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East Africa Agri Summit to address ICT and logistics in Agriculture

Supported by the African Agri Council, and hosted by Hypenica, the inaugural Agri Logistics and e-Agri East Africa Summits 2017 are taking place in Nairobi, Kenya from 28 February to 1 March 2017. A delegation of international ICT, logistics and transport infrastructure professionals, together with a line-up of East African agricultural thought leaders, will address

Which way for Africa’s farming?

That Africa needs to up its food yields is in no doubt. What is in doubt however is the means of achieving this? There have been many ways and methods being suggested. Find out what the Organic Farmer thinks is the way out….Read more    

Renewed Push to Boost Agriculture Investments in Kenya

The Kenyan Government launched a critical phase of its ambitious agriculture development strategy yesterday as influential public and private sector partners joined senior officials from the African Union Commission (AUC) and major development partners to agree on a roadmap for making crop and livestock production a powerful engine for economic growth in Kenya. The focus

Firm raises hope of small scale farmers and millers with protein-rich insect product

By Clifford Akumu   With the global urban population expected to grow approximately 1.84 per cent per year between 2015 and 2020 putting pressure on food production among cities, there is need to put more effort on agricultural production for sustainable development. The growth is expected to further worsen the growing scarcity of protein-rich resources

IITA boss warns against paying lip service to agriculture

There are negative consequences if Africa continued to pay lip service to agriculture, and failed to invest in the sector, the Director General of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Dr Nteranya Sanginga has warned. Addressing members of the Board of Trustees of IITA and researchers during the 2016 Partnership for Development Week (P4D

Integrated agricultural research systems key to Africa’s transformation

Integrated systems research approach in agriculture is key to sustainable transformation in Africa with benefits including increase in yields and livelihoods improvement of resource-poor farmers, according to the Director General of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Dr Nteranya Sanginga. The systems approach places the farmer at the center and develops an understanding of the

Africa urged to avoid being caught in the ‘capacity building syndrome’

Africa should avoid the ‘Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) trap’ by perpetually pushing capacity building and miss out on serious climate funding opportunities, Balgis Osman Elasha of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has said. Dr. Osman Elasha, who is the Principal Climate Change officer at the bank’s Quality Assurance and Results Department, says “Africa could not

Picking profits from indigenous vegetables in Kirinyaga County

By Clifford Akumu The sweltering heat and the winding dusty roads leading to Block Kamuchege A village in Thebere location, Kirinyaga County paints a gloomy picture of unrelenting effects of climate change. Kamuchege region heavily relies on rice production, but one woman has decided to go against the grain by venturing into commercial vegetable farming

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