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Long rains to boost Kenya’s food security

The long rains which are pounding several parts of Kenya are likely to drive improvements in food security in the East African nation, a food security report released in Nairobi on Monday has revealed. According to Kenya and U.S. governments ...

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Africa commits $10bn for agriculture

On the eve of the World Economic Forum on Africa taking place in Cape Town from June 3 to June 5, the Grow Africa Partnership released its latest figures which represent a 40-percent increase over 2013 commitment levels. In a ...

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Zambia turns to e-vouchers to curb corruption in agriculture

As part of its Farmer Input Support programme the Zambian government plans to introduce an electronic voucher (e-voucher) system in the next three months in a bid to stop corruption in the distribution of farming inputs. The e-voucher platform uses ...

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UCSC grad raises funds for irrigation project in Africa

In a tandem effort with the founder and director of the AG group, a renowned Beninese rice farmer Pascal Gbenou, Mitchell is tasked with raising funds for a new solar-powered water pump that will irrigate up to 10 new acres ...

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Darko farms to supply 87% of poultry products to KFC

Fast food giant, KFC has signed a partnership with indigenous poultry farm, Darko Farms to supply the company with local poultry products. The agreement will see about 87percent of poultry products being supplied by Darko farms to KFC. The venture ...

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Nigeria’s Agriculture Minister Is New Head of African Development Bank

Nigerian Agriculture Minister Akinwumi Adesina was elected president of the African Development Bank, beating other candidates from the continent’s west. Adesina secured 58 percent of the votes in the final round at a meeting in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on Thursday ...

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Benin’s agricultural production grows by 39 percent in 2014

Benin’s agricultural production increased from 8.2 million tons to 11 million tons during the 2014- 2015 season, a 39 percent increase, the country’s Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Minister Issa Azizou has said. “The increase in agricultural production during this season ...

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Groundnut farmers in U/W ignorant of food laws

Many groundnut farmers in the Upper West Region are ignorant about food laws, and are also having little knowledge about the functions of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority. Several of them did not know that the small quantities of grounds ...

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Yara withdraws from government’s fertilizer subsidy programme

Fertilizer company, Yara Ghana Limited, has announced that it is withdrawing from the government’s subsidy programme, which subsidizes fertilizers for farmers. In a statement, the company said it is now making their products available on the open market only since ...

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EAC member states should invest in Agriculture for stronger economy

Agriculture accounts for 30% of the gross domestic product (GDP) of EA and it employs over 60% of the population of East Africa. In East Africa, it is reported to have annual value of $50b and this represents a 75% ...

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