The hubs are an integral component of the operational strategy of SFSA in Nigeria to boost crop productivity while facilitating linkages with different markets.
Tanzania, IFAD partner to boost productivity, improve food security and build resilience of small-scale farmers
A $77.4 million project signed by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania will help rural households facing the impacts of climate change.
In 2016, McKinsey reported agriculture was the least digitalised sector in the world. But due to continued innovations in digital technologies, the sector is rapidly evolving.
Value chains project supported by the AfDB helps increase animal production, income of agro-entrepreneurs in Gambia
The Agricultural Value Chains Development Project , implemented since 2016 in The Gambia, has increased animal production and the income of agripreneurs, according to the African Development Bank (AfDB).
The debt commitment will support the growth of ETG’s food and agriculture business, and it will help ETG strengthen food value chains by expanding its logistic networks.
The investment will contribute to transformation of the poultry industry in Rwanda and Uganda, providing smallholder farmers with high-quality, highly productive birds that can thrive in the local context.
Gender norms prevent women from using technology to shell maize in Tanzania
The COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating effects on smallholder farmers in Africa. In some countries, supply chain disruptions have made it hard for farmers to get seeds, fertilizers, and services in time for growing seasons.
Standard Bank Group and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT’s) Center for Bits have partnered on an innovative social upliftment project in Namibia that uses fungal material from mushrooms to develop housing and food products.
Madagascar's farmers stand to build stronger climate resilience, increase productivity, and more easily access financial services thanks to an agricultural insurance program announced by IFC and the Government of Madagascar.
AGRA has announced a partnership with Aceli Africa to enhance capital flows to SMEs in the agriculture sector and support a financially inclusive agricultural transformation across Africa.
African countries commit to double agricultural productivity, development banks and partners pledge over $17b to increase food security
A coalition of multilateral development banks and development partners has pledged over $17 billion in financing to address rising hunger on the African continent, and to improve food security.
Wheat, a cornerstone of the human diet that provides 20% of all calories and protein consumed worldwide, is threatened by climate change-related drought and heat.
The training is in line with the fulfillment of the project’s mandate over the next 16 months.
Through this system, all AGRA supported activities in target countries will be conducted in a manner to avoid, reduce or limit negative environmental, social and climate impacts.
More investment is needed for scaling and increased adoption of such nature-positive systems. Further investments in awareness and empowerment is required for complete transformation of food systems.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) have formalized their partnership through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
The UN Food Systems Summit has announced a competition to identify the best small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from across the world who are transforming food systems for a better tomorrow.
The African Development Bank, IFAD, in partnership with the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) and the CGIAR System Organization, pledged to work closely with African leaders to address rising hunger on the continent.
Milken Institute and Motsepe Foundation launch $2 million AgriTech competition for African entrepreneurs
The Milken-Motsepe Prize in AgriTech is a $2 million global competition for innovative solutions to increase economic value to farmers, from seed to sale.
Over the first three-years, the programme will have two cohorts with approximately 80 leaders each, bringing the total number of leaders to a minimum of 160. Initial cohorts will be composed of leaders from eight countries.
Drones, satellites, geographic information systems, weather stations and advanced analytics are some of the most promising technologies for providing solutions to Africa’s agricultural challenges.
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According to the constitutions of many African countries, every citizen has the right to adequate food of acceptable quality.
IITA BIP will leverage a $300,000 co-investment grant from the Trade Hub to accelerate the production of a new variety of highyielding soybean seed for uptake by commercial seed companies in Nigeria.
The African Union (AU) has set out plans to construct industrial parks that will improve the manufacturing of agricultural products as well as the supply chain.
As part of efforts to improve the production capacity of rice nationwide and enhance food security, the Federal Government launched a scheme to train farmers in the rice value chain on improved techniques from farm to market.
Millions of families in West and Central Africa are growing more hungry and desperate by the day as food prices skyrocket, stoking a widening hunger emergency in a region engulfed by conflict and the socioeconomic fallout from COVID-19.
The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) is providing $40 million for anticipatory action in Ethiopia and Somalia to ensure that people get help before the situation turns into a devastating food security crisis.
The Pan-African Farmers Organization (PAFO) and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) have signed a cooperation and partnership agreement to strengthen the capacities of African farmers’ organizations.
The FED program will support the growth of foundational, small and medium-sized food processing enterprises in Zambia.
The fair’s general objective was to highlight IITA’s research contribution, with the support of its partners, in favor of smallholder farmers in South Kivu.
Esri , the global leader in location intelligence, announced the Egyptian partner Quality Standards for Information Technology (QSIT), has successfully implemented the Crop Mapping and Field Boundary Detection solution.
Good times are ahead for farmers in the South-East geopolitical zone as Dangote Fertilizer has promised to train them on better ways of farming to obtain bumper yields…
FMC Corporation (FMC), the global agricultural sciences company, announced Marc Hullebroeck, FMC vice president and president of the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, will retire from the company at the end of June 2021.
