Agriculture articles

World Food Safety Day: Desert Locusts Control Strategies Compromising Food Safety

Ahead of the World Food Safety Day, Greenpeace Africa is urging the Ministry of Agriculture to prioritise the safety of the food consumed by Kenyans. The World Food Safety Day, commemorated  on 7 June, 2021 aims at drawing attention to production and consumption of safe food which contribute to the wellbeing of the population and

Invasive alien species may cost African agricultural sector $3.66 trillion per year

Invasive alien species – harmful species introduced by human activity to an area in which they are not native – are estimated to cost the African agricultural sector $3.66 trillion per year – approximately 1.5 times the gross domestic product of all African countries combined. The findings are published in the open access journal CABI Agriculture

AGCO Agriculture Foundation and Kenya Red Cross Society pact to address Climate Change and Food Insecurity in Kenya’s Dadaab Refugee Complex

By Julius Kericho   The AGCO Agriculture Foundation (AAF), a private foundation committed to ending hunger through sustainable agricultural development, today announced the second phase of a USD $125,000 project partnership with the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) to respond to climate change and food insecurity in the Dadaab Refugee Complex. The project began this

Harvesting the Skies, a simple solution for making water available to Kenya

By Simon Thomas   An international consultant and board member of Megapipes Solutions Limited We are once again in the rainy season. It has been raining heavily in most parts of the country but despite this, most households lack the most basic commodity. Water. You would expect that with rains aplenty, freshwater might be available to

Small scale Kenyan farmers cash out from climate adaptation project

By Adelyn Wangusi More than 3,000 small scale sunflower farmers in the Kenya’s semi-arid belt of Meru County received cash payments from a climate change and COVID-19 adaptation project launched in the country less than six months ago. The project dubbed Tujiinue Tena (Kiswahili for Building Back Better) is aimed at cushioning smallholder farmers from

Investment in maize for Africa pays off

Nearly 6 in ten of all maize varieties released in 18 African countries were related to the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). At the end of this period, in 2015, almost half of the maize areas in these countries grew CGIAR-related maize varieties. All that was accomplished through the modest, maximum yearly investment

Backyard poultry producers in Africa to benefit from new PREVENT project

Over 150,000 small-scale poultry producers in Africa will benefit from an ambitious new four-year project which aims to support producers become more productive and efficient by building their businesses and overall sustainability. The PREVENT project (PRomoting and Enabling Vaccination Efficiently, Now and Tomorrow) supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will see more than

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