Africa Agribusiness

IFC, FMO announce loan to support South Africa's blueberry industry

01-27-2021 | 12:32:00
A loan from IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and the Dutch Entrepreneurial Development Bank FMO, announced a loan to support growth, exports, and jobs in South Africa's blueberry industry.

AfDB launches programme to mobilize $25 billion for climate change adaptation initiatives across Africa

01-26-2021 | 14:04:00
African Development Bank President Akinwumi A. Adesina has announced the launch of the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP) to mobilize $25 billion to scale up and accelerate climate change adaptation actions across Africa.

aWhere partners with Kenyan government to empower farmers with weather services

01-26-2021 | 07:44:47
aWhere, the provider of agricultural weather data and analytics, announced a new agreement with the government of Kenya, for the Kenya Agricultural & Livestock Research Organization to gain use of aWhere's 6,787 virtual weather stations in Kenya.

Forty governments and leading institutions commit to support locally led climate adaptation

01-26-2021 | 06:47:27
Forty governments, leading global institutions and local and international NGOs, including UN Development Programme, Climate Investment Funds, Zurich Investment Group, BRAC and Slum Dwellers International, have committed a new set of principles to ensure climate adaptation is led by local people.

IITA trains Nigeria women on homestead gardening

01-25-2021 | 06:51:00
Through the USAID-funded Feed-the-future Nigeria Integrated Agriculture Activity, IITA has trained 300 women in homestead gardening in northeastern Nigeria.

East Africa's locust air force could be grounded as another wave of the scourge takes flight

01-20-2021 | 12:26:48
A locust fighting force assembled by countries in East Africa to combat an invasion of the crop-devouring pest is at risk of seeing its activities grind to a halt as funding to sustain its operations dries up, FAO warns.

TechnoServe and Alteia partner to deploy AI solutions for climate-smart cashew programme in Benin

01-20-2021 | 07:45:08
TechnoServe and technology platform Alteia have announced that they have signed a partnership agreement that aims to improve cashew farming practices through the use of aerial drone imagery and artificial intelligence.

EU funds €7.6m to address hunger challenges in Mozambique

01-20-2021 | 07:13:00
A combined total of €7.6 million in funding from the European Union (EU) is helping the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) address the growing food needs in Mozambique driven by climate change.

AfDB grants emergency aid of $686,000 to combat adverse effects of drought in Madagascar

01-20-2021 | 07:05:00
The African Development Bank (AfDB) approved an emergency aid of $686,000 to Madagascar intended to cope with the combined effects of the drought and the Covid-19 pandemic in the far south of the island.

Digital nutrient management tool reduces emissions, improves crop yields and boosts farmers’ profits

01-19-2021 | 10:31:48
An international team of scientists, led by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), has demonstrated how better nutrient management using digital tools, such as the Nutrient Expert decision support tool, can boost rice and wheat productivity.

IITA bets on ICT to boost agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa

01-19-2021 | 10:25:02
IITA has been at the forefront of using information and communication technologies (ICTs) for research management and knowledge sharing, including extension, scaling out, e-learning, collaboration, and agricultural services enhancement.

World digital agriculture market poised to reach $21 billion in 2025, report

01-15-2021 | 06:18:44
The Global Digital Agriculture market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 10.26% over the forecast period to reach a market size of $20.713 billion in 2025 from $11.527 billion in 2019.

[Nigeria] NYSC with IITA to create agricultural opportunities for the youth

01-15-2021 | 06:08:38
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and IITA are partnering to open up opportunities to youth in Nigeria.

Value Seeds, Mastercard Foundation partner to support women farmers' recovery and resilience in Nigeria

01-14-2021 | 07:00:00
10,000 women in Nigeria will be selected as direct beneficiaries of a two-year agricultural intervention, as Value Seeds launches their COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Intervention Project in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation.

FAO, IRENA join forces to boost renewables in food and agriculture

01-13-2021 | 10:47:00
FAO and IRENA have underscored their continued commitment to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy technologies in agri-food, fisheries and forestry chains and sustainable bioenergy through the signature of a collaboration agreement.
 
