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Backyard farming key to food security in cities
Backyard farming key to food security in cities

Revising regulations to increase backyard gardening in cities could be key to sustainable food production in sub-Saharan Africa...

2 days ago

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

Chocolate puts Ivory Coast on top in Africa's agriculture trade
Chocolate puts Ivory Coast on top in Africa's agriculture trade

Chocolate can certainly get one some brownie points, and no way is this truer than in Ivory Coast which in 2018 reported the largest agricultural trade balance in value terms in Africa, an amount of $5.1bn...

By Wandile Sihlobo 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

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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

Mon Choco's eco-friendly Easter eggs
Mon Choco's eco-friendly Easter eggs

As Easter approaches, all over the world orders ramp up for chocolate bunnies and Easter eggs. But, have you ever thought about where chocolate comes from and its environmental impact?

18 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

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

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

Mark Eddo, Yonov Agah, Paul Holthus and David Luke at ABEF2018.
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

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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

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

4 tech trends to shape agriculture in 2019
4 tech trends to shape agriculture in 2019

Dawie Maree, Head of Information and Marketing for FNB Agriculture, says agricultural technology innovation is evolving at an unprecedented pace, leaving farmers with no choice but to adapt and reinvent themselves...

4 Mar 2019

Liquor industry signs guidelines for good business practice for SA companies in Africa
Liquor industry signs guidelines for good business practice for SA companies in Africa

The liquor industry has signed the Guidelines for Good Business Practice for South African Companies Operating on the African Continent...

1 Mar 2019

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