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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
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
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

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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

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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

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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

Left to Right: Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya Chairman Apollo Owuor welcomes newly-appointed Chief Executive Officer, Hosea Machuki to the association
Kenya's horticulture sector to undergo major changes as new standard comes into play

According to FPEAK Chairman, Apollo Owuor, Kenya's horticulture sector is set to undergo major changes as the country fights to consolidate its international markets...

28 Jun 2017

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Clues and solutions to Kenya's puzzling food price crisis

The Kenyan government has from time to time applied input subsidies to reduce the cost of production. But they haven't always produced the desired effect...

By Timothy Njagi Njeru 2 Jun 2017

Kenya eyes blue economy to net more from fishing
Kenya eyes blue economy to net more from fishing

"The vast coastal and marine water resources Kenya is endowed with is geared towards the sustainable use of the oceans for societal benefits."

By Winnie Atieno 4 May 2017

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Kenyan avocado farmers receive GlobalG.A.P. certification

More than 300 Kenyan farmers have received GlobalG.A.P. certification - opening the door to the European market - with support from the International Trade Centre...

10 Apr 2017

Distell secures majority stake in Kenya-based KWAL
Distell secures majority stake in Kenya-based KWAL

Liquor group Distell has secured a majority stake in the Kenya-based KWAL, which manufactures spirits and wine, for an undisclosed sum...

5 Apr 2017

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Edible oils now on EAC list of sensitive goods

Regional trade ministers have included edible oils manufactured in the EAC on the list of sensitive products, paving the way to increase the import duty levied on them...

By Christabel Ligami 16 Mar 2017

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MasterCard assists 1.1 million African smallholder farmers

The MasterCard Foundation has committed a total of $38.3 million for programmes to improve productivity and market access for farmers in 11 African countries...

7 Mar 2017

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Dairy farmers to benefit from solar-powered coolers

Researchers at Germany's University of Hohenheim have developed solar-powered milk cooling refrigerators for small dairy farmers...

By Kennedy Senelwa 1 Mar 2017

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As solar refrigerator keeps mangoes cold, farmers' profits heat up

Solar-powered cold storage and biological pest control are helping protect Kenya's mangoes from climate change...

By Leopold Obi 22 Feb 2017

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Food prices approaching record highs in East Africa due to drought

The continued drought throughout East Africa has had a significant impact on maize harvests and pushed the prices of staple foods and cereals to very high levels, burdening households and posing special risks for pastoralists...

15 Feb 2017

Beehive fences ward of crop-raiding elephants
Beehive fences ward of crop-raiding elephants

For subsistence farmers, an elephant raid can be devastating. Elephants can consume up to 400kg of food a day...

5 Dec 2016

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Africa hit worst by extreme weather in 2015

Four of the 10 countries hammered hardest in 2015 by climate-boosted extreme weather are in Africa...

9 Nov 2016

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Better livestock policies in Africa offer a pathway out of poverty

A majority of rural households in Africa keep different livestock species. But only a small proportion can afford to keep good quality livestock...

By Thumbi Mwangi 13 Oct 2016

4th Addis Agrofood Exhibition in Ethiopia
4th Addis Agrofood Exhibition in Ethiopia

The fourth International Addis Agrofood Agriculture, Agricultural Machinery, Food, Food Technologies and Packaging Exhibition is one of the fastest growing agro-food events...

27 Sep 2016

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Big business opportunities ahead for Africa - McKinsey

Africa's overall growth has slowed but new research shows long-term fundamentals are strong and there are big business opportunities ahead...

16 Sep 2016

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Water Fund to slake Cape Town's thirst by restoring native bush

Protecting Cape Town's "fynbos" against thirsty invasive plants should improve the city's water supply...

By Munyaradzi Makoni 16 Sep 2016

- Simnai and Phillip Tshuma, smallholder farmers from Hwange, Zimbabwe, show off their sorghum crop planted using fertilizers. Photo: Busani Bafana
Innovative use of fertilisers revives hope for Africa's Green Revolution

Inorganic fertiliser helps boost smallholder farmers' harvests...

By Busani Bafana 5 Sep 2016

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#AfricaMonth: Adopting a new mentality to small-scale farming

It's necessary for smallholder farmers in Africa to innovate and form partnerships with organisations that can help them do so. In this, the farmers of Nakuru county has...

By Cari Van Wyk 23 May 2016