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Report stresses agriculture’s significance In transforming African economy

May 14th, 2018 / New Business Ethiopia

A new report, entitled, Agriculture, Powering Africa’s Economic Transformation’, by the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) – founded by former ECA Executive Secretary – Dr. K.Y. Amoako, stresses the significant role agriculture plays in transforming African economy.
“Agriculture is the quintessential sector for the transformation of the African continent and …

Youth-led research highlights key challenges facing young people developing and adopting agricultural technology

March 1st, 2018 / Pan-African Visions

Young African innovators are taking charge of their future and designing innovative agricultural technologies despite lacking access to finance, innovation hubs, and information according to a new report released by the Mastercard Foundation Youth Think Tank. At a launch organized by Restless Development in partnership with the Foundation, 14 youth …

How biotechnology can help Nigeria reduce its agricultural import bill

August 15th, 2017 / Nigerian Tribune

Opinion: The Nigerian government needs to expedite actions towards the adoption of biotechnology in order to grow the agricultural sector. Read …

Cultivating Angola’s banana crop

July 3rd, 2017 / BBC

The BBC’s Taurai Maduna visits a banana plantation in Caxito in northern Angola to see how fruit farming is proving itself to be a lucrative way of diversifying the economy in the face of a slump in the country’s oil sector. Read …

Africa needs to encourage entrepreneurship

May 26th, 2017 / Huffington Post, South Africa

African governments must encourage entrepreneurship in their domestic policies to see stronger economic growth, this is according to the African Economic Outlook (AEO) 2017 which was released on Monday, May 22 2017. The report details Africa’s sluggish economic growth in 2015 which fell to 2.2 percent from 3.4 percent because …

Eight of 10 African youth say Climate Change impacts their lives

December 23rd, 2016 / BusinessStandard, India

Over 80 per cent of the African youth feel that climate change has affected their everyday lives, the COP22 Steering Committee said.
Quoting a survey held in 17 African countries, the Committee of the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) said 86 per …

Has agriculture in South Africa seen the last of the current El Niño cycle?

May 26th, 2016 / BizCommunity

Below average rainfall experienced for the last four years, with 2015 being one of the driest years in South African history, had a devastating effect on the North West and the Free State provinces in particular. These provinces are heavily dependent on the agricultural industry and are the major producers …

OPINION | To feed the world in 2050 will require a global revolution

December 2nd, 2015 / PNAS

Achieving universal food security is a staggering challenge. Large population size, high per capita consumption, and inequality of wealth or income can each (and especially in combination) impede attempts to achieve progressive and effective policies that will be needed to reverse the trend toward persistent maldistribution and environmental degradation. But …

Scientists advocate agricultural biotechnology for sustainable growth

September 30th, 2015 / Voice of Nigeria

Agricultural experts in Nigeria have identified farming as a major source of boosting the country’s economy and saving it from the overdependence on petroleum and petroleum products. Scientists have pointed out that the application of Agricultural biotechnology or Genetical Modification (GM) into Nigeria’s farming system will not only boost …