Transforming basic African crops to high value products can earn continent fortunes – UNCTAD

Basic crops grown in Africa can be made into higher-value products, whether it’s by bagging tea or turning potatoes into frozen French fries, creating jobs and fueling growth in the continent, according to a recent UNCTAD assessment of the continent’s food trade. The potential of basic crops to form such agricultural “value chains” remains untapped […]

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5 easy agricultural business you can do in 2018

Agribusiness is the business of agricultural production. The term was coined in 1957 by Goldberg and Davis. It includes agrichemicals, breeding, crop production (farming and contract farming), distribution, farm machinery, processing, and seed supply, as well as marketing and retail sales. 1. Fresh vegetables business: Some commonly consumed fruits & vegetables in Nigeria in their […]

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App that protects cassava from disease

ANALYSIS By Amanda Ramcharan, Pennsylvania State University Can you call this app-farming technique e-agriculture? The word is not definitely one that I can give a meaning to with ease. However, when I’m able to use any tech for farming, I think that should be e-agriculture… Cassava is one of the developing world’s most important crops. Its starchy […]

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Rural areas to enjoy more economic development

Rural areas are poised to be a significant economic driver in developing countries. According to the latest 2017 State of Food and Agriculture report by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the key to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are transforming rural communities and promoting agriculture. “Since the 1990s, rural transformations in […]

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APM Terminals, Naija Pride, provide better transportation services for African farmers

APM Terminals, in conjunction with Naija Pride and with the assistance of international development groups, is working to provide modern cold chain transportation alternatives for farmers in the agricultural centers of northern Nigeria to bring fresh produce intact and unspoiled to market centers in Lagos. An estimated 15 million metric tons of Nigerian-grown perishable goods, […]

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WWF & AfDB partner to deliver major eco-conservation programmes for Africa

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Africa Development Bank (AfDB) have announced a new three-year partnership agreement. The agreement comes on the heels of a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (2014-2017) in which the two organizations committed to deliver major eco-conservation programmes for Africa. Commenting on the extended agreement, Frederick Kwame Kumah, WWF […]

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Interview with Utibe Uko -UniQuest Farms

Utibe Uko has his mind and eyes set on luring more youth into farming through his enterprise UniQuest Farms & Innovations Centre that besides working in vegetable cultivation, is partnering with young people in Nigeria through Agribusiness Cooperative Development. He believes Africa’s food security future is pegged on having the youth actively involved in agribusiness. He […]

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AfDB, IsDB partner to boost agriculture in Nigeria, Somalia and Uganda

  A joint initiative of the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) will boost agriculture value chains and enhance drought resilience in Nigeria, Somalia and Uganda. The initiative is part of a broad coalition to boost collaboration between the two institutions in agriculture, water and sanitation. The combined active portfolio of […]

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Purdue University poised to give African farmers $5m grant

  Purdue University scientists will develop stronger, more versatile varieties of sorghum that have the potential to reach millions of African farmers, thanks to a $5 million, five-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The foundation’s grant is the second for Gebisa Ejeta, a distinguished professor and director of the Purdue Center for Global Food Security. […]

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Food insecurity, Africa’s greatest challenge in the next decade

Recently, Adesina made known some facts about Africa and food in the US. He delivered a lecture at Iowa State University, titled “Betting on Africa to Feed the World”, in Des Moines, Iowa in the United States. He gave a surprising estimate about Africa and spends on food imports for the following decade; “if the […]

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Here’s the reason bees are declining!

Quote: Bees and other pollinators have been on the decline for more than a decade and experts blame a combination of factors: neonics, parasites, disease, climate change and lack of a diverse food supply. Honeybees don’t just make honey; about one-third of the human diet comes from plants that are pollinated by the insects. Bees […]

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The outgoing President of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Hon. Ibrahim Karaye has hinged the development of Nigeria through agriculture on the involvement of the local government councils. The ALGON President   in a press statement issued in Abuja yesterday, noted that as Nigeria is an agrarian society, with agriculture contributing about […]

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Encourage your children to take on agriculture – Okowa

To ensure steady increase in food production, the Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has called on parents to encourage their children to be involved in agriculture. Okowa made the call last week at the official flag-off of the harvest/sales of fish at the Mega Fish Farmers Cooperative Union at the Okelle Farms, Ugbisi, Udu […]

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Nigerians don’t believe in agriculture – Essay

I once had the pleasure of being in a room with Nigerian Multimillionaires, they were discussing investments, I listened. The Nigerian millionaires were having a business discussion with a Mexican from the SanCarlos Company, the discussion was actually the Mexican selling agriculture as a business to the Nigerians . The Mexican from the SanCarlos Corporation […]

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