Faced with the infestation of millions of hectares of maize, and the relentless spread of Fall Armyworm across most of Africa, FAO has launched a comprehensive guide on the integrated pest management of the FAW on maize.
Agritech is transforming doing business among Kenyan farmers and vendors, CNN Marketplace Africa programme has learnt.
Kenya Flower Council has a new boss. With an experience spanning 23 years across media, communications, marketing and international mediation, Clement Tulezi now takes charge of the umbrella growers and exporters body.
Oserian Development Corporation, one of the world’s largest exporters of fresh cut flowers, has come up with a raft of measures aimed at maintaining production over a long period of time without compromising on natural systems.
Access Bank, a major player in the Nigerian banking sector, has been awarded a syndicated loan of $ 100 million by FMO, the Dutch development bank.
The UK Government has announced an innovative new project to help Kenyan and Rwandese coffee farmers improve crop quality and yield.
Weather changes coupled with a shift in preference by flower growers in farming technologies to sate market demands are seeing flower farms realign their operations.
The Agricultural Research Council, in partnership with the South African Table Grape Industry and Culdevco will launch the seedless breeding red table grape variety called Joybells.
doTERRA announces co-impact sourcing initiatives in Kenya, targets to create 5,000 farming jobs by 2020
Global player in the in sourcing, testing, manufacturing, and distributing of essential oils doTERRA has unveiled its social impact and community building initiatives in Kenya.
In 2016, an invasive crop pest called the fall armyworm was first confirmed in Africa. Native to the Americas, FAW can feed on 80 different crop species including maize, a staple food consumed by over 300 million African smallholder farm families.
Kenya based fresh produce exporter Selina Wamucii Ltd has hailed the directive by Kenya’s Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA) to lift a temporary ban on export of all Kenyan Fuerte and Hass avocado varieties over maturity issues.
The African Risk Capacity, an agency of the African Union, and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa have announced a new partnership to increase insurance coverage against climate risks for African states.
COMESA has signed a Grant Agreement with the European Union Delegation worth 7.1 million Euros to implement a climate change alliance programme funded by the 11th European Development Fund.
The President of the Republic of Madagascar, HE Hery Rajaonarimampianina has presented to the private sector and civil society organizations the country’s strategy for growth and transformation by 2030.
African smallholder farmers to benefit from world's largest non-governmental climate insurance programme
Over 690,000 families totaling up to four million people living in six low-income countries stand to benefit from a new climate insurance programme launched by VisionFund International, World Vision’s microfinance arm and Global Parametrics.
As the Kenya government introduces a new curriculum in the country’s education sector focusing more on talent development than academic pursuit, leading flower grower and exporter Oserian Development Company has introduced a music school at its supported educational institutions.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, announced a €65 million financing facility with Société Burkinabè des Fibres Textiles (SOFITEX) to finance the 2017-2018 cotton campaign in Burkina Faso.
Global confectionery powerhouse Mondelēz International has signed an agreement with the Forestry Commission of Ghana, Ghana Cocoa Board and UNDP, committing to reduce emissions in its cocoa supply chain across Ghana.
From intercropping, mulching to relying on indigenous knowledge, smallholder farmers in East Africa are developing resilient techniques to insulate themselves from changing weather patterns at a time when studies show they will be among the most affected in years to come.
Dow AgroSciences and University of California Davis team up with Consortium to advance orphan African crops
Bambara groundnut. Drumstick tree. Apple-ring tree. While many have never heard of these crops, they produce nutrition essential in Africa.
The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has approved a $1 million grant for Energy 4 Impact to develop the small scale solar irrigation market in Rwanda.
The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation, a member of the Islamic Development Bank Group has signed a $210 million Framework Agreement with Government of The Gambia for financing over a three year period.
The third in the smallholder series, this two-day conference will assess how business can connect the all-encompassing SDGs to their smallholder supply chains – and the business case for doing so
Hazera, a global leader in the seed industry, has successfully introduced the hybrid Shanty tomato to Ethiopia, dramatically impacting the lives of rural farmers.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group has provided Togo with budget support from a grant from the African Development Fund (ADF) of $1.82 billion.
