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Disease identification app to boost food security in Africa

Disease identification app to boost food security in Africa

A team of researchers that has developed an app which will allow small-scale farmers in Africa to identify cassava diseases has won a US$100 000 (R1,4 million) grant to expand...
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Boost for East African wheat production

Recommendations aimed at boosting wheat production in East Africa have been approved by the principal secretaries for trade in Kenya and Tanzania, Dr Chris Kiptoo and Prof Adolf Mkenda.
Zimbabwe hosts 6th Stockmanschool

Zimababwe hosts 6th Stockmanschool

The Zimbabwe Stockmanschool will run for the sixth time this year at Ant Farms, a cattle farm, outside Harare.
Botswana reports suspected foot-and-mouth outbreak

Botswana reports suspected foot-and-mouth outbreak

Botswana recently reported a suspected outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in Ngamiland to the World Organisation for Animal Health.
Lesotho grants SA company medicinal marijuana grower's licence

Lesotho grants SA company medicinal marijuana grower’s licence

Lesotho has granted one of its first licences for the production of medical marijuana to South African company, Verve Dynamics. The company has a branch in Lesotho.
New fresh produce market set to boost Nigerian agri sector

New fresh produce market set to boost Nigerian agri sector

An agricultural commodities market is being set up near Benin City in Nigeria, as part of the Nigerian government’s efforts to resuscitate the farming industry and reduce the country’s reliance...
Zimbabwe farmers launch compensation rights group

Zimbabwe farmers launch compensation rights group

Commercial Zimbabwean farmers have launched the SADC Tribunal Rights Watch to seek compensation for the loss of their farms and livelihoods, and to stop farm seizures. This was according to...
Smallholder cattle development project launched in Zambia

Smallholder cattle development project launched in Zambia

Smallholder cattle farmers in Zambia’s Northern Province were reportedly set to see their livelihoods improve under a recently launched livestock improvement project.
Agribusiness training to boost fertiliser use in West Africa

Agribusiness training to boost fertiliser use in West Africa

The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) has contracted the South African-based African Fertilizer Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) to train agro-dealers in order to boost fertiliser access by smallholder farmers in Ghana and...
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Tongaat Hulett capitalises on Mozambique’s sugar demand

Tongaat Hulett has begun construction on its first sugar refinery in Mozambique, to capitalise on the shortage of locally refined sugar.
Geneticists confirm African farmers’ expertise at selecting wheat

Geneticists confirm farmers’ expertise at selecting wheat

Subsistence farmers’ traditional wheat trait selection, has, for the first time, been mapped against modern genome selection methods.
Zimbabwe looks to energy-efficient tobacco-curing method

Zimbabwe looks to energy-efficient tobacco-curing method

Zimbabwe is evaluating the efficacy of a new, more energy-efficient method of curing tobacco with a view to switching from traditional approaches that burn too much coal and firewood.
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Small-scale farmer funding: some commercial options

Small-scale farmer funding: some commercial options

While South Africa’s emerging farmers undoubtedly faced barriers and constraints when seeking finance, and efforts were being made to remove them, these farmers nonetheless had certain opportunities to access funds...
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