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  • World food prices up 8.2% in 2017

    AFGHANISTAN, 2018/01/13 World food prices rose by 8.2 % in 2017 compared to 2016, the UN's food agency said on Friday (Jan 12). The Food and Agriculture Organisation said that its FAO Food Price Index averaged 174.6 points in 2017, the highest annual average since 2014. In December alone, however, the index - a measure of the monthly change in international prices of a basket of food commodities - stood at 169.8 points, down 3.3 % from November, the FAO said in a statement.
  • Southern Africa: Graca Machel Urges Better Nutrition for Mothers, Children

    BOTSWANA, 2018/01/06 One of each four children under five years old in southern Africa suffers from stunted increase in that they are too short for their age, often as a result of inadequate nutrition. This was revealed at the southern African launch of the 2017 World Nutrition Statement in Johannesburg this week. "The indicators for nutrition are... alarming," said a press release from the Graça Machel Trust and the World Food Programme.
  • Africa's Top 10 Most Food-Secure Countries

    BOTSWANA, 2018/01/06 FINDING enough to eat has been an ages-old challenge for Africans. Against a physical environment often hostile to agricultural and pastoral activity - deserts, mountains and dense forests - the people explosion of the completed century has made the goal of food security an ever additional difficult accomplishment. 'Additional and additional people compete for a finite all of agricultural production. However, political will by governments to prioritise food security, combined with the use of new crop and food production technologies, has allowed some nations to break the chains of food insecurity,' says a statement by South Africa-based research and consulting firm, In On Africa*.
  • ‘Betting on Africa to Feed the World’ – AfDB president Adesina

    BOTSWANA, 2017/10/17 The president of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, will deliver the Norman Borlaug Lecture on Monday 16 October as part of the World Food Prize events taking place from October 16 to 20, 2017 in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. The Norman Borlaug Lecture under the title: “Betting on Africa to Feed the World”, will be held on World Food Day, October 16, in conjunction with the annual World Food Prize celebration.
  • South Africa targets increased investment for food and beverages

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2017/07/31 South Africa’s food and beverages industry is one of a handful of key agri-processing segments set to benefit from a new national-led investment incentive scheme. Launched at the end of June, the Department of Trade and Industry’s Agro-Processing Support Scheme (APSS) offers cost-sharing grants to be awarded to the price of 20-30% of basic investments.
  • Africa: How to Adapt to Beat Crippling Droughts

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/17 Right presently, 14 million people across southern Africa face going hungry due to the prolonged drought brought on by the strongest El Niño in 50 years. South Africa will import half of its maize and in Zimbabwe as a lot of as 75 % of crops have been abandoned in the worst-hit areas. With extreme weather, such as failed rains, and drought projected to become additional likely as a result of climate change, some farmers are by presently taking matters into their own hands, and pro-actively diversifying the crops they grow.
  • Africa And Middle East Famines: How China Can Do More

    CHINA, 2017/07/09 The unprecedented outbreak of famine early this year in Africa and the Middle East can be traced to conflict as the root cause. Can China step in to help mitigate the calamity through its Belt and Road initiative? Famine broke out in South Sudan in March 2017. At around the same time, the United Nations announced that Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen were as well on the verge of being hit by long draught, putting around 20 million at risk of starvation. The UN described this as an unprecedented humanitarian crisis and appealed to the international community to donate US$4.4 billion — with little success.
  • Africa: Factbox-World's Major Famines of the Last 100 Years

    BOTSWANA, 2017/03/12 People are currently starving to death in four nations, and 20 million lives are at risk in the next six months The U.N. children's agency UNICEF said on Tuesday nearly 1.4 million children were at "imminent risk" of death in famines in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. Famine was formally declared on Monday in parts of South Sudan, which has been mired in civil war since 2013. People are by presently starving to death in all four nations, and the World Food Programme says additional than 20 million lives are at risk in the next six months. The United Nations defines famine as at the same time as at least 20 % of households in an area face extreme food shortages, acute malnutrition rates exceed 30 %, and two or additional people per 10,000 are dying per day.
  • South Africa – maize planting hit by drought across the country

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2016/01/06 Fewer than half of the country’s maize farmers were able to plant because of the drought, placing the country’s food security in peril. This week is make or break next farmers in maize-growing areas who hoped for a wet Christmas were disappointed. Maize farmers in the western areas of the country can, according to agriculture experts, still try to plant by Thursday, at the new, but there is no rain in sight. Of the 1.37 million hectares earmarked for white maize, less than half of it – 584 500ha – has been planted, according to statistics obtained from Free National Maize (FSM), a company that finances farmers to produce grain.
  • South Africa: Silo Collapse Clean Up Could Take Four Weeks

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2015/12/14 Cleaning up about 11 500 tons of canola seeds following the collapse of 14 silos at the Sentraal-Suid Koöperasie (SSK) in Swellendam started on Monday morning. It was expected to take about four weeks. The 20-year-old steel structures at the agricultural co-operative toppled like dominoes on December 1. CEO Ernst Pelser said the collapsed silos would be removed from the site and rebuilt once all the seeds had been collected. "The procedure is being overseen by structural engineers and the operation will ensure that the best and safest methods are used," he said.