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KOFI ANNAN : BELIEVED IN AFRICA CAN FEED ITSELF

KOFI ANNAN : BELIEVED AFRICA CAN FEED ITSELF.

As the world mourns the death of Former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, who passed away August 18 2018 after a short illness, the agriculture sector feels the loss too. The late Annan was a leader of progress in the world, improving the lives...

Yieldwise: Rockefeller’s US$130m food loss and food waste initiative

For years, many organisations and governments have focused on food production, where use of quality seed; application of fertilisers and boosting of soil quality among other things have been highly promoted. These have been important and necessary components of helping to ensure food security...

Do you know of a country with a call centre for farmers? – India

Indian farmers dial the toll-free telephone number 1551 to get specialists advice positioned at 84 call centres across the Asian country to answer questions and clarifications related to agriculture. The itinerary dubbed Kisan Call Centre is a single-knowledge pool catering to Indian farmers across the...

New rapid pregnancy test technology

Livestock farmers in Kenya can now easily confirm pregnancy in cows, following the introduction of a new rapid pregnancy test technology. The advanced “RapidVisual Pregnancy Test” enables dairy and beef producers to establish whether their animals have conceived or not, just 28 days after insemination. The...

Tanzania avocado industry receives EUR 2.5million boost

Tanzania avocado industry received a boost after one of its agricultural producer company Africado secured a EUR 2.5million development loan. The company which specialises in growing Hass avocado for exports, farms 137 hectares around the Kilimanjaro area and contracts other commercial and local smallholder farmers. Avocados have been...

Wastewater could be solution for water scarcity in agriculture

Waste water could hold the key to increased food production, says the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). The UN body notes that effluent from homes and factories directed to sewer lines is normally treated as garbage, but it is hightime stakeholders in agriculture started...

Imports: Why are local farmers crying?

A young poultry farmer recently got everyone talking on Facebook. She was distraught and desperately sought assistance on where to sell her eggs. Having gone through the tedious and challenging task of raising her layers successfully, she was stuck at the last stop on her...

Simple ways of controlling banana wilt

Simple practices such as destroying infected plants, removing the male buds and disinfecting farm tools are effective measures of controlling the devastating banana wilt diseases, according to Biodiversity International, an organisation working with farmers in the East African region. In collaboration with McKnight Foundation,...

Small scale farmers to get USD 9.4 million courtesy of Musoni and USAID

Small holder farmers will now benefit from a loan portfolio guarantee agreement between Musoni Microfinance Limited and United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Musoni Microfinance, will through this risk mitigation agreement, develop and roll out innovative financial loan products, to increase access to credit...

Pre-cooked beans exciting business opportunity and boost to nutrition

Machakos County, a semi-arid region of more than a million people, east of Nairobi, is just the place to be. ‘Macha’, to the locals, it is a thriving region, boasting exciting new developments such as the Konza Technology City. This is a project to...
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Sh46m revolving fund to ‘stitch’ agribusiness launched

Africa’s micro, small and medium enterprises in agribusiness have received a boost following the launch of a new revolving fund aimed at boosting their growth. Private sponsors from Netherlands, through the Africa Agribusiness Academy (AAA) launched the robust fund, that targets agri-based micro, small and...
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Budget: More money for Agriculture means more Food Production

An upsurge in population in the cities and the changing dietary inclinations have necessitated increased investment in agriculture. It is, therefore, prudent that the government ensure that the agricultural sector is adequately funded to boost production. Despite previous international conventions such as Maputo Declaration to increase...

Drying produce to boost quality and shelf-life

With up to 30 to 40 per cent of the food we produce going to waste after harvest, efforts to prevent these losses are being stepped up. As farmers are being encouraged to improve their storage and post-harvest handling practices; others are taking the...

Global Experts Meet to Develop Fall Armyworm Emergency Plan for Africa

About one hundred experts from African governments, international and national agricultural research organizations, non-governmental organizations, national plant protection organizations and donor agencies will from Thursday, April 27 meet in Nairobi to develop a management plan of the fall Armyworm pest in Africa. They will...

Greening arid Turkana the Israeli way

Mention Turkana County and what spring to mind are images of a vast barren land where the only surviving vegetation is the drought-tolerant acacia trees. Many would consider it crazy for anyone to suggest that they want to head to this semi-arid region to...