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Cash transfer programming across Africa helps communities take charge of their own recovery

September 17th, 2018 / ReliefWeb

Cash-based interventions are transforming the way humanitarian aid is being delivered. We have seen a dramatic increase in the use of cash globally by 40 per cent between 2015 and 2016 (State of the World’s Cash Report, 2018). At least 28 countries in Africa have had some experience with cash-based …

Africa: global hunger continues to rise with Africa worst hit – UN Report

September 17th, 2018 / AllAfrica.com

The population of hungry people is rising across the world, a UN report has shown, with more than a quarter of them in Africa.
Out of the 821 million people who faced shortage of food in 2017, 257 million were found in the continent.
A new report on the State of Food …

How to integrate African smallholder farmers into supply chain

September 12th, 2018 / African Business Magazine

Almost 70% of Africans make a living off agriculture and growth in the sector is eleven times more effective in reducing poverty than growth in any other. Development policy and private investment thus far have tended to focus on tangible assets: technology, mechanisation, fertilisers, finance and infrastructure. Yet the visibility …

Invest in typical agricultural institutions – Prof Nhamo

September 10th, 2018 / The Observer, Uganda

Uganda needs to open up more agricultural universities and tailor the studies in line with the country’s needs if the sector is to continue being the backbone for the economy, a South African professor has said.
Prof Godwell Nhamo, the chief researcher and lecturer at the University of South Africa (UNISA), …

World Bank pours hundreds of millions into African science

September 10th, 2018 / Nature, UK

A World Bank scheme aimed at building grassroots research capacity in Africa will nearly double its budget with a third, and probably final, investment worth at least US$280 million. The initiative, which loans money to African governments, has set up 46 education and research centres in 17 African countries, created …

Agriculture is the way out for Africa – Rockefeller Foundation

September 10th, 2018 / MoneyWeb, South Africa

Africa spent about $35 billion on food imports in 2016, and projections show that if left unchecked, the continent’s food import bill could to surge to $110 billion by 2025.
It’s a perplexing situation, given the continent’s stature as home to 50% of the world’s cultivatable land. How can the continent …

Students get agriculture lessons for better career

September 5th, 2018 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru reports:
As their colleagues were enjoying holidays at home, more than 600 students drawn from different colleges and high schools gathered early this week at Gayaza High School on the farm.
Some were seen watering vegetables, others checking on nursery beds, while the rest were on fodder farm …

Genes from Dead Sea to produce more drought-tolerant crops

September 5th, 2018 / Israel21c

PlantArcBio aims to make the world’s critical crops able to thrive on less water by adding specific genes found in desert regions. Read …

Breakthrough to combat devastating grape disease

September 4th, 2018 / Technology Networks

A new discovery by Washington State University scientists could help grape growers roll back a devastating virus that withers vines and shrivels harvests.
Named for how it curls the leaves of infected plants, grapevine leafroll disease costs growers millions of dollars in lost vines and productivity. Until now, no one has …

Nigeria at verge of agricultural revolution in Africa – Ghanaian lawmaker

August 31st, 2018 / The Vanguard, Nigeria

Addressing members of the Rice Assured Advocacy Forum (RAAF) in Abuja on Wednesday, Abraham Odoom, Ghanaian MP based his assessment on the gains recorded by the country in its rice value chain.
He spoke at the Second National Congress, Policy Dialogue and Inauguration of the Board of Trustees of the RAAF, …