their communities

21 African social entrepreneurs have been named winners in the Resolution Social Venture Challenge. Impact evaluation data shows that an average of 3,200 community members benefits per fellowship awarded...

20 Jul 2017

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