News

COMESA lists over 60 seeds on its variety catalogue

12-17-2019 | 12:13:00
The number of seed varieties listed on the COMESA Variety Catalogue has increased to sixty-nine after seeds from two more companies namely Western Seed and SEEDCO were listed through the Uganda National Variety List.

United Kingdom contributes £3m to feed Burundian refugees in Rwanda

12-17-2019 | 05:57:00
The United Nations WFP welcomed a contribution of £3 million from the United Kingdom to help save the lives of over 60,000 Burundian refugees in Mahama camp in eastern Rwanda who had faced ration cuts this month.

Global Agriculture and Food Security Program announces new grants to fight hunger, poverty in FCV countries

12-17-2019 | 05:45:00
The Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) announced that seven projects in countries affected by fragility, conflict, and violence (FCV) will receive grants totaling $97.6 million.

AfDB approves $124m loan for water sector reforms in Nigeria

12-16-2019 | 13:53:00
The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank has approved a $124.2million loan to finance the Urban Water Sector Reform and Akure Water Supply and Sanitation Project in Nigeria.

West Africa aims to raise $80m in Smart Agriculture push

12-16-2019 | 09:16:00
An alliance of West African nations seeking to help small farmers cope with climate change are helping them adopt agricultural practices that are also attracting a growing share of investors.

MIT researchers seek to bolster uptake of drip irrigation in Africa

12-13-2019 | 12:00:00
As food demand rises due to growing populations with changing consumption patterns in Africa and around the globe, increased agricultural output is crucial.

Germany commits €20 million to FAO, UNDP project on agriculture and climate change

12-13-2019 | 08:45:00
The German Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety through its International Climate Initiative has announced it is providing €20 million for a new programme co-led by FAO and the United Nations Development Programme

AfDB invests $2.8 million to strengthen Senegal’s food security

12-13-2019 | 06:16:00
In Sikilo village in southeastern Senegal, Gnilane Faye, beneficiary of the Food Security Support Project in the regions of Louga, Matam and Kaffrine stands proudly in front of her hen house.

Innovative solutions needed in agriculture to respond to climate change, FAO

12-13-2019 | 06:08:00
FAO Director-General, QU Dongyu, has said innovation is vital to build resilience and competitiveness in agriculture and to meet the urgent challenges presented by climate change.

GAIN, UNICEF project raises awareness on complementary feeding in Eastern and Southern Africa

12-12-2019 | 12:11:00
GAIN is working with UNICEF in Eastern and Southern Africa to sharpen understanding of and improve complementary feeding in the region.

Zambia, Uganda farmers grow yields three fold with drought tolerant maize

12-12-2019 | 06:53:00
Zambia’s vice-president has recently called to reduce maize dominance and increase crop and diet diversification in his country.

JUA Technologies and BrazAgro to distribute solar-drying tray in East Africa

12-12-2019 | 06:46:00
JUA Technologies International, a Purdue University-affiliated startup developing solar-powered crop-drying devices, is partnering with BrazAgro Ltd., a supplier of Brazilian farm machinery, to distribute its solar-drying tray.

Agrodealers drive inputs intake in rural Tanzania and Uganda

12-11-2019 | 13:08:00
Many Tanzanian smallholder farmers fail to produce even 1 ton of maize grain per hectare. To improve crop yields, a farmer needs the right seeds and complementary inputs, including inorganic fertilizer.

Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe farmers nurture soils, grow incomes with conservation agriculture

12-11-2019 | 11:05:00
Kassim Massi and Joyce Makawa have learned how conservation agriculture nurtures the soil of their 2.5-acres farm in Lemu, Malawi, and helps them to better cope with regular dry spells and storm rains.

ACIAR launches project to improve common bean varieties in six East African countries

12-11-2019 | 08:40:00
The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) has launched a new project in six countries in East Africa to improve common bean varieties and provide shorter cooking time