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Major investments, partnerships a boost for African agriculture and economy

The signing of a record number of new investments and partnership agreements for inclusive agricultural transformation at the 2017 AGRF have boosted Africa's economic growth prospects

15 Sep 2017

Sustainable business models key to sustainable modernisation of agriculture in Africa

Key to the sustainable commercialisation and modernisation of African agriculture are sustainable business models

13 Sep 2017

Climate smart crops: A necessity for future food and nutrition security

It is imperative that we incorporate climate resilience into all aspects of crop breeding and food innovation

By Bev Postma 12 Sep 2017

Hot weather sweetens harvest for mango farmers

Ever hotter weather and more erratic rainfall have made growing many crops more difficult in Kenya's Machakos County, but one harvest is prospering: mangoes

By Caroline Wambui 11 Sep 2017

Syngenta takes stock of its 10-year growth plan for its African business

After announcing its 10-year growth plan for its African business in 2012, Syngenta is now halfway through its journey

8 Sep 2017

Purple tea is taking over the world, one cup at a time

This new brew is the latest in the global health craze to cause quite a stir (pun intended) and it just so happens to come from Meru, Kenya

By Sharon Mundia 5 Sep 2017

Public, private sector leadership push for more inclusive vision in African development agenda

400 private and public sector leaders gathered on Thursday, 31 August, for the Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg to discuss accelerating and scaling innovations

1 Sep 2017

What Kenya's government can do to protect, and benefit from, ocean resources

Declining health in Kenya's marine resources is evident in traditional small-scale fisheries, the growth in commercial fisheries, conflicts among fisher groups and in the increased use of gear such as

By David Obura 28 Aug 2017

Kitchen gardens cultivate bond between refugees, Kenyan hosts

A project in northern Kenya aims to make refugees self-reliant through farming while helping them integrate with the local community

By Benson Rioba 22 Aug 2017

'Recovery lending' helps disaster-stricken farmers get back on track

Accessing credit has long been a major hurdle for small-scale farmers in Africa, who produce some 70 percent of the continent's food

By Robert Kibet 16 Aug 2017

How some African farmers are responding to climate change and what we can learn from them

Here are three novel ways African farmers are using adaptive strategies to thrive

15 Aug 2017

15 African youth finalists in entrepreneurship prize

Fifteen emerging young African entrepreneurs will put their talent to work on the continent after being chosen as finalists in the Anzisha Prize 2017

15 Aug 2017

Transforming agricultural education through technology

When it comes to training and agri-education, technology is the perfect catalyst. Just as progress is being made in farming techniques, so is the use of similar advances to drive skills and education

By Howard Blight 14 Aug 2017

Amid drought and conflict, women try new livestock - bees

As climate change worsens drought and erratic rainfall, competition for water and grazing is growing, stoking rivalry and theft between livestock herders. But an unusual kind of livestock is helping: bees

By Moraa Obiria 11 Aug 2017

Kenya's herders swap livestock for chillies as drought bites

Over the past year, herders in Kenya's Rift Valley have lost thousands of animals to worsening drought, causing them to switch to farming. Chillies are a safe bet for farmers

By Isaiah Esipisu 10 Aug 2017

What camera traps tell us about elephants eating crops

The use of food crops by elephants threatens the livelihoods, food security and well-being of rural communities. Elephant forays into farmland sometimes results in

By Josephine B. Smit 10 Aug 2017

SA's Aerobotics raises $600k funding from 4Di, Savannah Fund

South African aerial data analytics specialist Aerobotics has secured R8-million ($602,000) in seed funding from Cape Town-based based VC firm 4Di and Kenya's Savannah Fund

By Tom Jackson 8 Aug 2017

With more than one crop, farmers weather armyworm attacks

An infestation of Fall armyworm has ravaged harvests in Kenya. To protect themselves from total crop failure, farmers grow pulses alongside their traditional crops like maize - a practice known as intercropping

By Kagondu Njagi 2 Aug 2017

Seed company rolls out maize variety for arid and semi-arid areas

Kenya - The East Africa Seed Company has rolled out a drought-resistant maize variety which takes 90 days to mature. The new maize variety, Tosheka, is targeting the semi-arid areas

By Irene Mugo 1 Aug 2017

AfDB to invest $24 billion in agriculture in Africa - Adesina

The AFDB president said the bank was committed to turning agriculture into a business across Africa and to ensure that the continent fed itself within the next 10 years

27 Jul 2017

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