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Economically sustainable seed businesses to transform cassava production in Nigeria

Economically sustainable seed businesses to transform cassava production in Nigeria

Seed sector professionals have said businesses selling improved varieties and high quality cassava stems for cultivation could help African farmers significantly raise their productivity. This will mean more earning from the same land, inputs and effort. The benefits of this raised productivity will be enjoyed by all the stakeholders across the value chain in a

International root and tuber crops research body honours IITA researchers and others for great work on root and tuber crops in Africa

The UK-based International Society of Tropical Root Crops- Africa Branch (ISTRC-AB), on Friday presented awards of honour and recognition to 10 researchers working on root and tuber crops in Africa. The awards, which were presented during the close of the 13th symposium of ISTRC-AB in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania were part of efforts by the

Scientists discuss global cassava threats at meetings in Nigeria

World’s top cassava experts gather in Nigeria to report progress on developing new varieties of cassava with higher yield and nutritional content. The meeting will take place on March 14-16, at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), in Ibadan. “Africa produces more than half of the world’s cassava — about 86 million tons from

New Initiative takes Kenya mangoes to Chinese market

By George Okore A link between Kenya Agribusiness and Agroindustry Alliance and Chinese Chambers of Commerce in East Africa will see local farmers access international market. Over 20,000 Kenya mangoes famers countrywide are expected to benefit. Chairman of Chinese Chamber of Commerce in East Africa William Wu Zhuo said at the launch that Kenyan-grown mangoes

IITA Cassava Weed Management Project empowers cassava farmers in economic recession

When a Nigerian novelist, Florence Nwapa (1931-1993) wrote about the importance of cassava in her poem—Cassava, not many people may have appreciated the importance of cassava in national and food security. Nwapa’s article was inspired by the events that occurred during the Nigerian civil war (1967-1970) and how cassava was able to save lives, guarantee

Dangote Group to bolster rice farming in Nigeria

The Dangote rice outgrower scheme was Wednesday signed in Goronyo, Goronyo Local government, Sokoto giving hopes to 16,000 outgrower rice farmers. The Chairman of Dangote Rice Limited, Aliko Dangote said he was moving into rice cultivation because of the genuine interest of the Federal government to revive agriculture as the mainstay of the economy, and

HE Tumusiime Rhoda Peace to moderate keynote in Nairobi

The Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, Her Excellency Tumusiime Rhoda Peace will address delegates at the forthcoming Agri Logistics East Africa Summit, co-located with the eAgri East Africa Summit, taking place in Nairobi, Kenya on Tuesday 28 February 2017. Rhoda Peace will chair and moderate a high-level keynote session that will focus on the

Amidst drought, Kenyan farmers threatened by low seed volume and limited crop choices

As Kenyans brace for another bout with drought, a new study released today finds local agro-dealers could play a pivotal role in helping farmers adapt to climate change—yet their assistance is severely limited by a shortage of certified crop seed stocks and financing options. Kenya Markets Trust, through its implementing partner in crop seed, Agri

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