To meet challenges such as crop disease, weed management, pest control, and irrigation, Agricultural Engineering Research Institute (AEnRI) sought to increase agricultural output in different regions all over Egypt.
In launching the Challenge, USAID seeks commercially viable youth-led and mid-stage companies already working in food production, processing, and distribution.
Through an initiative dubbed ‘Pay for Results’, the bank targets to provide financing across dairy, horticulture, livestock and energy for agriculture value chains.
IFAD, Islamic Development Bank invest $500 million to address impacts of climate change among rural communities
Using their own resources, IFAD and IsDB will jointly finance priority projects in some of their 57 common member countries over the next five years with a cofinancing target of $500 million.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created massive disruption in agri-food systems around the world. It has compounded the food security situation globally.
The labels will enable companies engage in regional seed trade for large seed consignments crossing the borders and in-country seed trade in smaller packages.
The fertilizer company which has commenced operations has the capacity to meet and exceed the domestic demand for fertilizer across the country.
As movement restrictions and other safety measures took hold across Kenya, the Kenya National Farmers’ Federation (KENAFF) created a mobile phone–based information service as a way to respond to the crisis and keep farmers better informed.
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After a dark 2020, a new year has brought new hope. In Africa, where up to 40 million more people were driven into extreme poverty and the continent experienced its first recession in 25 years.
The African fisheries sector could benefit substantially from proper infrastructure and support services, which are generally lacking. The sector currently grapples with fragile value chains and marketing.
Ifria and InspiraFarms are partnering following a mutual concern. Over 40% of food produce in Africa spoils before it reaches a consumer, approaching 60% for fresh produce in Sub Saharan Africa and North Africa.
Through its advanced micro-irrigation solutions, Amethis investment will help farmers reduce water inputs while improving their productivity.
The Arab Africa Trade Bridges Program extends support for OCP Africa’s Agribooster Program in Côte d’Ivoire
The program will benefit 20,000 farmers. It serves as an end-to-end value chain solution that brings together all the conditions necessary for improving rice productivity and small farmers revenues.
Gad Akonkwa est le PDG de JUNAF, une entreprise agroalimentaire qui est spécialisée dans la transformation des jus de fruits et legumes en République Démocratique du Congo.
Female leaders of farming cooperatives in Rwanda have been given smartphones to sensitize farmers on agriculture best practices under the #ConnectRwanda initiative.
Experts in the agriculture sector have called for robust efforts to increase production and availability of nutritious food following revelations that over 18 per cent of the country’s households face food insecurity.
While we think of farming as a soil business therefore insulated from fuel cost hikes, nothing could be further from the truth. Farms purchase inputs are transported by motorized means through the retailer, distributor and manufacturer.
Nestlé, IDH the Sustainable Trade Initiative, and TechnoServe have announced the launch of the Developing Inclusive Grain Value Chains project.
The heavy rainfall Morocco has experienced in the last three months has had a “very positive impact” on the country’s 2020-21 agricultural season.
Heifer International, and the Rwanda Ministry of Agriculture have announced a partnership to invest more than $10 million in livestock and training for 23,400 smallholder farming households.
Moroccan exports of fruit and vegetables to the United Kingdom have grown exponentially, following the Union’s withdrawal from the EU.
The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), in partnership with the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) launched a joint Agri-Industrial Fund to support black farmers in South Africa.
The European Union-funded, Livestock Production Systems in Zimbabwe (LIPS-Zim) Project has been launched in Buhera District, Zimbabwe.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Government of China signed agreements to provide food assistance to vulnerable people in Cameroon, Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone and Uganda.
The $115 million syndicated line of credit now available to Agri Commodities and Finance (ACF) has been opened by several development finance institutions
Rwanda has been given greenlight to export unprocessed dry chili to China.
Mastercard Foundation, partners join forces to train young agripreneurs, provide grants to Nigerian MSMEs
The Mastercard Foundation has partnered with Nourishing Africa and U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) to train 2,0000 young agripreneurs and provide small grants to 125 MSMEs in Nigeria.
IFC and ALEXBANK, a Egyptian private bank, announced a partnership to help Egyptian farmers access financing to purchase solar irrigation systems, reducing their reliance on diesel-powered generators and boosting their productivity and incomes.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) announced the appointment of Ms. Atsuko TODA as Acting Vice President for Agriculture, Human and Social Development, effective 16 March 2021.
In Ivory Coast, illegal trafficking in agricultural commodities is a scourge that plagues the performance of the sector.
FMO, FinDev Canada and OeEB support critical food supply in Africa through working capital loan to ETG
FMO, FinDev Canada, and OeEB announced a $115 million syndicated loan facility that will allow ACF (Agri Commodities and Finance), improve and expand its operations in Africa, with FMO acting as lead arranger.
A study was carried out by a team of researchers led by Amare Tegbaru, IITA Gender Specialist, to examine the development of drought-tolerant maize varieties in West Africa.
Kerry, the world’s leading taste and nutrition company, has announced details of a new project with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), which aims to enhance the production and availability of safe, sustainable milk for children and communities in the Gitega province of Burundi.
