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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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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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Is Africa Really Undergoing a Smallholder Agricultural Revolution?

By Brendan Brown and Ian Nuberg Good news storiesabout transformation in African agriculture,are abound with some positive statistics to back them up. The general story is that farmers are adopting improved agricultural practices, that productivity is increasing and that rural economies are burgeoning. But many of the stories tend to focus on

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Why Microbes Are Key to Solving Africa’s Food Security Crisis

By Esther Ndumi Ngumbi, Auburn University Topping the list was Biome Makers, a startup company that takes advantage of the natural agricultural microbiome-community of microorganisms. It does this by testing soil to determine what microbial species - microscopic organisms such as bacteria - are present. It then uses the information to

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Why the U.S. Has a Lot to Gain From Investing in Africa’s Agri-Food Systems

By Thomas Jayne The US's incoming administration has an historic opportunity to extend America's global leadership by promoting the economic transformations underway in Africa. An effective US strategy would be based on the fact that Africa's development still greatly depends on the performance of its agri-food systems. Farming remains the primary source

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Sustainable Agriculture, Better-Managed Water Supplies, Vital to Tackling Water-Food Nexus – UN

Highlighting the challenges associated with the inextricable links between water and food - the so-called 'water-food nexus' - for food security, as well as for sustainable development, the United Nations agricultural agency today outlined steps that can be taken to improve water sustainability for current and future needs. "The magnitude of

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Unlocking Nigeria’s Agriculture Value Chain through Innovation

Given agriculture’s share of the country’s GDP, revolutionalising the sector has become imperative to trigger overall economic growth, writes Nume Ekeghe Agriculture has been projected as one of the major driving forces of Africa’s economic resurgence, complimented by a growing interest in the continent’s natural resources. Over 60 percent of the

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Africa’s agribusiness to hit $1tr by 2030 — IFC

  The International Finance Corporation, IFC, has said that by 2030, Africa’s agriculture and agribusiness market would triple to $1trillion, as Promasidor Nigeria Limited, PNL, concludes arrangement to inject over N8 billion ($25 million) facility from the agency to expand production capacity. Mary-Jean Moyo, IFC Head of Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Services for

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Africa: IITA, AfDB Collaborate to Boost Agricultural Research in Africa

  The International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) are hosting a pre-appraisal meeting for the Bank’s new initiative, Feeding Africa. Also known as Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) programme, and is billed to end on the July 30 at IITA headquarters in Ibadan, Nigeria,

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AfDB Introduces Online Tool To Track Projects In Africa

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has launched an innovative and interactive online tool that enables the global audience to view a snapshot of how the Bank’s projects are contributing to the development of Africa’s economies. The tool dubbed, ‘MapAfrica 2.0’ is an interactive online portal that shows where the Bank is

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African oil and gas cargo market under pressure but agriculture thrives

Air cargo traffic in Africa continues to be affected by the downturn in the oil and gas market, but there are hopes for an improvement and the overall market continues to grow. Speaking at the Africa Air Cargo Summit in Addis Ababa, Saudia Cargo’s director of charters and strategic partners Michael

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ARSO to regulate farm produce standards

The African Organisation for Standardisation is set to regulate the standards of agricultural produce in Africa. A member of the ARSO Council and Director-General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria, Paul Angya, who disclosed this, said the African body had set up new strategies to ensure that the standards of farm produce from

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Sustainable Land Management in Africa Increases Agricultural Production

Crusoe Osagie with agency report Improved land management strategies and technologies being used across sub-Saharan Africa are helping protect the environment, boost agricultural productivity, strengthen livelihoods and enhance food security, according to a new study. The document – published by the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and its TerrAfrica partners, including

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FAO Urges Seriousness In Addressing Rural Hunger, Poverty

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)’s  director-general, José Graziano da Silva, has said sustainable rural  development was key to addressing hunger, poverty and the other root  causes of migration. Speaking at the European Development Days 2016 in Brussels yesterday,  he also said improving

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