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Kenyan scholar wins Africa’s top food prize

September 12th, 2017 / Daily Nation, Kenya

Prof Ruth Khasaya Oniang’o has jointly won the Africa Food Prize at the just concluded African Green Revolution Forum in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. She won the prize alongside Ms Maimouna Coulibali of Mali. Together, they beat 643 other outstanding individuals, projects and institutions nominated for the prize.
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Investing in African agriculture: finding the best opportunities in 2017

February 5th, 2017 / AFK Insider, South Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa continues to face the challenges of lower commodity prices. It is not surprising that many governments are looking to agriculture as an emerging (or returning) priority to buoy economic growth. Our favorite countries for 2017 in the agriculture space are Ethiopia, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire and Mali. See …

Why small grains continue to resist winner takes all commercialisation

November 10th, 2016 / NewsDay, Zimbabwe

From Mali to Zimbabwe and South Africa to Southern Sudan, small grains remain an integral part of mainstream local food systems.
There are many reasons why small grains continue to pack a huge socio-economic punch in many countries.
To revisit and stimulate a frank discussion on the power of small grains, eMKambo …

Great Green Wall: ambitious plan to beat back the Sahara

September 14th, 2016 / AfkInsider.com

Eleven African countries are making headway in their ambitious pan-African effort to plant trees along the edge of the Sahara desert, the world largest, and beat back its spread into more arable land southwards.
The plan dubbed the ‘Great Green Wall’ seeks to counter the spread of Sahara Desert in Africa …

African smallholders to get stress-tolerant maize

April 23rd, 2016 / SciDev.net, UK

B4FA Fellow Samuel Hinneh reports: A new project that aims to provide farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa with stress-tolerant maize varieties has been launched to help the region boost food security. The Stress Tolerant Maize for Africa (STMA) project will apply conventional breeding techniques to develop maize varieties and hybrids capable …

“Great Green Wall” to beat back the Sahara

December 23rd, 2015 / Quartz Africa

Eleven African countries are moving ahead with an ambitious pan-African effort in the Sahel-Saharan region of the continent to protect arable land from the encroaching Sahara desert—by planting trees. The countries — Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, Chad, Niger, Nigeria, Mali, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, and Senegal —came together in 2007 to …