Plant a Good Seed: Speech by AGRA President at the Conference of the African Plant Breeders Association
Plant a Good Seed: Speech by AGRA President at the Conference of the African Plant Breeders Association

Wednesday 23 October 2019 Accra, Ghana Colleagues, ladies and gentlemen, It gives me great pleasure to join you at this inaugural Conference of the African Plant Breeders Association (APBA). If you follow me on Twitter, you must have noticed my new digital motto: “Plant a Good Seed”.  I am happy to be here today as

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Cheaper lending to agriculture on the horizon – Ofori-Atta
Cheaper lending to agriculture on the horizon – Ofori-Atta

Ghana Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, is optimistic that government’s US$410million Ghana Incentive-based Risk Sharing System for Agriculture Lending (GIRSAL) programme, will soon lead to increased lending for players in the agriculture value chain. Speaking at the 35th National Best Farmer’s Day launch in Accra, Mr. Ofori-Atta said: “We anticipate that properly-managed banks with stronger balance

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AGRA Partners with Tony Blair Institute to Catalyse Africa’s Agriculture Transformation
AGRA Partners with Tony Blair Institute to Catalyse Africa’s Agriculture Transformation

Africa is on the move, with signs of progress and growing prosperity for millions of its people. The lives and livelihoods of millions of people are improving, and entire economies are growing at a brisk pace with many of the world’s fastest growing economies being in Africa. However, over a quarter of its population – 333

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With sound policies, Africa can feed the world
With sound policies, Africa can feed the world

It is nearly one century and a half since man achieved flight, and 60 years since he cracked space. Doctors are conducting surgeries that made content for science fiction 40 years ago and humans, in general, are advancing at dizzying speeds. Yet despite splitting the atom and converting the world into a global village, it

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UN urged to prioritise food security as Africa warns of climate emergency
UN urged to prioritise food security as Africa warns of climate emergency

As world leaders gather in New York for a key UN climate summit aimed at reversing runaway climate change, African countries are calling on their partners to declare a climate emergency after a series of cyclones and droughts.  “This is a moment of truth,” says Agnes Kalibata, president of the Kenya-based Alliance for a Green

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NASC to revitalise the seed sub-sector in Nigeria
NASC to revitalise the seed sub-sector in Nigeria

The National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC) presented to stakeholders a five-year strategic plan document that it intends to use to revitalise the seed sub-sector in Nigeria According to NASC, the seed which is the foundation of agriculture has been a major challenge facing Nigeria’s agricultural sector, as fake and uncertified seeds are visible in the

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Contributing Resilient Maize Hybrids for Plant Breeding Success
Contributing Resilient Maize Hybrids for Plant Breeding Success

Mr Chimwemwe Josia, a Technology Transfer Specialist at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Malawi, graduated with his Masters in Plant Breeding through the Improved Masters in Cultivar Development for Africa (IMCDA) programme at UKZN.  Josia evaluated maize hybrids for low-nitrogen tolerance, yield stability and genetic purity. He tested the yield performance and stability of

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AGRA to uplift 270,000 Kaduna farmers
AGRA to uplift 270,000 Kaduna farmers

No fewer than 270,000 farmers in Kaduna State, Nigeria will be benefitting from the Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) consortium project in the next three years. The project, which started in 2018, is aimed at uplifting smallholder-farmers’ livelihood in Kaduna State through market driven up-scaling of maize, rice and soybeans value chains. The

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Seed producers schooled on hybrid maize seeds
Seed producers schooled on hybrid maize seeds

Koforidua, Aug 21 – A two day workshop on the production of hybrid seeds and to introduce seed producers to high yielding new hybrid maize seed by the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) at the University of Ghana, has started at Koforidua. The workshop was organized by WACCI with support from Alliance for

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Cultivation on the continent
Cultivation on the continent

Dr. Agnes Kalibata, President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, on tailored approaches and policies to increase agricultural production and investment How can Africa’s agriculture industry be improved? KALIBATA: It is important that governments prioritise investment in infrastructure to drive agricultural productivity, open up markets and increase private investment in the sector. Without infrastructure,

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