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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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India, Tanzania will work together on agriculture, food security

India and Tanzania on Sunday agreed to deepen their partnership in agriculture and food security and work together in the development and use of natural gas as New Delhi committed more aid for this east African country's water supply projects. “We agreed that our common desire of economic prosperity for our

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‘Sweet business’ of beekeeping helps protect Zimbabwe’s forests

MUTARE, Zimbabwe (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Divas Matinyadze’s 47 beehives are hidden away in a dense patch of forest, along a narrow dirt path beside a small river in Mpudzi Resettlement Scheme. “If you cut a tree anywhere near my beehives, you are assured of trouble from me,” chuckled Matinyadze. “These

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Disease still ravaging maize in East Africa

East Africa is still struggling to eradicate the maize lethal necrosis disease (MLND), which has ravaged the crop in the northern regions of Tanzania and other East African countries since 2013. The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Dr Florens Turuka, said although intensive research was underway

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East Africa: Tanzania Gets Sh221 Billion to Promote Businesses

By Alex Malanga Zanzibar — Trade Mark East Africa ( TMEA) has issued $103 million ( about Sh221 billion ) to support Tanzania in promoting businesses, according to its country director, Dr Josaphat Kweka. He was speaking during the signing of a co-operative Memorandum of understanding between the Tanzania Chamber of Commerce,

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East Africa: Rwanda-Tanzania Trade Forum Slated for May

A trade forum between Rwanda and Tanzania is scheduled to be held in Kigali next month as the two countries' business communities look to enhance ties. The May 20 forum aims to promote trade and investments, as well as bilateral partnerships between the business actors from the two East African Community

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East Africa: General Tyre Revival Promises Huge Economic Benefits

Tanzania is set to reap huge benefits from its General Tyre East Africa (GTEA) that is scheduled to start operations in the next fiscal year after the state's successful repossession. The government purchased 26 per cent shares worth 2.1bn/- from the German firm, Continental Arktiengesellschaft (Continental AG) to repossess the company, wholly.

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Africa: Agribusiness Academy to Promote Farmers’ Entrepreneurial Linkages

By Theogene Nsengimana Members of agribusiness are set to see the sector improve through direct linkages between farmers, entrepreneurs, information and market linkage across the continent. This is an initiative of the Africa Agribusiness Academy (AAA), a Pan-African business platform for small and medium-sized agri-food enterprises. Speaking at a roundtable meeting in Kigali,

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Carbon neutral technology provides power to rural communities in east Africa

As the United Nations chases a climate deal in Paris and after the White House released Bill Gates’ climate research plan, we are proud to announce our contribution to the solution for climate change: Entrade Energiesysteme AG and Pamoja Cleantech AB  have launched a joint endeavour to increase access to

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A SkyMall For Farmers Would Have Fish Bubblers And Poop-Powered Coolers

What if a cow's manure could help refrigerate her own milk? That's one of this year's winning ideas for Powering Agriculture, a program started in 2012 to identify innovators who are creating Earth-friendly ways to increase food production in low-income countries. A partnership between USAID, the governments of Germany and Sweden,

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GFIA Africa 2015 Session on Drones for agriculture: stepping into the future

I was honored to be invited to speak at GFIA 2015 by Giacomo Rambaldi Sr. Programme Coordinator, ICTsTechnical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) here are the presentations from our session. Drones on the horizon: Drones on the horizon: New frontiers for precision agriculture The world of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)

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Agricultural Transformation in Africa Needs Leadership and Partnership

Government leadership and partnerships with the private sector as well as civil society are crucial for Africa in order to achieve food security underlines a panel co-hosted by the US government's global food security initiative, Feed the Future, and the African Union Commission (AUC). The panel, held on Wednesday July 14th

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