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  • 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.
  • Mauritania to Benefit From U.S.$21 Million IFAD Grant to Boost Food Security, Nutrition and Reduce Rural Poverty

    MAURITANIA, 2017/01/13 A total of 285,600 farmers, particularly women and young people in six regions in southern Mauritania will benefit from a financial agreement signed today between the International Fund for Agricultural Improvment(IFAD) and Mauritania to improve their incomes, nutrition and food security. The agreement for the Inclusive Price Chain Development Project (PRODEFI) was signed in Rome by Michel Mordasini, Vice-President of IFAD and Mariem Aouffa, Ambassador of Mauritania to Italy and Permanent Representative to Rome-based United Nations agencies. The total cost of the project is US$45.2 million of which IFAD is providing a US$21 million grant inclunding $6 million grant from the Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP) Trust Fund.
  • Will Saudi agricultural investments in Sudan leave Egypt high and dry?

    EGYPT, 2016/01/11 Riyadh has been encouraging Saudi investors to pump additional money into Sudan in conjunction with Sudan’s participation in the Saudi-led intervention against the Houthis in Yemen. From presently on internal reports prepared by Egypt’s Water Resources and Irrigation Ministry, along with the Agriculture and Land Reclamation Ministry, confirm that Sudan is by presently using its entire allotment of Nile water, according to a government official briefed on the issue who spoke to Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity.
  • Morocco’s Sugar Production Exceeds 1.65 Million Tons Per Year

    MOROCCO, 2015/09/20 Morocco has made a great effort over the completed three years to guarantee its domestic sugar needs by increasing the in general production capacity to 1.65 million tons annually, Mounir Hassan, an official from Morocco’s Inter-Professional Federation of Sugar (FIMASUCRE), announced during the International Sugar Conference in Marrakesh. Morocco’s current annual production of sugar covers the country’s annual consumption of around 1.2 million tons.
  • Morocco in Africa - Delivering the Bread Basket

    CASABLANCA, 2015/08/24 Recent articles underscore the importance of Morocco's initiatives in West and Central Africa, specifically in the agricultural sector. In a World Bank blog, Jean-Christophe Maur, a Senior Economist in the Increase and Competitiveness Program at the World Bank Institute, argues that the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which enjoys a strong working relationship with Morocco, must do additional to promote regional solutions. His blog, Feeding West Africa: An Schedule for Regional Trade, points out that "In West Africa, home of nearly 300 million people, agriculture employs 60% of the labor force. However, despite great potential, the region is increasingly dependent on food imports to meet its consumption needs; food imports have additional than tripled in the completed 10 years." This fact alone emphasizes the importance of King Mohammed VI's initiatives to enhance agricultural cooperation with ECOWAS states (Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria and Niger) inclunding neighbors throughout Central and West Africa. Over the completed three years, he has visited additional than a dozen African nations, and signed agreements related to agriculture and human development that include Moroccan services and resources integral to a regional strategy of collaboration.
  • A girl farms the land during the rainy season outside Gereida, Sudan

    EGYPT, 2015/08/08 The countries covered by the Egyptian project for foreign agriculture have an abundance and diversity of water sources, but declining agricultural development due to lack of funding and agricultural machinery. In Sudan, which has a surface area of ​​1.8 million square kilometers (445 million acres), cultivated areas do not exceed 45 million acres, according to the latest statistics by the Central Bank of Sudan. That is about a fifth of the country’s arable area, estimated at 200 million acres.
  • Egypt, Saudi Arabia Agree On Increasing Agricultural Investments

    EGYPT, 2015/04/25 Egypt and Saudi Arabia agreed on increasing the Saudi investments in Egypt so as to remove the obstacles in front of activating the Arab investments particularly in the field of agriculture. It was as well agreed to form a technical committee to inspect the investment sites and prepare full studies about the soil, water and atmosphere around the year inclunding the uses of the new and renewable energies. These remarks came during discussion session held in Cairo between the Egyptian Agriculture Minister Salah Helal and his Saudi counterpart Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen al Fadhli and his accompanying delegation.
  • Algeria: Cereal Imports Increase By Nearly U.S.$3.3 Billion in First 11 Months of 2014

    ALGERIA, 2015/01/16 imports of cereals (wheat, barley and maize) reached $3.29 billion during the initial 11 months of 2014 against $2.92 billion in the same period of 2013, down 12.52%, Algerian Customs told Tuesday APS. The quantities of imported cereals recorded an upward trend to reach 24.4% with 11.35 million tonnes of the cereals purchased between January and November 2014, against 9.13 million tonnes during the same period of 2013. The import bill of cereals in the initial 11 months of 2014 has by presently exceeded that of all the year 2013, during which Algeria imported $3.16 billion of these foodstuffs.
  • What is the possibility of Sudan one day becoming the breadbasket of the Arab world?

    SUDAN, 2015/01/08 There are an estimated 200 million acres of land in Sudan, 70% of which is not being utilized. This is why the Government has identified the agriculture and livestock sector as being one of the majority significant sectors, and it is playing a vital role in food security and employment opportunities and is making a direct contribution to poverty and social development. It by presently employs 80% of the Sudanese workforce, and accounts for almost 40% of GDP. One of the biggest players in the agriculture in Sudan is Kenana Sugar Company. Managing Director Mohamed Elmardi Eltigani speaks to AFA Press about the agriculture industry, Kenana and its entry into the bionenergy field, and the company’s admirable CSR work
  • FAO body empowered to fight illegal fishing

    EUROPE, 2014/05/25 The European Commission welcomed key reform making the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) a modern, competent and effective body overseeing sustainable fishing and the conservation of fish stocks in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. The GFCM is a United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization body whose role is to protect fish stocks in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. The agreement reached in Rome on Tuesday is in line with the new EU Common Fisheries Policy and provides the organisation the tools to fight illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fisheries. The reformed GFCM will establish common standard and rules, setting a level playing field in the region. It will as well strengthen cooperation between GFCM Members for the sustainable management of the fish stocks they share, and will encourage fishermen to be additional involved in the conservation of the fish that are their livelihood.