Diasporans, through the Zimbabwe-South Africa (Zim-SA) Forum, plan to invest about $800 million in the country, targeting agriculture, aviation and mining sectors.
The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC), a member of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group has signed a EUR 107 Million Murabaha Financing Agreement to finance Burkina Faso 2017/2018 Cotton Season.
Ethiopia’s Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Eyasu Abreha, has met Brazil’s Vice-Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, Eumar Roberto Novack, to discuss cooperation in the areas of productivity, the management of acid soils.
The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation signed a EUR 100 million syndicated agreement with the Government of Cameroon and Sodecoton as the Executing Agency for the export of cotton and the import of agricultural inputs.
Farmcrowdy, a Nigerian digital agriculture platform which allows Nigerians to venture in and sponsor agriculture, has announced that it had closed on seed funding of $1 million from international and local investors.
About five dozen Zambian cotton farmers, ginners, oil crushers and government officials have drafted an action plan to boost the production of cotton by-products, such as briquettes and pellets for fuel made from cotton stalks.
Rwanda and World Bank sign $68 million grant to Improve Connectivity to Agricultural Markets Centers
The Government of Rwanda and the World Bank Group have signed a $68 million Additional Financing Grant Agreement for the on-going Feeder Roads Development Project (FRDP) sourced from the Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) for Rwanda Feeder Roads Development.
The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the World Bank have agreed to collaborate closely in the areas of infrastructure, transportation, energy, agriculture and food security.
Ethiopia receives $170million credit facility from World Bank to boost fisheries and livestock sectors
The World Bank has approved an International Development Association (IDA) credit of $170 million to boost the contribution of the livestock and fisheries sectors to Ethiopia’s economy.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged $300million over the next three years to support agricultural research that will help the world’s poorest farmers better adapt to increasingly challenging growing conditions brought about by climate change.
An automated air drier has given hope and new market to more than 500 small scale fresh produce farmers from Tharaka, Meru and Embu counties in Kenya.
TechnoServe has announced the launch of the BeniBiz project, which will harness the power of entrepreneurship to improve the availability of nutritious food and create economic opportunities for young people in Benin.
A new United Nations initiative, aimed at building the resilience of a million women and youth in the Sahel to climate impacts through smart agriculture, has been launched at the One Planet Summit
Sub Saharan Africa is home to dozens of internationally respected agricultural research institutions majority who have their head offices in the region.
Nestlé through its HENRi@Nestlé open innovation platform, has today unveiled two new projects aimed at addressing some of the most pressing issues facing African countries including Kenya.
APM Terminals, in conjunction with Naija Pride and with the assistance of international development groups, is working to provide modern cold chain transportation alternatives for farmers in the agricultural centers of northern Nigeria.
[South Africa] The Department of Trade and Industry creates 800 jobs with $4million investment in Dursot All Joy
The Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Bulelani Magwanishe says the grant of almost R50 million, $4million, from the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) has contributed to the creation of 300 permanent and 500 contract jobs in Modjadjiskloof, Limpopo.
The African Development Bank Group is supporting Namibia’s Agriculture Sector with the approval of One Billion South African Rands (*ZAR 1 billion) loan to finance the country’s Agricultural Mechanisation and Seed Improvement Project.
Flamingo Horticulture Investments (FHI Ltd), a Sun Capital Europe portfolio organisation, announced that they will make a further investment of $2.4Million in subsidiary business Dudutech, Africa’s leading Biological Pesticide Manufacturer.
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Africa Development Bank (AfDB) have announced a new three-year partnership agreement.
Africa’s smallholder farmers are the apex of agricultural output in the continent contributing a staggering 75percent of all agricultural production and creating millions of jobs in the process.
Uganda government and UNDP launch implementation of a $44.26 million project to restore wetlands and build community resilience
The Government of Uganda and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have kick-started a new project on "building community resilience, wetlands ecosystems and associated catchments in Uganda."
The use of green economy principles and approaches in agricultural development can help improve Africa’s livestock production, says Ms. Mmadima Nyathi, Director of Research Statistics and Policy Development in Botswana’s Agricultural Development and Food Security Ministry.
