Building Africa’s Smallholder Farmers Resilience for a Food Secure Future
Building Africa’s Smallholder Farmers Resilience for a Food Secure Future

Towards the end of last month, I attended the 2018 Next Einstein Forum in Kigali, Rwanda. The amount of energy at the Forum was palpable and the number of new working ideas shared by participants inspiring. The icing on the cake, for me, was the representation of young innovative people at the Forum. They showcased

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Small farms, big money
Small farms, big money

Africa’s economy can only grow sustainably if also small-scale agriculture is seen as an opportunity Beatrice Nkatha, an entrepreneurial 38-year-old from Kenya, embodies the hope and promise of African agriculture and its role in sustainably transforming its economy. In 2009, Ms. Nkatha converted her local tailoring shop – where she earned a basic living mending

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Uganda launches regional agribusiness initiative to boost farmers’ income
Uganda launches regional agribusiness initiative to boost farmers’ income

Uganda launched an East African regional agribusiness initiative targeting to boost household incomes of over 100,000 smallholder farmers. A similar initiative is already running in neighboring Kenya and Rwanda where over 200,000 smallholder farmers are set to benefit. Julius Wandera Maganda, Uganda’s minister of state for East African Community (EAC) affairs, told reporters that the

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Highlights from the Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Summit
Highlights from the Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Summit

The objective of the Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Summit “Partnerships, Innovations and Financing for Climate-Smart Agriculture” (CSA) was to provide an opportunity for cross-sector networking and knowledge exchange that is competent and neutral, technical and commercial by bringing together all stakeholders, including regional governments and policymakers, private sector and research organisations, UN agencies and civil society. 60 expert

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Transforming African Agriculture by Training Plant Breeders
Transforming African Agriculture by Training Plant Breeders

The ever increasing demand for crop production requires that crop scientists keep pace with emerging technological packages so as to meet the demand. It has been documented that plant breeding alone contributes to a very significant increase in crop production – the genetic make-up of a seed accounts for up to 40 per cent of

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Project to build capacity of 270,000 small holder farmers in 3 years
Project to build capacity of 270,000 small holder farmers in 3 years

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) has disclosed plans to build the capacity of 270,000 smallholder farmers in order to train them on best agriculture practices with a view to linking them to sources of market. The Business Coordinator of the project, Izaak Ene made the disclosure at the opening of a 2-day

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PROFIT: Contributing to the reduction of poverty in rural Kenya
PROFIT: Contributing to the reduction of poverty in rural Kenya

The Kenyan financial sector has seen rapid growth and expansion in the recent past mainly through private sector investment and the entry of new dynamic local banks into the market. However, less successful have been efforts to reduce interest rates and expand access to the poorest segments of the population, particularly those in rural agricultural

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Eric Kaduru: Agripreneur with a passion
Eric Kaduru: Agripreneur with a passion

Most young people would hesitate before leaving a stable job for an entrepreneurial venture. But not for a plucky 34-year-old Ugandan, Eric Kaduru, who made a decision to leave his advertising job in the capital city, Kampala, to become an agripreneur—an entrepreneur in the agriculture business. Mr. Kaduru had grown weary of the early-morning traffic

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Tapping digital technologies potential
Tapping digital technologies potential

While people in major cities and developed countries enjoy an ever-expanding selection of applications and other innovations to help them live more efficient, safer and entertaining lives, millions in the hinterlands of Africa, Asia and Latin America are still waiting for the digital revolution to arrive. Yet recent advances in information and communications technologies hold

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How Sh. 12,000 loan has made me a farming millionaire
How Sh. 12,000 loan has made me a farming millionaire

For Wilson Kirwa Oraam, owning a 32-acre piece of land was never a possibility three years ago. He was a subsistence farmer, planting maize for the consumption of his family on his one acre piece of land. During a good farming season, his land would yield between nine and 12 bags of maize. Then, he

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