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Oserian enhances carbon-free footprint, launches new solar power plant in Kenya
Oserian enhances carbon-free footprint, launches new solar power plant in Kenya

Integrated with the existing geothermal power, the Oserian Development Company will now produce sufficient renewable energy for consumption by tenants and residents of the Two Lakes Industrial Park.

13 May 2019

Pesticide research must stay transparent and independent
Pesticide research must stay transparent and independent

Most studies on the use of pesticides are funded by those that produce the chemicals but only independent research can inform us about the best agricultural practices.

By Sébastien Sauvé 13 May 2019

Forum challenges African businesses to dive into the Blue Economy
Forum challenges African businesses to dive into the Blue Economy

African businesses are being challenged to wake up to the economic, social and environmental power of the Blue Economy...

10 May 2019

AfDP's agro-industrial processing zones will drive agriculture in Africa, says investors
AfDP's agro-industrial processing zones will drive agriculture in Africa, says investors

Nigerian government officials and key investors have endorsed the African Development Bank's Special agro-industrial processing zones initiative, describing it as a pathway to Africa's agricultural revolution...

3 May 2019

How Kenya's pastoralists are coping with changes in weather patterns
How Kenya's pastoralists are coping with changes in weather patterns

Changes in weather patterns have made life a great deal more precarious for pastoral communities...

By Michael Okoti 2 May 2019

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IPC releases new guidelines to enhance food insecurity, malnutrition analysis

The guideline by the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification initiative is set to further hone food security and nutrition analysis processes for better and more actionable information during humanitarian crises...

26 Apr 2019

What Cameroon can teach others about managing community forests
What Cameroon can teach others about managing community forests

Forest communities have seen little or no change in improving livelihoods and stopping deforestation...

By Serge Mandiefe Piabuo, Divine Foundjem Tita and Peter A Minang 17 Apr 2019

Smallholders benefitting from digitised agriculture
Smallholders benefitting from digitised agriculture

A project in Uganda that uses information and communication technologies in agriculture is transforming the livelihoods of smallholders...

By Nelson Mandela Ogema 15 Apr 2019

Using Smart Agriculture-as-a-Service to secure tomorrow's food supplies
Using Smart Agriculture-as-a-Service to secure tomorrow's food supplies

As the backbone of developing economies, agriculture not only serves to feed a nation but creates employment and, often, contributes significantly to the GDP...

11 Apr 2019

Commercialisation of small scale farmers is critical to Africa's transformation to a global breadbasket
Commercialisation of small scale farmers is critical to Africa's transformation to a global breadbasket

Zhann Meyer, Africa Head of Global Commodity Finance for Nedbank CIB, delves into how commercialisation of small scale farmers is critical to Africa's transformation...

By Zhann Meyer 10 Apr 2019

Mobile app aiding farming data collection and sharing
Mobile app aiding farming data collection and sharing

A smartphone application is helping smallholders in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America to collect data, share information on new agricultural practices and tackle climate change-related impacts...

By Samuel Hinneh 9 Apr 2019

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AFGRI creates grain storage platform to strengthen food security

AFGRI Group Holdings and a consortium of leading South African institutional investors have created a strategic grain storage platform vehicle to support growth and strengthen food security in South Africa and on the African continent...

8 Apr 2019

UJ to host inaugural African Conference on Vertical Farming and Urban Agriculture
UJ to host inaugural African Conference on Vertical Farming and Urban Agriculture

iZindaba Zokudla (Conversations about Food) will this month host the inaugural conference for the African Association for Vertical Farming (AAVF) at the University of Johannesburg's (UJ) Soweto Campus, 9-10 April...

5 Apr 2019

350 African researchers to benefit from training in how to tackle crop disease
350 African researchers to benefit from training in how to tackle crop disease

UK-based Connected Virus Network and Biosciences Eastern and Central Africa - International Livestock Research Institute (BecA - ILRI) recently partnered to run a crop disease training course in Nairobi, Kenya...

5 Apr 2019

FAO, ADEPT partner to promote potential of African diaspora in agribusiness
FAO, ADEPT partner to promote potential of African diaspora in agribusiness

Signing an agreement on the side-lines of the high-level event on Food and Agriculture in Times of Crises, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the Africa-Europe Diaspora Development Platform (ADEPT) have joined efforts...