Utibe Uko has his mind and eyes set on luring more youth into farming through his enterprise UniQuest Farms & Innovations Centre that besides working in vegetable cultivation, is partnering with young people in Nigeria through Agribusiness Cooperative Development.
Farmcrowdy, Nigerian digital agriculture platform, has introduced a new category of funding small scale farming in Africa by allowing Nigerians to venture and sponsor agriculture; and has further announced the launch of its first app for Android, iOS and Windows mobile devices.
A joint initiative of the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) will boost agriculture value chains and enhance drought resilience in Nigeria, Somalia and Uganda.
A ‘crazy idea’ has resulted in the ability to grow durum wheat in the extreme heat of famine-affected Senegal, Mauritania and Mali, potentially boosting the income for one million farming families.
Purdue University scientists will develop stronger, more versatile varieties of sorghum that have the potential to reach millions of African farmers.
Africa Day, held on 15 November within COP23 in Bonn, was the springboard for the official launch of Africa NDC Hub, the African Platform for Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
At a time when smallholder farmers across Africa, who form the bulk of the food producers, are struggling with access to key agricultural inputs including fertilizer and seeds, Farmers Pride, based in Kenya has rolled out an elaborate plan to address these biting challenges.
More than ever, African youth have to overcome a long and hard journey to enter the labour market. Out of 11 million young people entering the job market in Africa every year, only 3 million end up in formal jobs and all do not have quality jobs.
Union Bank recently launched its N10 billion agricultural funding scheme on the platform of the Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending, an all-inclusive lending program established to de-risk lending to the Nigerian agricultural sector.
Under the USAID funded Feed the Future Programme that is being implemented in Kenya through the Kenya Agricultural Value Chains Enterprises, we ventured into potato to increase productivity .
The Republic of Mauritius has launched a US$191 million project supported by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
In the middle of a dry village in Kajuki, Tharaka Nithi County, a growing fruit and vegetable processing factory is proving Kenya can add value to fresh produce, increase farmer’s earnings and reduce post harvest losses.
Kenya exported passion fruits in the 90s and early 2000 but since 2003, decline in production started because of pest management challenges.
In the quest to quench the thirst of shortage of quality potato seed in Bomet County, the USAID funded Kenya Agricultural Value Chains Enterprises Project working with Deepa Industries.
Elisha Langat never catches a break in his in farm in Bomet County.He has six dairy cows, tea bushes and is multiplying potato seed.
On the streets of the bustling Kisii town in Kenya, Cyrus Nyakundi can easily pass for an ordinary hustler. He is the proprietor of Agroplant Technologies, the only tissue culture lab in the Nyanza and South Rift region.
Africa can be the world’s breadbasket, numerous studies have suggested, painting a picture of a continent poised to emerge as a key supplier of food in a globe where population explosion and food price spikes are taking a toll on farmland produce.
Succor came the way of the over a thousand hitherto dejected traders affected by the Kano Market fire disasters few months ago as the renowned business mogul, Aliko Dangote made good his promise and donated N500m to rehabilitate them.
AgDevCo's Smallholder Development Unit (SDU) has announced new partnerships with a Senegalese rice miller and a Mozambican livestock company.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) and Purdue University in the United States have agreed to work together to make technologies available to millions of farmers in Africa.
Guinea, Mauritania, Senegal and the Seychelles have informed the FiTI Secretariat of their desire to join the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI).
The Senegalese government has announced that the country will work with UNCTAD to boost the competitiveness of its cashew and mango exports.
Kenyan farmers are set to enjoy a bigger market share after the European Union committed to cut agricultural export subsidies by end of January in line with a World Trade Organisation landmark decision passed in Nairobi.
Telecommunication provider, MTN has led the 2017 Top 50 Brands Nigeria for its innovation, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), online engagement, national spread, and brand popularity.
A Danish-Ethiopian project is on the way to making better use of the milk from Ethiopia’s 11 million dairy cows and to improve the nutrition of low-income families in the country.
Business Day has discovered that Ghana is making multi-million contributions to the cultivation of onion in neighbouring West African countries.
The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank has approved a line of credit of US$ 3 million (synthetic local currency equivalent) to Union Trust Bank Sierra Leone to help finance projects and enterprises in transformational sectors.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Nestlé Nigeria PLC, Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA) and VEGA Member Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) have announced a new partnership program.
