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Tanzania: fruit & veg industry to curb unemployment

July 16th, 2015 / Tanzania Daily News

As a solution to unemployment, alongside proper processing and storage of fishing and farm products, the government last year decided to establish the ‘Zanzibar Technology and Business Incubator (ZTBI)’ centre. The mission of ZTBI is to stimulate new business development and growth of enterprises into successful well structures and full …

SA’s GM maize: what you should know

July 16th, 2015 / Daily Maverick, South Africa

Between 70% and 80% of maize consumed in South Africa is genetically modified, and ours is the only country in the world whose staple is primarily GMO. So what? Three decades after its adoption, GM maize remains contentious. Read …

Drought raises fears that Africa could go to bed hungry

July 15th, 2015 / Mail and Guardian, Kenya

The World Economic Forum identifies food crises one of the biggest risks facing Africa in 2015, that governments haven’t paid enough attention to. Respondents were asked to select three global risks that they think their region is least prepared for, and food crises was ranked in second place, after unemployment …

Why GM crops have been slow to take hold in Africa

July 14th, 2015 / The Conversation, UK

The reluctance of so many African countries to GMOs can, in part, be attributed to fears about the impact it would have on trade with other countries, particularly Europe where a number of countries have banned GM imports. But things may be changing. Read …

China, Africa and food security

July 13th, 2015 / International Policy Digest, US

China and Africa together constitute more than a third of the world’s population. China is Africa’s largest trading partner and an important source of investment and aid. As a result, the China-Africa relationship has significant implications for global food security. Neither China, with 1.4 billion people, nor the 54 countries …

Kenya: Mushroom farmer sets up school to boost exports

July 8th, 2015 / FarmBiz Africa

A farmer in Eldoret is earning Sh70,000 daily from mushroom cultivation, and is calling on farmers to be trained on cultivation as the export market grows. Mr. Daniel Rotich, who also works with the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Institute, worked with a fungi culture and mushroom cultivation agronomist to assist …

Anti-poverty pioneer Sir Fazle Hasan Abed wins 2015 World Food Prize

July 6th, 2015 / BBC

The founding chairman of a leading rural development and anti-poverty organisation, based in Bangladesh, has won the 2015 World Food Prize. Sir Fazle Hasan Abed established Brac in 1972, which has since helped nearly 150 million people out of poverty. The judging panel recognised his lifetime commitment to empowering women …

Yaya Toure: “Africa needs to invest in its youth, education and agriculture

July 3rd, 2015 / Nyasa Times, Malawi

Ivorean footballer Yaya Toure calls for African leaders to invest in youth, agriculture and education in order to alleviate hunger and eradicate poverty. “For [youth] to be the fuel for global progress they themselves need fuel: for their stomachs, and their minds.” Read …

Negotiating hunger: agriculture and the UN climate talks

July 2nd, 2015 / Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food, Oxford

The current generation of farmers (and consumers) face two stark realities: the need to produce 70 percent more food to feed a growing population of 9 billion by the year 2050, and the need to do so in climatic conditions never before faced. Therefore, agriculture’s evolving role in current UNFCCC …

Bio-solution to tomato disease

June 26th, 2015 / Daily Trust, Nigeria

As seed companies across the globe are battling to produce a tomato variety resistant to tuta absoluta, the suspected disease currently ravaging tomato farms, a Nigerian agro firm has said that there is no cause for alarm as they have readily available improved varieties and bio-treatments that can effectively mitigate …