4 Apr 2019

Three ways cities can help feed the world, without costing the Earth
Three ways cities can help feed the world, without costing the Earth

Climate change is underway, and human activities such as urbanisation, industrialisation and food production are key contributors...

By Silvio Caputo 4 Apr 2019

New Kenya farmers market to connect producers and consumers
New Kenya farmers market to connect producers and consumers

Farmers in Kenya will soon have their own market - the Nairobi Famers Market - by which they will be able to sell their produce directly to consumers, cutting off the traditional value chain which comprises middlemen.

3 Apr 2019

USAID launches 3 Centres of Excellence to build links between Egyptian, US universities
USAID launches 3 Centres of Excellence to build links between Egyptian, US universities

These centres have been created to foster high-quality applied research and build relationships among the education community, the private sector, and policymakers...

3 Apr 2019

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People are taking a huge toll on the plains of the Serengeti-Mara

The 40,000sqkm Serengeti-Mara plain that straddles the border of Kenya and Tanzania is famous for its abundant and diverse wildlife...

By Joseph Ogutu 2 Apr 2019

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Tunis to host 2019 Africa Blue Economy Forum

Capital city of Tunisia, Tunis, will host the second Africa Blue Economy Forum (ABEF) set for 25-26 June this year...

1 Apr 2019

CIFOR, AFR100 partner to ensure sustainable landscape restoration in Africa
CIFOR, AFR100 partner to ensure sustainable landscape restoration in Africa

The partnership aims to ensure effective alignment of CIFOR's restoration activities within the AFR100 framework...

28 Mar 2019

Ethiopian coffee showcased at global expo in Pu'er City
Ethiopian coffee showcased at global expo in Pu'er City

A delegation from the Ethiopian Embassy in Beijing participated in the 2nd China International Specialty Coffee Expo from 12 to 17 March in Pu'er City, which is considered the 'coffee capital' of China...

26 Mar 2019

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Farmcrowdy closes $1m additional seed funding

Nigeria's digital agriculture platform, Farmcrowdy announced that it has closed on additional seed funding of $1...

By Fundisiwe Maseko 25 Mar 2019

Blue economy: Experts call for sustainable exploitation
Blue economy: Experts call for sustainable exploitation

By efficient management, the sustainable exploitation of resources in oceans, seas, lakes and rivers - also known as the blue economy - could contribute up to $1.5tn to the global economy...

By Ruth Waruhiu 25 Mar 2019

Tanzanian farmers don't vaccinate against foot and mouth disease. Here's why
Tanzanian farmers don't vaccinate against foot and mouth disease. Here's why

Foot-and-mouth-disease is one of the world's most contagious and economically damaging diseases. Infected animals develop lesions on the feet, mouth, and/or mammary glands which cause lameness, loss of appetite and decreased milk yields.

By Ashley Railey 22 Mar 2019

Africa takes centre stage at Blue Belt Initiative Conference for sustainable fisheries, aquaculture
Africa takes centre stage at Blue Belt Initiative Conference for sustainable fisheries, aquaculture

Launched in 2016 by Morocco, the initiative provides a unified framework, exploring the emergence of low carbon and low ecological footprint on the ecosystems, in building a sustainable and prosperous fisheries economy...

15 Mar 2019

Migration and displacement: the human face of climate change
Migration and displacement: the human face of climate change

The World Economic Report on Global Risk by the World Bank lists elements of climate change and climate risk in its top 10 list of risks the world faces today...

By Danette Breitenbach 14 Mar 2019

Time to reframe the discipline of finance to focus on sustainability
Time to reframe the discipline of finance to focus on sustainability

Millions of Africans still suffer from water shortages due to problems of uneven distribution and management of existing supplies...

By Danette Breitenbach 13 Mar 2019

Dedicated cannabis expo set for Cape Town in April
Dedicated cannabis expo set for Cape Town in April

The Cannabis Expo, a trade and consumer exhibition dedicated to the cannabis industry, is set be held at Sun Exhibits at GrandWest in Cape Town from 4 to 7 April...

11 Mar 2019

African seed companies shine in serving smallholder farmers
African seed companies shine in serving smallholder farmers

The Amsterdam-based Access to Seeds Foundation has placed two African seed companies at the top of this year's Access to Seeds Index for eastern and southern Africa, for playing a key role in raising smallholder farmer productivity...

7 Mar 2019

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