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  • ‘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.
  • West Africa: Farmers in Sahel Learn Ways to Avoid Drought Disaster

    BENIN, 2017/03/12 "We have some very good practices in the region. We just need support to scale them up"
  • Crackdown On Illegal Fishing to Protect Millions of Jobs

    BENIN, 2016/07/18 West Africa nations must crack down on foreign fleets fishing illegally off its Atlantic coastline and build up their fisheries to protect the livelihoods of millions of people, a leading thinktank said on Wednesday. Overfishing by foreign vessels is driving a lot of species towards extinction and destroying the livelihoods of fishing communities in nations such as Ghana, Liberia and Mauritania, said the London-based Overseas Development Institute (ODI).
  • Nigeria: DFID Partners Jigawa On Rice Farming

    NIGERIA, 2015/12/14 Stakeholders in the agricultural sector from Jigawa national met with agro investors in Abuja to iron out grey areas concerning their planned investments in rice and sugar production in the national. The conference looked at responsible agricultural investment (RAI) for Jigawa National taking into consideration issues of land ownership and compensations for displaced farmers part others. Dangote Group is acquiring about 20,000 hectares for rice production to help it achieve the president's self-sufficiency in rice, and the Lead Group wants 10,000 hectares for sugar production in Dagarawa.
  • Cassava Weed Management Project Records Progress Nigeria

    NIGERIA, 2015/06/17 Heads of implementing partner institutions comprising the National Root Crops Research Institute(NRCRI), Umudike; Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta(FUNAAB), and the University of Agriculture Makurdi (UAM) have said they are proud of the evolution made in the implementation of the Cassava Weed Management Project (CWMP)-a project that is led by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). In a briefing session with the Project Coordinating team in Makurdi, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Agriculture Makurdi, Prof Emmanuel Kucha thanked the team for a good job and reechoed the support of the University to the project. Prof Kucha who was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor of UAM, Prof John Ayoade said the equipment donated to the University by the project were of great help to research. He commended the team for efficient and effective sharing of data on the activities of the project through the newsletter and social media, and as well called on other projects to emulate the IITA-CWMP.
  • Where's the Farmer's Consent? G8 'New Alliance' Hurts Africa, Says Activists

    NIGERIA, 2015/06/06 From Nigeria to Tanzania and a lot of points in between, small-scale farmers say they have not been consulted at the same time as large agribusiness, working under the G8's New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition come to push farmers off their land. Farmers in rural Bagamoyo district in Tanzania have been ordered off their land next EcoEnergy, a Swedish-owned company, leased additional than 20,000 hectares from the government to produce sugar cane. They were not consulted, says says Josephat Mshigati, the chief of programmes and policy for Action Aid in Tanzania.
  • NEPC to Train 600 Farmers in Shea Butter Production in Nigeria

    NIGERIA, 2015/01/05 The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) on Wednesday said it would train no fewer than 600 farmers in quality Shea butter production to enhance its export price. The Director-General of the council, Mr. Olusegun Awolowo, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. Awolowo said the training would increase the price of Shea butter in the export market. "The major challenge with us is the quality of some of our exported products but we are concluding plans to put an end to that very any minute at this time.