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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.
British potatoes put roots down in Africa

British potatoes put roots down in Africa

A potato seed trial in Kenya has passed initial tests and the plants are now growing well in three locations in the country.
Dr Akinwumi Adesina

Dr Akinwumi Adesina named 2017 World Food Prize winner

African Development Bank (ADB) president, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, has been announced as the 2017 World Food Prize (WFP) laureate.
Zimbabwe kicks off anti-malnutrition programme

Zimbabwe kicks off anti-malnutrition programme

From 1 July this year Zimbabwe will enforce its mandatory food fortification programme to fight malnutrition among people, especially women and children.
Crop failure and conflict affecting food security in Africa

Crop failure and conflict affecting food security in Africa

Low rainfall, drought, conflict, and internal displacement are affecting food security across Africa.
Wheat production gets boost in Zimbabwe

Wheat production gets boost in Zimbabwe

Wheat farming in Zimbabwe was projected to rebound this winter after government raised US$140 million (R1, 96 billion) to be loaned to farmers to plant 70 000ha to wheat, which...
Zim avian flu outbreak: SA farmers must step up biosecurity

Zim avian flu outbreak: SA farmers must step up biosecurity

Following the recent avian flu outbreak in Zimbabwe, the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) and the South African Poultry Association (SAPA) have urged SA poultry owners to implement...
Fall Armyworm invades as Kenya recovers from drought

Fall armyworm invades as Kenya recovers from drought

East Africa is grappling with a fall armyworm (FAW) invasion, while still recovering from the effects of a drought that had resulted in significant maize shortages.

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