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Using Agriculture and Agribusiness to Bring About Industrialisation in Africa

OPINIONBy Akinwumi Adesina No region of the world has ever moved to industrialised economy status without a transformation of the agricultural sector. Agriculture, which contributes 16.2% of the GDP of Africa, and gives some form of employment to over 60% of the population, holds the key to accelerated growth, diversification and

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Rockefeller Foundation develops solution for increasing cassava shelf life

The Rockefeller Foundation, Dalberg and International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) have announced the results of the Cassava Innovation Challenge, launched in 2016 to uncover novel solutions for increasing cassava shelf life in Nigeria and the world. At the first All Africa Post-Harvest Congress, held last month in Nairobi, the organisers

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The Guardian, Nollywood, IITA Collaborate Farming Reality TV Show

Ibadan — The Guardian newspapers is set to collaborate with International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, Oyo State, in a Nollywood-inspired Agriculture reality show, Corporate Farmers TV reality show, to make farming attractive to Nigerian youths. According to the Producer, Kunle Agboola, who represents Corporate Farmers International Limited (CFIL),

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Ensure Nigeria Does Not Become Dumping Ground for GM Foods – Minister

By Chidimma C. Okeke The Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Usman Jibril has tasked regulatory agencies in the country to ensure that Nigeria does not become a dumping ground for Genetically Modified (GM) foods The minister stated this at a meeting on collaboration between regulatory agencies and the National Biosafety Management

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Food Security – Bauchi Cultivates 4,000 Hectares of Rice

By Segun Awofadeji Bauchi — Bauchi State government will support rice farmers in the 20 local government areas of the state to cultivate at least 4,000 hectares of land in this year's dry season. The State Governor, Mohammed Abubakar, who disclosed this recently while launching the 2017 Fadama III additional financing for

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NIMET Predicts Livestock Disease Outbreaks

By Ahmed Dio Agbo Livestock population especially in the northern part of the country may suffer water stress and outbreak of heat-related diseases this year, particularly in the early months due to the expected warmer-than-normal conditions predicted by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) in the 2017 Seasonal Rainfall Prediction (SRP). The new

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Technology Answer to Africa’s Food Security Challenge, Say Scientists

Anne Okumu Addis Ababa — Africa need to embrace modern technology in Agriculture to ensure food security for its citizens. Experts meeting in Addis Ababa with media practitioners from across the continent are concerned that crop farming has been left in the hands of older members of the society while the young

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Nigeria Leads in Cow pea Production, Deficit in Consumption – Experts

By Ibrahim Musa Giginyu Kano — Experts in cowpea production, processing and consumption have unanimously agreed that despite the fact that Nigeria has been leading in pulses and cowpea production, findings have revealed that the nation's citizens record deficit in consumption. The experts made this known during the joint programme organised as

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