Category: Agriculture

Farmcrowdy bolsters farmland with launch of 7,500 acres

Farmcrowdy, Nigerian digital agriculture platform which allows Nigerians to venture in and sponsor agriculture, today announces the launch of 7,500 acres of new maize and rice farms in Nigerian states, Kaduna and Kwara. Sponsorship will be open from the 4th of April and 9th of April, 2018 for Maize and Rice farms respectively. Kaduna will […]

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KCB Foundation, GIZ graduate 350 trainees in Kenya

The Foundation and GIZ on Thursday graduated 350 program beneficiaries who have successfully completed a three-month training in the innovative Hydroponic Farming. This is part of a six months training course consisting of three months classroom training with practical exercises and the other three months on construction of units and actual group production of the […]

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IFC to invest $2m in Nigeria’s agriculture

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has signed a cooperation agreement with the Government of Nigeria to implement a $2 million initiative targeting regulatory and institutional reforms that will strengthen Nigeria’s agribusiness sector, creating jobs and economic growth. Nigeria is one of three African countries (along with Ethiopia and Tanzania) to benefit from […]

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TMEA benefits women in agriculture Uganda

More than 4,776 women in Uganda have benefited from a TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) Women and Trade programme since 2015. They are part of the 25,000 women across East Africa who have directly benefited from the programme. This was revealed during the Trade and Development Forum held in Kampala between February 28 and March 1st, […]

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COMESA introduce the use and distribution of seed labels and certificates

COMESA is set to become the first Regional Economic Community in the world to introduce the use and distribution of seed labels and certificates as a way of improving access to quality seeds in the region. This development is expected to impact positively on approximately 130 million people in COMESA who are currently food insecure […]

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Farmforte puts Nigeria on the global spotlight

Farmforte, a budding Nigerian Agriculture startup was the cynosure of all eyes at the just concluded Fruit Logistica in Berlin, Germany which is the largest fruit and vegetable exhibition on the planet. Fruit Logistica covers all sectors of the global Fresh produce trade and provides comprehensive insight of the latest innovations, products and services in […]

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Support African agriculture, Adesina tells America

I do not seek aid for Africa. I seek investments in Africa – Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank. The President of the African Development Bank, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina has made a strong case for increased American and global investments to help unlock Africa’s agriculture potential. He made the remarks as the Distinguished […]

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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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Agriculture: FAO launches guide to tackle Fall Armyworm in Africa

Faced with the infestation of millions of hectares of maize, most in the hands of smallholder farmers, and the relentless spread of Fall Armyworm (FAW) across most of Africa, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched a comprehensive guide on the integrated pest management of the FAW on maize. The guide was developed with a […]

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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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Start Ugwu (ugu) leaves business and make money

Fluted pumpkin also known as Ugu is well grown in West Africa as a leaf vegetable and also for its edible seed. It belongs to a member of the Curcurbitaceae family and is indigenous to southern Nigeria. The seed produced by the gourd which are high in protein and fat, and can therefore contribute to […]

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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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Emir Sanusi comes to defence of troublesome herdsmen

The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi 11 has declared that Fulanis are not terrorists or criminals as perceived by some Nigerians. Sanusi made the declaration at the weekend in Minna at a National Executive Council meeting of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) attended by Lamido of Adamawa , Muhammadu Barkindo […]

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Fulani herdsmen reveal why they worship cows

Coordinator of the Benue State chapter of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), an umbrella body of Fulani herdsmen in Nigerian, Alhaji Garius Gololo, has revealed why his people worship cows. Speaking in an interview with Saturday Sun, Gololo said apart from God, herdsmen also worship whatever is their major source of livelihood. […]

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Aregbesola postulates solutions to farmers-herders war in Nigeria

The Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, has linked the wanton killings by armed herdsmen across the country in recent times to poor leadership and lack of innovative governance. He said Nigeria must embrace modernity and innovation in the rearing of cattle, as obtained in other developed countries of the world. He added that the killings […]

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Obaseki: No plans to create Cattle Colonies in Edo

  Report have it that the Special Adviser to Governor Godwin Obaseki on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr Crusoe Osagie, has declared as frivolous, comments by the Edo State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the strategic steps the Edo State government has taken in bringing the clashes between cattle herders and farmers to an end, […]

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Benue: Fayose defends anti-grazing law

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, on Thursday visited Benue State in a show of solidarity to the Governor and people of the state over the killings in the state. Fayose, who was received by Governor Samuel Ortom, declared support for the Anti–Grazing Law implemented by the state government in … Read article

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Cattle Herders Brouhaha: Is ranching the best solution?

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, has explained why ranching remains the best panacea to the clashes between farmers and herdsmen in the country. Speaking during his appearance on a special Channels Television programme – The Core on Wednesday, Ogbeh said people were against the decision because ranches were poorly managed. Read […]

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SA to launch seedless breeding Table Grape program in Germany

The Agricultural Research Council (ARC), in partnership with the South African Table Grape Industry (SATI) and Culdevco will launch the seedless breeding red table grape variety called Joybells at the South African National Pavilion during the Fruit Logistica Trade Fair taking place in Berlin, Germany. Joybells was cultivated in 2001 by table grape breeder and […]

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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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What you should know about Agricultural Credit Guarantee Scheme Fund (ACGSF)

The ACGSF was established by Decree No. 20 of 1977, and started operations in April, 1978. Its original share capital and paid-up capital were N100 million and N85.6 million, respectively. The Federal Government holds 60% and the Central Bank of Nigeria, 40% of the shares. The capital base of the Scheme was increased to N3 billion in March, […]

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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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Farncrowdy enables agric funding through new app

Farmcrowdy, Nigerian digital agriculture platform, has introduced a new category of funding small scale farming in Africa by allowing Nigerians to venture and sponsor agriculture; and has further announced the launch of its first app for Android, iOS and Windows mobile devices. Techstars Atlanta alumnus, Farmcrowdy is reshaping the way in which people participate in […]

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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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Why CRISPR Cas9 is of utmost importance to you

There are so many things we know and yet so many we don’t know. Today I learned about CRISPR Cas9 which has to do with agricultural seeds and their modifications or call it testing if you like. The technology seems to have begun in the early parts of 2014 to 2015 Read more about it […]

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OFAB Leads Knowledge Sharing in Bio-Safety Technology

OFAB is Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa and is a platform created to manage a range of platforms for sharing knowledge and for sharing scientific research on biotechnology that will raise the profile of this technology. It’s also for informed policy decision making made to guide policy makers who are always confronted with […]

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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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