Bboxx is announcing a new partnership with the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), to scale access to LPG clean cooking services in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Indeed, so extreme is the anti-pesticide noise that we are in danger of plundering our food output and increasing our dependency on Europe for generations ahead.
South Africa has been ranked the highest in food security out of 28 countries in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). This according to the latest Global Food Security Index (GFSI) report, despite an overall decline in food security.
As the COVID-19 pandemic, conflict and climate-related crises drive acute levels of hunger higher, FAO is seeking $1.1 billion in 2021 to save the lives and livelihoods of some of the world's most food-insecure people.
The OPEC Fund for International Development (the OPEC Fund) signed a $20 million public sector loan agreement with Burundi to co-finance a project that will improve food security, expand access to marketplaces and social services.
Women are the backbone of African agriculture and have been unequally affected by the impacts of the COVID pandemic.
As COVID-19 pandemic continues, existing inequalities have been further fanned, with already vulnerable and marginalized groups faced with additional challenges and even further reductions in their access to services and opportunities.
Africa needs to take full advantage of its close-ties and cooperation with China, in terms of technology transfer, skills and policy development, to fully revolutionize its agricultural sector, according to an agricultural expert.
The Chinese experts mainly assisted Burundi in formulating agricultural industry policy planning, providing consultation and conducting experiments, demonstrations and technical training.
African agribusiness Small and Medium Enterprises seeking to fundraise for their businesses can now go online and have access to a newly launched platform where they can find articulated requirements for accessing the funds.
A group of farmers in Kenya are earning income and reversing malnutrition trends in their area by embracing the cultivation, preservation and sale of indigenous vegetable seeds thanks to a new community seed bank concept.
The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) working with COMESA’s specialised Seed Agency ACTESA, have developed Regional Seed Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to improve regional seed trade in staple food crops.
In collaboration with the European Union, COMESA is supporting the development of an efficient national Sanitary and Phytosanitary System (SPS) in Comoros.
Women farmers in Tanzania have harnessed solar technology to reduce post-harvest losses, enhancing food security.
Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire have agreed to form a joint committee to find a lasting solution to security challenges faced by cocoa farmers along the southern parts of the shared border of the two countries.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed an additional $7 million in new funding from Switzerland, through the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
Dickson Osogo a farmer in Kenya’s Siaya County is among more than 1,000 dairy farmers in Western Kenya who have insulated themselves from high commercial feed prices and poor quality nappier grass and in the process increased milk yields and income.
Rwf2.5 billion was invested by the government to the wetland and used for local seed multiplication for maize and other crops to reduce seeds imports. However, the seeds have failed to germinate for two consecutive seasons.
The UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will now be able to invest $3.8 billion in the world’s rural poor, from an unprecedented record-high financing target set by governments from 177 countries.
Management of the invasive fall armyworm (FAW), scientifically known as Spodoptera frugiperda in Africa, requires the deployment of all tactics within the context of integrated pest management.
The multifaceted Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) project registered another success story, this time, in Nigeria’s poultry sector.
IFC announced a disbursement of a loan to support expansion at Mali's leading mango processor, Centre d'Étude et de Développement Industriel et Agricole du Mali (CEDIAM).
According to Renub research, worldwide fertilizer market was $ 83.5 billion in 2020 and it is estimated to grow with a CAGR of 1.69% between 2020 and 2027.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Department of Nutrition, HIV and AIDS in the Ministry of Health received a contribution of €550,000 from the Government of Ireland to support interventions that prevent malnutrition in Malawi.
UNITLIFE and the Ecobank Group’s Foundation announced the launch of the “Make the Connection” campaign, which aims to raise awareness and funds to prevent chronic malnutrition in Africa.
The farming community has a reason to smile after the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) recently announced it had successfully developed three CIMMYT-derived fall armyworm-tolerant elite maize hybrids for eastern and southern Africa.
A consortium of investors, consisting of CDC, Norfund, Finnfund,FinDev Canada, and BIO committed to the Fund’s final close, $30m, $20m, $15m, $10m and $7m, respectively.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) welcomed a €40 million contribution from Germany to help farmers and fishers withstand threats like COVID-19 and extreme climate events.
A study carried out among 874 young Kenyan agripreneurs drawn from 31 countries last year has revealed the impact COVID-19 continues to have on small businesses and brought to light the kind of skills they require to survive future shocks.
AfDB, FAO and South Sudan government ink protocols for $14 million grant to boost agricultural markets
The African Development Bank has signed protocols to disburse a $14 million grant to the Government of South Sudan to boost agricultural markets in a project to be implemented by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization.
FAO and the French Development Agency (AFD), launched a new €3.5 million project to improve sustainable wildlife management and food security in the world's largest terrestrial transfrontier conservation area.
Global fisheries and aquaculture have been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and could face further disruption in 2021 as lockdowns affect supply and demand across the sector, according to a report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
Consumers in Kenya’s capital Nairobi and its environs can now get their fresh produce at farmgate prices following the opening of the Nairobi Farmers Market, located along Kiambu Road.