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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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Ethiopia: Agency Gets Tough On Dormant Commercial Farms

The total area of farmland implicated in the latest warnings equates to approximately three-quarters of the size of Addis Abeba Seven commercial farm developers, who occupy a total of 37,500ha of land in three regions, have received warning letters for leaving the land unutilised for so long. The area of farmland

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Ethiopia: Centre Installs Hatchery to Advance Poultry Industry

  By Daniel Beyene The newly installed modern hatchery at National Poultry Training Centre is said to play a pivotal role in hatching and brooding chicken breeds. About 12 million Birr has been expended to install and buy this modern hatchery equipment by PAS Reform from Netherlands. Speaking at the inaugural ceremony last

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Ethiopia: Institute Working to Boost Sorghum Production

  By Yohanes Jemaneh Currently, 10,000 farmers in Tigray, Amhara, Oromia and SNNP states are benefiting from the Institute's support. The Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research said sorghum is the second produce next to maize in Ethiopia. The land it covers is also the third following teff and maize. This multi-purpose crop is

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agriculture is carving up Africa for industrial farmland.

There is a gold rush happening in Ethiopia, but it’s not a hunt for the yellow metal. It’s a quest for the green gold of fertile farmland. A nation more associated with periodic famine and acute childhood malnutrition than with agricultural bounty is leasing millions of hectares — an area

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Ethiopia Ready To Host AU, U.S-Africa Business Summits

The Ethiopia Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that it has finalized preparations for the upcoming African Heads of State and Government and the 10th US-Africa Business Summits in January and February 2016 respectively. State Minister Ambassador Taye Atskeselassie made this known while briefing diplomats at a consultative discussion forum, stressing

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India taps Africa to expand economic footprint

The Indo-African Chamber of Commerce and Industries which recently hosted the I for Afrika event in Ahmedabad, released a white paper during the event highlighting the thrust areas. According to the white paper, I for Afrika targeted new business opportunities, setting up a networking platform for B2B meetings and to showcase

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Sub-Saharan Africa Trade Mission Supports Arkansas Agriculture

Photo Courtesy Arkansas Agriculture Department Arkansas Deputy Secretary of State Joseph Wood, left, is seen with Arkansas World Trade Center Director of Africa Trade Denise Thomas, USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden, Arkansas Agriculture Secretary Wes Ward, USDA Deputy Secretary Chief of Staff Ashley Nicole Johnson, and Arkansas Secretary of State

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AGRIC, KEY PRIORITY IN SINO-AFRICA RELATIONS

Agriculture has been identified by Africa as a priority development area in the China-Africa strategic partnership. The agricultural sector is regarded as an engine for socio-economic development in most African countries. According to the African Union (AU), agriculture accounts for about one-third of the continent’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and more than

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USDA trade mission happening in Africa Mission will take place until November 20th

By Diego Flammini, Farms.com United States Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden is leading a mission to Africa’s Sub-Saharan region that’s scheduled to wrap up on November 20th. Sub-Saharan region of Africa The mission’s objectives include trying to provide the United States with more export opportunities when it comes to food and other agricultural

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USDA secretary to lead trade mission to Africa

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is coordinating a mission to sub-Saharan Africa with hopes to expand export opportunities for the United States. "Sub-Saharan Africa's strong economic outlook, growing middle class, and surging demand for consumer-oriented foods creates a promising market for U.S. food and agricultural products," Deputy Secretary of Agriculture

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Government to allocate 10% national budget to agriculture

By Nomthandazo Nkambule WITH E26 billion to be invested in the country’s agriculture sector, government’s annual national budget allocation, starting next year is also expected to at least reach the required 10 percent as per the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).   CAADP was established as part of the New Partnership for

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Legislations and logistics to Investing in Africa’s Arable Land

According to a survey by Ernest and Young, this year, it is revealed that Africa’s investment appeal is built on a set of stable, fundamental factors. Natural resources remain a strong draw for foreign investors. This suggests that natural resources in Africa, including agriculture, still have considerable investment potential. Investors believe

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Africa: Feed the Future Announces Progress in Fight Against Global Hunger and Poverty

Washington, D.c. — Today at an event on Capitol Hill, Feed the Future, the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative, announced that developing countries are making substantial progress against global hunger, poverty and malnutrition, thanks in part to U.S. Government support. In 2014 alone, Feed the Future reached

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BEARING FRUIT: INVESTING IN AFRICAN AGRICULTURE TO HELP CLOSE THE FOOD GAP

Agriculture is fast becoming a sought-after asset class for investors. This momentum is driven by a number of compelling factors. The most pressing of these is food security.  AGRICULTURE TO HELP By 2050 the global population is estimated to reach 9.7 billion, and the United Nations (UN) has found that a 70%1 increase in

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Ethiopia: Extension Service a Way Out From Subsistence Farming

By Abebe Wolde-Giorgis For the modernization of African agriculture relevant policies, institutional arrangements and support systems are essential. The Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries said yesterday that as agriculture is the backbone of Africa's economy, transforming rain-fed practice to market-led large scale farming through the provision of extension service to smallholder farmers

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Agro-ministers urged to adopt AU-grown initiatives

SITEMBILE SIWAWA, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia AFRICAN ministers of agriculture have been urged to take a keen interest in crafting instruments and adopting home-grown guidelines for sustainable development. Zambia is among countries participating at a five-day inaugural conference on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment (ARDWE) for specialised technical committee (STC) which opened

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