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Agribusiness / Food in Rwanda

  • ‘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.
  • 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.
  • Farmers Push for Affordable Irish Potato Seeds

    RWANDA, 2017/01/13 The Soaring prices of Irish potato seeds has left smallholder farmers lamenting, triggering efforts by different stakeholders to a seek remedy. The prices for seeds, presently between Rwf600 and Rwf700, are soaring at the time at the same time as farmers are getting little from the produce, with the farm price for a kilogramme of Irish potato presently down to between Rwf110 and 110, according to farmers from Northern and Western provinces - the region where the crop is predominantly grown.
  • Rwanda: Maize Farmers

    RWANDA, 2016/02/22 Stakeholders in maize price chain have vowed to stamp out speculative buyers in order to streamline trade. During a maize stakeholders conference in Kigali on Wednesday, speculative buyers were cited as the major challenge impeding maize trading in the country. Evariste Tugirinshuti, the president of maize farmers' association said lack of maize collection centres was the major cause of persistent speculative buyers. He said, "farmers have organised themselves in cooperatives through which they sell their produce. However, a lot of of them sell to speculative buyers to avoid walking long distances to transit collection centres. If we had enough collection centres as it is for Irish potatoes, I think the issue of speculative buyers could be addressed."
  • Rwanda: New IT APP to Help Potato Farmers Improve Incomes

    RWANDA, 2015/12/14 The United States Agency for International Development, through its project, Private Sector Driven Agricultural Increase (PSDAG), is piloting a technology solution and web application that is designed to help increase farmers' productivity and the market competitiveness of Irish potatoes. Dubbed Farmbook, the tech solution is expected to help address challenges Irish potato farmers face such as lack of easy access to market data and low harvest incomes due to separate places of sale. The development follows the Ministry of Trade and Commerce move to set up a new strategy to market Irish potatoes in Rwanda through potato collection centres.
  • Rwanda: Kayonza's Hi-Tech Farmer Grows Vegetables Without Using Soil

    RWANDA, 2015/10/28 A few metres off the Kigali-Kayonza highway, next to Silent Hill Hotel in Mukarange Sector of Kayonza District, lies a fenced farm, which is the Centre for Innovative Technologies in Agriculture and Construction (CITAC). It is a appropriate farm and a training centre to-be. The centre stands out, thanks to its incomparable farming systems - land optimisation by growing crops vertically in a greenhouse, where specially-created containers or beds are filled with stones to keep nutrient-laden water sift through, a farming practice commonly known as 'soilless' culture, Livingstone Byandaga, the CITAC proprietor, says. The enterprise is applying an agricultural concept called hydroponic, which Byandaga says is defined as 'working water'. "Simply put, hydroponic farming is the art of growing plants without using soil," he adds.
  • Students display their spirulina project at the Herzliya Hebrew Gymnasium

    ISRAEL, 2015/07/27
  • Govt Steps Up Efforts to Boost Fish Farming

    RWANDA, 2013/01/23 A senior official of the Food and Agricultural Organisation (Fao) has urged fish farmers to enhance their activities, saying the practice offers unmatched business opportunities for farmers to improve their socio-economic status. Blessing Mafumo, the regional aquaculture advisor for Fao's SmartFish Programme, was speaking to the The New Times on the sidelines of a one-week training for fish farmers drawn from across the country.