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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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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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2 Million People to benefit from Agric Empowerment Training Scheme in S/West

In line with efforts to ensure food security in Nigeria, the Lagos State Agricultural Empowerment Training Scheme has revealed that over two million people would be trained in the South West geo-political zone of the country. This revelation was made by the Project Director of the scheme Oluwaseyi Bamigbade during an

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We will give those who produce locally the support we can give- Osinbajo

In line with efforts to address the challenges faced by Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) in the country, the federal government has launched a nationwide project code-named “MSME Clinics”. Speaking at the Southeast maiden edition of Nationwide Micro Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Clinic held at Aba, the Vice President

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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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FG launches agriculture roadmap, ”The Green Alternative”

  The Federal Government on Monday inaugurated a roadmap for the agriculture sector, tagged: “The Green Alternative: Agriculture Promotion Policy, 2016-2020.’’ Speaking at the occasion, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, said the vision was to revive agric sector to boost food production in the country. According to Ogbeh,

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BATN Foundation Donates Solar-powered Borehole to Enhance Agriculture

Clement Danhutor The British American Tobacco Nigeria Foundation (BATNF) recently unveiled a new water project in Akparabong Community, Ikom Local Government Area of Cross River State. The project, which is in line with the government’s efforts at bringing succour to rural communities across Nigeria, is expected to avail residents of Akparabong steady

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Southern Africa: Sustainable Development: Perspectives from Southern Africa

By Romy Chevallier The UN 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) seek to provide a holistic and integrated approach to ending global poverty and hunger by the end of 2030. In order to realistically achieve these goals the global community needs to interrogate and address some deeply structural issues such as common but

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Africa: National Policies On Trade and Agriculture Key to Tackling Food Security – UN Agency

The rules governing global trade of food and agricultural products should aim to improve countries' food security and other development objectives, according to a new United Nations report issued today. "The challenge... is how to ensure that the expansion of agricultural trade works for, and not against, the elimination of hunger,

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South Africa: Gauteng Agriculture Invites Media to a Walkabout to Showcase a Climate Smart and Innovative Way of Producing Food

PRESS RELEASE Gauteng concerned about hunger, monopolised and unhealthy food system Gauteng MEC for Economic Development, Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development, Lebogang Maile expressed concerns at the high levels of hunger, an overly concentrated and expensive food system. He urged Gauteng residents to take charge of their nutritional needs by engaging in

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The African Breadbasket

KIGALI – On the first World Food Day in 1945, people around the world celebrated the creation of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the launch of the first coordinated global action to combat hunger. This year, on the 70th World Food Day, countries are mobilizing behind the

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Africa: UN Agency and French Government Urge Inclusion of Food Security and Agriculture in Global Climate Change Debate

Targeted policies and investments in food security and agriculture should be at the centre of debates on climate change, according to a top UN official and the French Minister for Agriculture, speaking at the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in Rome this week. Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization

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An African take on the Sustainable Development Goals

A decisive triptych: FFD3 / Post-2015 / COP21 2015 is an unprecedented year for global decisionmaking. It is the culmination of three years of intergovernmental negotiations and the signing of three important agreements. First, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, adopted at July’s Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FFD3), determined

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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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