The New Breed : Training the next generation of plant breeders in Africa
The New Breed : Training the next generation of plant breeders in Africa

The University of KwaZulu-Natal’s (UKZN) African Centre for Crop Improvement (ACCI) has launched a book titled “The New Breed: Training the Next Generation of African Plant Breeders in Africa” The book celebrates the ACCI’s amazing 15year journey that has seen over 100 breeders graduate at PhD level with another 29 PhD students still in training.

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Nominations Open for the 2018 Africa Food Prize
Nominations Open for the 2018 Africa Food Prize

The search is on for the winner of the 2018 Africa Food Prize – the preeminent award that recognizes outstanding individuals or institutions that are leading the effort to change the reality of farming in Africa from a struggle to survive to a business that thrives. The US $100,000 Prize celebrates Africans who are taking

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Increasing productivity through climate resilience
Increasing productivity through climate resilience

In Makueni County, in Lower Eastern Kenya, the maize harvest has failed. Along the roadside, empty stalks stand pale and dry in the brown fields. With lower than average rainfall during the 2017 planting season, those smallholder farmers who pinned their hopes on the corn crop have little to show for their efforts. No food

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Ghana’s Planting for Food and Jobs rakes in GH¢1.2bn (US$ 270,276,000) crop value – Minister
Ghana’s Planting for Food and Jobs rakes in GH¢1.2bn (US$ 270,276,000) crop value – Minister

Government’s flagship programme, Planting for Food and Jobs has in its first year of implementation produced a total crop value of GH¢1.2 billion. According to the Minister for Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, the figure realised was as a result of the use of labour, improved seeds and fertilisers combined with increased extension service delivery

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Women entrepreneurs are generating agro-industries and rural jobs in Gurué – Mozambique
Women entrepreneurs are generating agro-industries and rural jobs in Gurué – Mozambique

Two dozen women in Gurué district, Zambezia province, are being funded by Gapi-SI to establish small agro-industries capable of processing the production of local farmers. Financial resources have already been made available for the purchase of eight combine harvesters costing 3.2 million meticais. Other entrepreneurs in the same group will shortly sign financing agreements to

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Davos agenda should include climate, youth, private sector engagement, AGRA chief says
Davos agenda should include climate, youth, private sector engagement, AGRA chief says

Davos presents a big opportunity for government, private sector, and civil societies leaders to come together and find new ways of working together. Of course, that depends on whether the conversations and commitments and announcements that happen in the Swiss mountain town come to fruition. Sometimes, initiatives start with significant momentum and then fizzle out,

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Dr. Kalibata named among the top 100 leaders from multilateral organisations
Dr. Kalibata named among the top 100 leaders from multilateral organisations

Richtopia.com compiled a list of top multilateral organisation insiders. It’s a list of the most influential people in multilateral organisations, particularly at being pro-active. If you’re an enthusiast of relevant fields including public health, economics, business and social or behavioral sciences, it is critical that you follow and connect with these influencers from multilateral organisations and expand your professional network. Read

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In Kenya, struggling potato growers ink a new deal
In Kenya, struggling potato growers ink a new deal

Sitting on a rickety bench at his home in Kipipiri, in central Kenya, Samuel Macharia pulls a piece of paper from his pocket and proudly points to the signature at the bottom. “This paper means I get paid on time for my potatoes, even when the weather is bad,” he said. The precious document is

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In Kenya, struggling potato growers ink a new deal
In Kenya, struggling potato growers ink a new deal

Sitting on a rickety bench at his home in Kipipiri, in central Kenya, Samuel Macharia pulls a piece of paper from his pocket and proudly points to the signature at the bottom. “This paper means I get paid on time for my potatoes, even when the weather is bad,” he said. The precious document is

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Feeding Africa and the world in the 21st century
Feeding Africa and the world in the 21st century

Food security experts identify government support, policy implementation, private sector engagement and investment in smallholder farmers as keys to Africa’s agricultural future. Food security experts from the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) gathered to discuss transforming food production in Africa at Stanford on Nov. 29. The symposium, hosted by the Center on Food Security

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