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Agriculture in Central Africa

  • 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.
  • Gabon’s agricultural plans advance

    GABON, 2017/04/06 A drive to increase agricultural output and make Gabon a leader in African palm oil production took a key step forward this month with the completion of the country’s major palm oil plant. Palm oil’s potential Located in Mouila, in the south-eastern province of Ngounié, the new palm oil factory is being operated by the Singapore-based Olam Group. Its position among a 38,300-ha oil palm grove provides the facility with direct access to an abundance of raw materials. Olam plans to increase production over time by cultivating the 100,000-ha granted to it under the terms of the concession.
  • European Union supports agriculture in São Tomé and Príncipe

    EUROPEAN UNION, 2017/01/23 São Tomé and Príncipe and the European Union (EU) signed a cooperation agreement worth 6.7 million euros on Thursday in São Tomé to fund the development of agriculture in the archipelago, announced the European representative, Helmut Kulitz. The document, which is valid for four years, was signed by the São Tomé minister of Foreign Affairs and Communities, Urbino Botelho and Helmut Kulitz, who said the funding allocated would be used to implement agricultural projects, particularly in cocoa, coffee and pepper plantations.
  • Angola grants 7,000 hectares of land to Cabo Verde

    ANGOLA, 2015/11/21 The government of Angola granted a plot of 7,000 hectares in Kwanza Sul province to Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) for agricultural development, said Thursday the Cape Verdean ambassador to Angola, Francisco Veiga. The ambassador, at the end of a courtesy visit to the governor of Kwanza Sul, Eusébio de Brito Teixeira, said the government would presently consider what to produce on the land but said that maize production from improved seeds was one of the priority crops. “The Ministries of Rural Development and Finance and Planning are by presently examining this file, so that the government can decide what will be produced in those 7,000 hectares,” said the ambassador quoted by Angolan news agency Angop.
  • In Central Africa an estimated 80% of cultivated land is worked manually.

    AFRICA, 2015/11/21 Most of sub-Saharan Africa’s economies are dominated by the agriculture sector. On average, agriculture accounts for 32% of gross domestic product and employs 65% of the labour force. In some nations, it contributes over 80% of trade in price and additional than 50% of raw materials to industries. But despite being a crucial sector in a lot of economies, agricultural productivity on the continent is very low. Yields of maize and other staple cereals have typically remained at about one tonne per hectare – about 1/3 of the average completed in Asia and Latin America. During the completed 30 years, the competitiveness of a lot of sub-Saharan Africa export crops has declined and the region’s dependence on imported food crops has increased. In the years ahead, world warming is expected to intensify the current constraints on food production.
  • 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.
  • Italy supports agricultural development in Angola

    ITALY, 2015/07/22 The governments of Angola and Italy plan to sign a memorandum of considerate on agriculture, as part of a three-day visit to Luanda Italian Minister Maurizio Martina began Monday, according to Angolan news agency Angop. The Italian Minister for Agriculture, Food and Forestry is due Tuesday to attend the Italy-Angola Business Forum, taking place on the sidelines of the 32nd edition of the Luanda International equitable (Filda) . During his remain in Angola, Maurizio Martina is due to meet with the Minister of Trade, Rosa Pacavira and the Secretaries of National for Industry and Fisheries.
  • Angola plans to increase corn production

    ANGOLA, 2015/07/19 Angola plans, in the next two years, to produce 63 % of the corn it consumes and to spend 100 billion kwanzas on the Support Plan for Corn Production in Angola, approved by presidential decree. The plan aims to increase corn production to 4.9 million tons, compared to production of 1.3 million tons in 2014 from Explorações Agrícolas Empresariais (EAE) and over 359,900 tons from Explorações Agrícolas Familiares (EAF), an all which covered just 40 % of national needs (4.2 million tons).
  • Forestry in Equatorial Guinea - EG offers huge investment opportunities in the agriculture and forestry sectors

    EQUATORIAL GUINEA, 2015/04/27 COMALI has been 15 years successfully exploiting EG’s forests, and is presently set to go further adding price to EG’s demanded wood. How is the wood sector in Equatorial Guinea? Equatorial Guinea is a welcoming country. We have been here for 15 years. Here you respect people and people respect you. Life is good. Our industry, timber, is fine. It needs some modifications to improve the conditions of forest management and to achieve a higher profit. We need additional ideas, technology and additional training for the people in woodworking. The logs that are left in the forest can be converted into energy. One of the priority areas to be developed by the government is agriculture. You were by presently telling us that there are opportunities to add price to the sector with transformation.
  • Angola Agriculture Ministry Organises Roundtable With Donors and Partners

    ANGOLA, 2015/01/01 The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development last Tuesday in Luanda organised a roundtable with donors and some partners, reads a note from the mentioned governmental department. Part the partners that participated in the roundtable are the United Nations Food and Agriculture Fund (FAO), World Bank, European Union, Spanish Co-operation, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the African Improvment(AfDB), inclunding representatives of national institutions linked to the agricultural sector.