That Kenya is in protracted competition with Ethiopia to entice investors and maintain the lead as the East African regional powerhouse is an open secret.
ACDI/VOCA has partnered with USAID under the Feed the Future-funded Kenya Livestock Market Systems (LMS) activity, a Leader with Associates award, to strengthen people’s resilience to climate shocks and reduce poverty, hunger, and chronic undernutrition
[Niger] European Union and LWR launch $1.6 million initiative to increase resilience of 10,000 farmers to climate change
Lutheran World Relief, with funding from the European Union, is launching a three-year initiative in Dosso, Niger to strengthen farmers’ resilience to climate change .
New houses, cars, expansion of farms, employment of extra labour, money to send children to school and less reliance on social grants. This is how a group of small scale farmers in Mpumalanga and Limpopo who participated in an agricultural upskill initiative.
The World Bank has approved $166 million to transform Malawi’s agricultural productivity through irrigation, lay the foundations for commercialization, and improve management of natural resources in the Shire Valley.
AfDB’s agricultural transformation strategy to guarantee 513 million tons of additional food production
The African Development Bank has developed a new initiative called the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation initiative – a knowledge- and innovation-based response to the recognized need to scaling up proven technologies across Africa.
Syngenta and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today signed an updated Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support agriculture and food security activities in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
The savannahs of Africa cover a mind-boggling 600 million hectares, of which 400 million hectares are cultivable, the President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, has said.
The African Development Bank has called for global support for Africa’s young farmers and “agripreneurs”, highlighting how agribusiness is the answer to employing the continent’s youth.
Regional agro input powerhouse Elgon Kenya has partnered with respected IPM category products producer Dudutech in a deal that is set to make Elgon Kenya the distributor of Dudutech’s globally recognized products.
African Development Bank urges African leaders to make agriculture attractive to young Africans and stem migration
On the occasion of the 2017 World Food Day, the African Development Bank has highlighted how Africa’s food security depends on attracting young people to agriculture and agribusiness.
The Commonwealth Secretariat and the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) have pledged to work closer together to help billions of people.
JTI (Japan Tobacco International) has been officially certified for the first time as a Top Employer in Africa, demonstrating its status as an employer of choice that puts people first.
A multi-million Naira Youth Farming Initiative that will engage teeming unemployed Nigerian graduates in rice farming has been launched by the Dangote Rice Limited in Kogi State.
African Development Fund approves US$ 141 million credit risk participations under Private Sector Credit Enhancement Facility
The Board of Directors of the African Development Fund (ADF) have approved a credit risk participations in eight loans cumulatively valued at US$ 141 by the Private Sector Credit Enhancement Facility (PSF).
Kyei Faried Owura is the brains behind Edwa Global Company, a Ghana based startup revolutionizing food purchase online in the local and international markets while creating jobs for farmers and players across the value chain.
On average fertilizer use most African countries is less than 10 percent of the world’s average with fertilizer access by especially smallholder farmers seems to be the biggest headache.
GroFin and USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub partner to increase access to finance for East African agribusiness SMEs
GroFin, a development financier which specialises in providing finance and support to small and growing businesses, has received a grant from USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub.
COMESA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS) International Zambia.
Over 2,000 agribusinesses in the maize, rice and soy value chains in northern Ghana have in the last four years received more than $135 million in private capital support, thanks to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Thiagarajan Ramamurthy, TRM, is a name synonymous with strategy and tact. He has been a formidable juggernaut in retail and manufacturing industries across Africa.
The African Export-Import Bank will provide financial and advisory support to Burundi to facilitate the development of the energy, mining, tourism and agriculture sectors to contribute to the country’s economic recovery.
New AGCO agribusiness course to develop skills and strategic expertise to drive African agricultural prosperity
AGCO, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, is a lead partner in a brand-new training program being established to develop the talent to fill vital junior management roles in African agriculture.
[Bob Koigi] Column: Diversification to new frontiers the magic bullet to fixing unemployment in Africa
Africa’s smallholder farmers are the apex of agricultural output in the continent contributing a staggering 75 percent of all agricultural production and creating millions of jobs in the process.