Features

[Column] Agnes Kalibata: Hungry for change: an open letter to African governments

01-13-2021 | 07:02:00
In 2020, the entire world knew what it was to be hungry. Millions of people went without enough to eat, with the most desperate now facing famine.

[Column] Ishmael Sunga: Strengthening intra-African trade can build resilience to shocks like Covid-19

01-11-2021 | 14:34:04
Before the Covid-19 pandemic took hold in Africa, its impact on trade was already being felt.In an ordinary year, Africa imports more than US$70 billion in food and agricultural products.

[Column] Nelson Maina: Cultivating public private partnership for agriculture growth: The case of ASNET

12-29-2020 | 14:50:00
Kenya’s agriculture has beaten the odds of a difficult 2020 to end on a high, having registered one of the best growth trajectories across key segments in a long time.

[Column] Louis van Ravesteyn: How Africa's free-trade area could catalyze the agricultural sector's development

12-03-2020 | 07:15:49
The African Continental Free-Trade Area (AfCFTA) could accelerate the development of sub-Saharan Africa's agricultural sector and help the continent to become self-sufficient in food production.

[Column] Sabelo Mabena: Digitising the agricultural sector to unlock the benefits of next generation technology

10-20-2020 | 13:59:00
Digitising the agricultural sector enables farmers to enhance their business and profitability while opening possibilities to the benefits of next generation technology.

[Column] Wambui Gichuri: Why COVID-19-impacted World Food Day 2020 is the time to prioritize investments in food systems

10-19-2020 | 07:04:57
World Food Day 2020 marked the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization, but celebrations this 16 October are muted due to the coronavirus.

[Column] Samira Amellal: On World Food Day, Africa and Asia’s food security tipping point offers hope for joint solutions

10-16-2020 | 13:48:00
In a year when the World Food Programme has been rightfully recognized in receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, the state of global food security is in the spotlight this World Food Day more than ever.

[Column] QU Dongyu: Building back better on food and agriculture

10-06-2020 | 08:07:00
As the impacts of Covid-19 take their toll on human health and well-being around the world, the imperative of producing and ensuring access to healthy food for each and every one of us must not be overlooked.

Rethinking global food systems for human health and planet protection

10-01-2020 | 10:15:00
About 3 billion people are struggling to access healthy diets with over 200 million children below five years having to survive with insufficient foods.

Nestlé helps boost coffee production in Africa

10-01-2020 | 06:22:00
Coffee farmer, Francois Dadi Serikpa, from Gnamagnoa in Côte d’Ivoire, joined Nestlé’s Nescafé Plan 10 years ago. The coffee farms that had been in his family for generations were producing poor yields, making it hard for him to earn a good living.

Climate change and COVID-19 have amplified food insecurity in Southern Africa, report

09-30-2020 | 11:10:00
According to World Food Program officials, about 45 million people in Southern Africa are facing food insecurity and the worst affected country is Zimbabwe.

Global trade in food and agricultural products more than doubles in last two decades, FAO

09-24-2020 | 06:21:00
Global agri-food trade has more than doubled since 1995, amounting to $1.5 trillion in 2018, with emerging and developing countries' exports on the rise and accounting for over one-third of the world's total, FAO reports.

Global food prices rise in August, FAO Index

09-04-2020 | 09:44:00
Global food prices rose for the third consecutive month in August, influenced by generally firmer demand and a weaker U.S. dollar, according to a report released by FAO.

Climate resilient agriculture grants in Niger empower women-managed enterprises

09-04-2020 | 09:29:00
In Niger, the agricultural sector employs 8 out of 10 people; It is estimated that if the gender gap was closed in agricultural productivity, it would unlock financial gains that could lift over 25,000 Nigeriens out of poverty.

[Column] Eric Kimunguyi: Europe proves to us that misdiagnosis is a perilous basis for banning crop protection

09-01-2020 | 06:06:00
There is a device being used rather often lately by our most vocal lobbyists as they chase new regulation or the overturning of old rules: ‘Europe’ has banned it as a reason to reshape our own policies.