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Agriculture in West Africa

  • Cote d’Ivoire: Agriculture development key to stop illegal migration-Stakeholders

    CôTE D'IVOIRE, 2017/10/17 Conference in the Ivorian city of Jacqueville, Stakeholders in the agricultural sector, on Saturday, presented agriculture development programs aimed at easing the illegal migration crisis.The presentation took place about 50 km west of the capital city Abidjan, where the 37th edition of World Food Day was celebrated around the theme, “Changing the next of migration: investing in food security and rural development.”
  • 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.
  • Nigerian Investor Sets Up $135 Million Commodities Exchange

    CHINA, 2017/09/09 A Nigerian startup is developing a new agricultural commodities exchange in Africa’s most populous country to take chance of the government’s efforts to boost farming output to reduce reliance on oil. The exchange, Integrated Produce City Ltd., will be located near the southern city of Benin, about 300 kilometers (186 miles) east of Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial hub, a site accessible to nearby growers of cocoa, palm oil, rubber and cassava, Chief Executive Officer Pat Utomi said in an interview.
  • Nigeria's Vice President Commissions Green House Project

    NIGERIA, 2017/08/26 Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN Thursday commissioned a number of projects and held meetings with Mambila Plateau Stakeholders in Jalingo, Taraba National. The VP during the visit, commissioned a 5-hectare 'Green Home' serviced by Onida Agri Solutions, producing vegetables inclunding 250 tonnes of tomatoes per hectare.
  • Nigeria: Obasanjo to Commercial Banks - Lower Interest Rates for Farmers

    NIGERIA, 2017/08/18 Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has urged commercial banks to lower their interest rates to enable farmers access loans for improved agricultural production. Obasanjo made the call at the opening ceremony of the 2017 Niger National Investment Summit held at the Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi Conference Centre, Minna.
  • Cocoa Cote D’Ivoire Cocoa production to lead agricultural sector

    ABIDJAN, 2017/04/19 Côte d’Ivoire‘s agricultural sector is key to its economy and following recent increase, international investment is presently being sought to power further development Agriculture has become a mainstay of Côte d’Ivoire’s economy contributing nearly a quarter to its GDP, but a revamped strategy looks set to ramp that up further over the coming years. The agricultural sector, which is dominated by products such as cocoa, coffee, cashew nuts and cotton, accounts for at least 50% of the West African country’s exports and is estimated to support between 60-70% of jobs in the country.
  • Nigeria Pulling Out of Recession Through Agricultural Activities

    NIGERIA, 2017/03/22 Presidential spokesman Garba Shehu says efforts to get the country out of its present economic challenges is beginning to yield positive results, particularly in the area of agriculture. The presidential aide said this in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday. According to him, an increase in the volume of rice production and processing across the country is by presently saving the country a lot of foreign exchange.
  • Nigeria: Govt, States to Spend 1.8% of Budgets On Agriculture

    NIGERIA, 2017/01/17 The federal and national governments will spend less than two % of their N13.5 trillion total budgets this year on agriculture despite their publicised commitment to the sector, Daily Trust investigations have shown. Analysis of the 2017 combined spending of the federal and 30 national governments shows that they will spend N254 billion (1.8 %) on agriculture. This figure is slightly higher than the N196.3 billion (1.6 %) they spent on the sector last year. About half of these figures would be expended on running the bureaucracies of the agric ministries and their related agencies of forestry, rural development and water resources, part others.
  • Nigeria: ERA/FOEN Wants Imposition of 150% Special Levy On Tobacco Products

    NIGERIA, 2017/01/17 The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has canvassed the immediate imposition of a minimum of 150 % appropriate levies on all tobacco products. Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, had, in a circular to the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) two weeks ago, announced a raise of import business on tobacco from 20 % to 60 %. Other products that as well had their duties reviewed upwards are imported rice, sugarcane, cassava products and salt, part others.
  • Liberia: Agribusiness Expo to Highlight 5-Year Fed Activity

    SIERRA LEONE, 2016/09/17 USAID's Food and Enterprise Improvment(FED), has announced that it will conclude its five-year operation with an Agribusiness Expo. The theme of the event is, "Building a Food fasten Next in Liberia." The Expo will take place on September 13 and 14 at the Monrovia City Hall. Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai will deliver the opening remarks, the organization said in a press release. FED is funded by the United States Agency for International Improvment(USAID) under 'Feed the Next,' the U.S. government's world hunger and food security initiative active in 19 nations around the world, inclunding 12 in Africa. FED operates in Liberia in close collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture.