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Crop biodiversity: the key to ending hunger

May 25th, 2017 / Aljazeera

As people in four countries – Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria – teeter on the brink of famine, it seems our progress towards ending hunger is sadly inadequate. We are once again confronted with the question: how can we do more for vulnerable communities?
We have, in fact, made major …

Nigeria: starting a cocoa farm this season

May 23rd, 2017 / AllAfrica.com

Cocoa, according to the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CRIN), was introduced by the Portuguese into the Gulf of Guinea from where it got to Nigeria around the last quarter of the 19th Century. The introduced variety was the Amelonado.
This variety later became unique to West Africa, hence the name …

Ethiopia: maize seed adoption programme surpasses goal

May 23rd, 2017 / AllAfrica.com

The Advanced Maize Seed Adoption Program (AMSAP), a public-private partnership (PPP) between the US Agency for International Development (USAID), DuPont, and the Government of Ethiopia, surpassed its goal by 150pc to boost the production of maize among smallholder farmers in Ethiopia.
The programme aimed to help 100,000 smallholder farmers in 16 …

Government action needed on climate resiliency and food security in West Africa

May 22nd, 2017 / Mongabay, US

While some leaders in Washington are barely getting their toes wet to address global climate change, researchers at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) have dived in head-first. A new study published in Global Environmental Change modeled potential future scenarios for climate change and food security in West …

Establishing seeds as the key element in climate-smart responses to food security

May 19th, 2017 / Reliefweb

In a world of plenty, climate-smart seed is conspicuously scarce
The effects of climate change are highly visible around the world, and examples illustrating the challenges faced by regions abound. The Pacific is no exception – a particularly vulnerable region when it concerns the impacts of climate change. Rising sea levels …

SA suffers from fragmented policymaking in agriculture and food security

May 15th, 2017 / BIZCommunity, South Africa

One of the findings from the entre of Excellence in Food Security’s (CoE) Agro-food value chain, regulation, and formal and informal livelihoods project, coordinated by Dr Shane Godfrey and Dr Gareth Haysom from the University of Cape Town, is that, despite much of the power in the South African food …

“Africa must start by treating agriculture as a business”, says AfDB president

May 11th, 2017 / African Business Magazine

“No region of the world has ever moved to industrialised economy status without a transformation of the agricultural sector,” says Dr Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank. “Agriculture, which contributes 16.2% of the GDP of Africa, and gives some form of employment to over 60% of the population, …

Smallholder farmers hold key to food security

May 10th, 2017 / Daily Nation, Kenya

Small-scale farmers, account for a large portion of food produced in many parts of Africa. Investment should target them to increase the welfare of citizens, improve food security and drive the economic development.
One setback the smallholder farmer has suffered from time immemorial is financing.
The African Union, through a number of …

Why South Africa’s agricultural industry needs digital transformation

May 10th, 2017 / BIZCommunity, South Africa

The evolution of technology is transforming the world. Digital technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), advanced machinery and artificial intelligence are changing the way people work, making processes more efficient and helping to create innovative new products and services. The digital transformation of the agricultural sector will impact …

Using agriculture and agribusiness to bring about industrialisation in Africa

May 10th, 2017 / The Africa Report

No region of the world has ever moved to industrialised economy status without a transformation of the agricultural sector. Agriculture, which contributes 16.2% of the GDP of Africa, and gives some form of employment to over 60% of the population, holds the key to accelerated growth, diversification and job creation …