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Agribusiness / Food in Southern 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.
  • Zimbabwe: 'So Many Questions' - Zim Bans Polystyrene, but Are There Alternatives?

    ZIMBABWE, 2017/07/17 Zimbabwe says a ban on polystyrene food packaging has come into force with immediate result in a bid to curb environmental and health hazards associated with the material. But a lot of are wondering if local producers and users of kaylite (as it's known locally) can they find alternatives quickly enough. In a public notice published on its Facebook page, Zimbabwe's national Environmental Management Agency (EMA) said the ban was "with immediate result".
  • 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.
  • How to Produce More Food With Less Damage to Soil, Water, Forests

    WORLD, 2017/06/07 Massive agriculture intensification is contributing to increased deforestation, water scarcity, soil depletion and the level of greenhouse gas emission, the United Nations warns. To achieve sustainable development we must transform current agriculture and food systems, inclunding by supporting smallholders and family farmers, reducing pesticide and chemical use, and improving land conservation practices, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) director-general on May 30 said in Brussels addressing European lawmakers.
  • 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.
  • Southern Africa: Smarter Farming Could Cut Hunger in Drought-Hit Southern Africa

    MALAWI, 2016/09/17 Innovations from crop insurance to swapping cattle for goats could help the region stand up to worsening drought, researchers say Southern African farmers facing hunger as a result of worsening drought know a lot about climate change but lack the resources to put solutions that work into place, agriculture and development researchers say. That is in part because government agricultural extension services, which offer training and advice to farmers, have too few agents, according to a statement by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation, based in the Netherlands. In a lot of cases, farmers are simply not aware of potential solutions, said Oluyede Ajayi, a senior programme coordinator with the centre, speaking on the sidelines of a regional conference this week in Johannesburg on scaling up climate-smart agricultural solutions.
  • Africa: Agriculture Sector Players Commit to Increase Agriculture Finance

    AFRICA, 2016/08/06 practitioners in rural and agriculture finance have committed to increase finance in the sector as the international conference on best practices in rural and agriculture concludes in Kigali. Participants agreed approaching up with best ways for access to finance, increase production and cutting down the cost of production in agriculture. Closing the conference, Dr. Monique Nsanzabaganwa, Vice Governor of the Central Bank of Rwanda thanked participants for working hard to learn as much as possible. "Everyone should be eager to learn because everyone has something to do better than what they have been doing". She called on financial institutions to overcome fear of risk while financing the agriculture sector.
  • Zimbabwe Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa

    ZIMBABWE, 2016/07/27 Zimbabwe has started rolling out a $500 million program to boost corn production to meet domestic food request. The three-year plan is aimed at raising plantings and expanding irrigation to increase production of the dietary staple to 2 million metric tons a year, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa told reporters on Monday. The country harvested 742,000 tons of corn in the 2014-15 season, less than the 1.8 million tons needed by the Zimbabwean people.