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The need for a radical shift in Africa’s agricultural funding models

07-17-2020 | 17:00:00
A new report reveals that only a small fraction of agricultural research funding coming to sub-Saharan Africa is being used to support agroecology and other sustainable, regenerative approaches.

COMESA region has increased staple crop production, data

07-16-2020 | 16:02:00
Most countries in the COMESA region have recorded an above average yield in the production of staple foods for the 2019/2020 farming season, and this is expected to reduce hunger among the 560 million people.

African Development Bank enhances food security for millions of people in Niger, report

07-16-2020 | 10:51:00
The Water Mobilisation Project to Enhance Food Security in Maradi, Tahoua and Zinder Regions implemented between 2011 and 2018 in Niger, has sustainably increased agricultural production and productivity.

[Column] Mimi Alemayehou: Preventing Covid-19 from becoming a hunger crisis in Africa

07-15-2020 | 07:50:00
When a second massive swarm of locusts hit East Africa in April presenting “an extremely alarming and unprecedented threat” to food security and livelihoods this piece of news barely made a splash.

Taming post-harvest losses can boost food security in Africa, WCC

07-10-2020 | 16:07:00
African Church leaders are highlighting the need to tame the continent’s persistent post-harvest losses, as organizations point at rising food insecurity due to the coronavirus pandemic.

[Column] Louis van Ravesteyn: How a global pandemic could strengthen agribusiness in Africa

07-10-2020 | 08:50:14
As supply chains around the world are disrupted questions have begun to emerge about Africa and its ability to ensure food security for its citizens.

African Development Bank project tripled incomes of rural producers and traders in Tanzania, report

07-08-2020 | 10:12:00
An African Development Bank project to enhance market infrastructure, value addition and rural finance (MIVARF) in Tanzania produced highly satisfactory results, according to a report released by the project team.

[Column] Maria Helena Semedo: We must act now to avert an imminent food crisis in Africa

07-02-2020 | 09:34:09
The Covid-19 pandemic has reached Africa at a time when the continent is already grappling with multiple crises.

[Column] Fatma Ben Rejeb: Coronavirus is a reminder that agriculture underpins Africa’s future

06-24-2020 | 11:00:00
The coronavirus pandemic has reduced many of us to our most basic survival instincts: securing food and staying safe.

[Column] Denis Kyetere: Innovation key to unlocking Africa’s agricultural potential

06-16-2020 | 14:04:36
Agriculture is the fulcrum of Africa’s economy, with growth-enabling roles that cut across all crucial sectors despite its seemingly dwindling share of the continent’s GDP.

African women champion agricultural transformation across the region

06-12-2020 | 15:44:00
From Sudan to Mali, Senegal to Mozambique, and Zambia to Mauritania, women are changing the face of agriculture, adapting and innovating to tackle the challenges of climate change, and feeding the continent’s growing population.

[Column] Eric Kimunguyi: Coronavirus has stress-tested our food systems, and many are set to fail

06-11-2020 | 15:29:23
Coronavirus has brought enormous setbacks, suffering, and forecasts of a global depression ahead following the closure of so many economies for so long.

Forests are critical for promoting pollination in agriculture and biodiversity, FAO

06-09-2020 | 10:55:00
Forests and trees are critical for promoting pollination by bees, butterflies and other animals, and there is an urgent need to stop their habitat degradation and safeguard biodiversity, according to a new report from FAO.

Almost five million people at risk of hunger, famine as Desert Locusts destroy crops across East Africa, report

06-04-2020 | 14:47:00
Almost five million people could be plunged into hunger and famine as a fourth round of desert locusts hatch and ravage crops across the Horn and East Africa, compounding an already dire food situation worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Global food prices falls to 17-month low, FAO Index

06-04-2020 | 12:09:00
Global commodity food prices fell for the fourth consecutive month in May, as supplies appear strong and demand weakens due to economic contractions triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, FAO reports.