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High yielding drought resistant bean variety that matures in two months is ready for market

August 28th, 2018 / FarmBiz Africa

Bean farmers in Kenya can now harvest up to 600kg per acre in just two months, thanks to a new high yielding variety dubbed Kenya Mali or KAT SW-12 launched in the market two years ago.
Kenya Mali, which was bred by researchers from the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization …

Is Africa’s quest to attract 30% of the youth to agriculture achievable?

August 23rd, 2018 / AllAfrica.com

Agribusiness is the way forward to attract the youth and to make agriculture profitable because one goes through all the value chain.
In 2014, African Heads of State committed to create job opportunities for 30 per cent of the continent’s youth through agriculture by 2025 under what is called the Malabo …

AGRA’s Agnes Kalibata talks on transforming Africa’s agriculture

August 23rd, 2018 / CNBC Africa

Video: African economies have embarked on agriculture transformation strategies to significantly increase farm productivity and promote value addition to food. Joining CNBC Africa to touch base with agricultural development on the continent is former Minister of Agriculture for Rwanda and current President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in …

Farm Clinics: changing the lives of the farmers

August 23rd, 2018 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

“Knowledge is power. I have attended several agribusiness refreshing courses since 1980 hoping to learn the latest farming trends,” 81-year old Henry Kanyike proudly says.
His diary states he has meetings on September 1 – the Seeds of Gold Farm Clinic day – but he is ready to skip the …

Ghana: How rapid population growth could become an emergency and outpace both food production and economic growth

August 23rd, 2018 / AllAfrica.com

Ghana’s economy is predominately dependent on agriculture, particularly cocoa, though the government has taken steps to ensure that the cultivation of staples such as rice, maize and soya is also enhanced.
The Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) says that 52 percent of the country’s labour force is …

Teff love – Ethiopia’s staple crop requires a big push

August 23rd, 2018 / AllAfrica.com

Can an Ethiopian farmer benefit from the global export of this gluten-free supergrain without jeopardizing domestic consumption?
Not too long ago, teff, a gluten-free, nutrient-rich, 3,000-year-old grain native to Ethiopia, made international headlines when the world woke up to the potential of this poppy-sized wonder, instantly terming it as the next …

With sensors and apps, young African coders compete to curb hunger

August 23rd, 2018 / Reuters

From an app to diagnose disease on Zambian farms to Tinder-style matchmaking for Senegalese land owners and young farmers, young coders have been finding solutions to hunger in the first Africa-wide hackathon on the issue.
Eight teams competed in the hackathon, organised by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and …

Europe’s decision to reject gene edited crops signals it is losing its commitment to sustainable agriculture

August 21st, 2018 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

At the same time as Swedish agriculture is affected by the worst drought in recent memory, the European Court of Justice has made a decisive decision that will have far-reaching consequences for Swedish agriculture beyond this hot summer. [On July 25th], it was decided that crops in which targeted mutations …

‘Think beyond farm jobs’ to reach sustainable development, UN agriculture chief advises African youth

August 21st, 2018 / UN News

For the African continent to achieve sustainable development, more jobs must be created for its young people, including in the digitalized agriculture sectors, says the United Nations agriculture chief.
“We need to take action to make agriculture more attractive to young people,” underscored José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food …

Youth, women hold agribusiness power

August 21st, 2018 / Daily Nation, Kenya

There are two strong arguments — pragmatic and strategic — on why we need to get greater women and youth involvement in agriculture.
Let’s deal with the pragmatic first. Women make up half of the population and provide 40 per cent of the labour in crop production in Africa. Moreover, Africa …