China’s Vice Minister Qu Dongyu meets AGRA board member Kikwete
China’s Vice Minister Qu Dongyu meets AGRA board member Kikwete

On July 25, Vice Minister Qu Dongyu met with H.E. Mr.Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, previous President of the United Republic of Tanzania and Board Member of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), in Beijing. They exchanged views in the areas of strengthening cooperation between the two sides and pushing forward African agricultural development.

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Delegation seeks Israeli startups to help African farmers boost crops
Delegation seeks Israeli startups to help African farmers boost crops

Team from Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa visits Israel to pinpoint local agricultural technologies that are pertinent to Africa’s challenges A four-person delegation from Africa, members of an organization that is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, visited Israel this week to see how agricultural technologies developed in the Startup Nation

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Major Highlights of AGRA’s 2017 Annual Report
Major Highlights of AGRA’s 2017 Annual Report

Twelve years ago, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and The Rockefeller Foundation, came together with a number of notable Africa leaders including the former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, to set up the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa(AGRA). AGRA was established to work with various partners to bring about a uniquely African Green Revolution to unleash

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What to expect from Africa Green Revolution Forum 2018 -Dr. Kanayo
What to expect from Africa Green Revolution Forum 2018 -Dr. Kanayo

Africa’s agricultural sector and food systems must rapidly and sustainably transform to deliver incomes, food security, nutrition, and wider economic opportunities if the continent is to achieve middle income status by 2050. Ahead of the Africa Green Revolution Forum slated for 5-8 September in Kigali, Dr Kanayo F. Nwanze, former President of the International Fund

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Village Based Advisors Transforming Agriculture and Economies in Kiambu, Kenya
Village Based Advisors Transforming Agriculture and Economies in Kiambu, Kenya

It is not farming as usual for more than 4,000 farmers in Kiambu County on the outskirts of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. The farmers have embraced the use of high yielding maize varieties, use of fertilizer and correct seed spacing which has doubled their yields. This is thanks to an innovative approach of using     Village

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Africa has an ‘Uber’ opportunity to disrupt farming technology
Africa has an ‘Uber’ opportunity to disrupt farming technology

Five years ago, Uber accelerated onto the scene in Africa, revolutionising the way we navigate cities. In 2017, Airbnb hosts in Africa made a tidy US$139 million renting shared rooms. Catering to a large, untapped market at low prices by “sharing” a car or a home is the secret to success for these businesses. Investors

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Discover the 2018 Pitch AgriHack finalists
Discover the 2018 Pitch AgriHack finalists

For the past two weeks, 14 judges went through 86 semi-finalist applications to determine start-ups which will be named finalists of Pitch AgriHack 2018, a youth e-agriculture start-up support program of the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA). The judges were composed of industry experts (ICT and Agriculture), entrepreneurs and investors.  Assessment criteria were the

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Diversify sweet potato to entice youth to agriculture
Diversify sweet potato to entice youth to agriculture

Five new varieties of sweet potato have been released in Kenya and Uganda in the last two years, says Jan Low, an agricultural economist at the International Potato Center (CIP). Lusike Wasilwa, director of crop systems at the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization, tells SciDev.Net, “Sweet potato has for long time been underutilised as a

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Mechanization of African agriculture can drive rural employment and stem migration – new report
Mechanization of African agriculture can drive rural employment and stem migration – new report

Malabo Montpellier Panel compiles policies and investments necessary to successfully mechanize African agricultural value chains LILONGWE, MALAWI (10th July 2018) – A new report showcasing evidence to guide African governments in successfully mechanizing Africa’s agribusiness value chains was launched today by the Malabo Montpellier Panel, a group of 17 African and international experts.The African food

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New Plant Breeders Release over 60 Improved Seed Varieties Boosting Africa’s Food Security
New Plant Breeders Release over 60 Improved Seed Varieties Boosting Africa’s Food Security

Accra, July 20, 2018 – Graduates from the AGRA-supported West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) have released over 60 improved seed varieties that are expected to boost food and nutrition insecurity in many communities throughout the sub region as well as lift millions out of poverty in the decade ahead. The promotion and adoption of

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