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Agriculture in East Africa

  • Drought cuts 14pc in tea production

    KENYA, 2017/10/17 Tea production in the initial eight months of the year dropped 14 % due to a severe drought in the initial quarter. Monthly data from the Tea Directorate indicate the volumes of the crop dropped from 309 million kilos last year between January and August to 265 million kilos in the corresponding period this year.
  • Africa's Economic Future Depends on Its Farms

    BOTSWANA, 2017/10/16 At the same time as the economies of Nigeria and South Africa recently rebounded, it wasn't oil or minerals that did the trick. It was agriculture. Faster and additional sustainable agricultural increase is crucial not only to the continent's economy, but as well to its ability to feed and employ its surging people. Agriculture still accounts for a quarter of gross domestic product and as much as two-thirds of employment in sub-Saharan Africa. In fact, agricultural increase has the biggest impact on non-farm gain and reducing poverty.
  • Zambia insists on fish import restriction despite deficit

    ZAMBIA, 2017/09/05 The Zambian government said on Wednesday that it will not allow imports of fish that can be locally produced despite the prevailing fish deficit in the country. Minister of Fisheries and Livestock Michael Katambo said the government will only allow for the importation of exotic fishes not found in any of the country's water bodies.
  • Ethiopia: Nation Toiling to Harvest a Bumper Crop

    ETHIOPIA, 2017/09/03 Agriculture and Natural Resources Ministry announced that over 90 % of the cultivated land in the country has been covered by various crops. It as well stated that it has been exerting efforts to overcome El Niño related challenges. The Ministry Crop Development Acting Director Esayas Lema told The Ethiopian Herald that agricultural production and productivity have been growing by six % for a lot of consecutive years. For instance, during the last harvest season, the country managed to gain bumper crop of twenty million quintals.
  • Ethiopia: Land Certification - Will It Bring Tenure Security?

    ETHIOPIA, 2017/09/02 The government strongly believes that issuing land certificate to farmers is the only way to bring land tenure security and empower farmers across the country. Nevertheless, some argue that providing land certificate has nothing to do with such kind of security. "Before the issuance of the land certificate, the territories per plot had not been clearly defined, as a result,there were a number of land disputes part farmers. They as well used to waste their precious time at court in a bid to end the litigation," says Tigistu Gebremeskel , Directorate Director of Land Management and Utilization at the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
  • Burundi: 'Decreased Agricultural Productivity Causes Low Growth in Burundi'

    BURUNDI, 2017/07/16 Increase in Burundi is low, due to the low productivity of the subsistence agriculture on which the majority of the people depends, reveals the analysis presented on 13 July in Bujumbura by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). On the occasion of the publication of the Burundi profile, the UNECA, which conducted an analysis on economic and social performance in Burundi with a focus on recent developments next the socio-economic crisis of 2015, reported that the country's increase rate was -3.9% in 2015, but is expected to reach 2% by 2017.
  • Kenya moves to expand its livestock sector

    KENYA, 2017/07/15 Rising domestic request for meat and dairy products is driving expansion in Kenya’s livestock industry, prompting the government to commission a new sector policy. Drafting new policy On June 6 the Kenyan government announced a new two-year project with the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to draft a sustainable livestock policy that can help the country meet growing request and strengthen its food security. The aim is to craft livestock policies through to 2050, accounting for factors such as climate change, frequent droughts and floods, epidemics and epizootics, and conflicts over land and water use.
  • Kenya: Smallholder Farmers in Kenya in the Race Against Climate Change

    KENYA, 2017/07/12 By adopting agroforestry and improved agricultural practices, a community in western Kenya has increased their gain and improved their living standards. They are instantly training other farmers to do the same. Smallholder farms make up most of the remote village of Siwot in Kericho County. Part of the wider western Kenyan region, most farmers grow maize, beans and vegetables for subsistence, and coffee and sugarcane as cash crops. And like a lot of communities in western Kenya, and in the Nyando river basin in particular, they are aware of the potential that impact climate change will have on their lives and those of their children.
  • 'We don't know what they do behind the wall': Zambian women miss out on help

    ZAMBIA, 2017/07/02 China is setting up agricultural centres across Africa, but in Zambia – where the majority of farmers are female smallholders – few women get the luck to learn On the highway heading towards Chongwe, 15km south-east of Lusaka, the red Chinese lettering, high flagpoles and gleaming modern architecture of the Zambia Chinese Agricultural Technology Demonstration Centre (ZATDC) stand out amid the vast fields of maize. It is one of 25 such centres built across the continent as part of a grand plan to bring agricultural training to local people, helping them produce better crops with higher yields, so that food security is improved for everyone.
  • Malawi: Chaponda to Be Backbencher in Malawi Parliament

    MALAWI, 2017/02/26 Fired Agriculture minister George Chaponda is not reporting for duties at parliament since he lost his job on Wednesday. Chaponda has not been allocated any seat as a back has not been going to parliament since President Peter Mutharika fired him following a series of allegations of corrupt practices in te procurement of maize from Zambia.