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Stereotypes of African agriculture are all wrong

June 6th, 2016 / World Economic Forum, Switzerland

Young people in many parts of Africa see great potential in agribusiness. But it needs to be put on par with other sectors. Because of a long history of neglect, young people venturing in to agribusiness lack access to capital. But even more critical is the lack of mentors who …

20 mn people in East Africa require food aid: UN

June 6th, 2016 / Business Standard, India

About 19.9 million people in Eastern Africa require humanitarian aid as food security situation in the countries affected are not expected to improve, the UN humanitarian agency said on Wednesday. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said an estimated 31.6 million people were already food insecure …

New programme to improve Ghana’s food safety and grow agricultural exports

June 3rd, 2016 / Modern Ghana

The International Executive Service Corps (IESC), a non-profit organisation, has been awarded a two-year program that will improve the quality of Ghanaian fruit and vegetables for export. The Improving Food Safety Systems Program, valued at US$2.8 million, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will draw on …

Africa: Global Soil Partnership endorses guidelines on sustainable soil management

June 3rd, 2016 / FAO, Italy

The Global Soil Partnership (GSP) endorsed a set of voluntary guidelines for sustainable soil management at its plenary conference at FAO this week, marking a step towards coordinated action to assure that the earth under our feet – a keystone of global food security – remains fertile. The GSP has …

Combat poverty, malnutrition at household level with home-grown food

June 2nd, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali writes: For salaried low-income families home grown food may not only be a source of extra income if they can sell some of it but it is also a means of saving the money that would have been spent on buying food. Read …

Project develops first ever rice hybrids for farmers in Africa

June 2nd, 2016 / Elkurebedotcom, Nigeria

Rice farmers in Africa are set to dramatically increase their productivity with the new hybrid varieties that are capable of yielding up to 7 tonnes per hectare, courtesy of a public private partnership, Breeding by Design Project. According to a release issued by the head of Communications and Partnerships …

Climate change: will cassava be the new pap?

June 1st, 2016 / MmegiOnline, Botswana

Cassava is among the hardiest and most drought-resistant crops available in Africa. It also boasts superb soil adaptability, high nutrition and can be prepared into more dishes than maize. Read …

South Africa: women to benefit from agriculture programme

June 1st, 2016 / AllAfrica.com

A partnership between government and the private sector will empower 5 000 women-owned maize farming cooperatives in the next five years. Read …

Ordeal of potato farmer who planted 80kg but harvested 4kg

June 1st, 2016 / Sunrise, Uganda

Stephen Tindimubona planted an 80kg sack of Irish Potatoes in the August-September planting season last year, and hoped to get about a tone but was shocked to harvest just 4kgs from half an acre. It was an inexplicably huge loss for an experienced farmer such as Tindimubona who had …

Young African with a biomedical degree prefers farming watermelons

May 27th, 2016 / AFKInsider, US

Annie Nyaga felt the pull of farming so strongly that soon after graduating from Kenya’s Egerton University with a degree in biomedical science, she returned the occupation of her parents — working the land. Today, she farms watermelons. Her business, Farm2Home, is more than a farm — it’s a …