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  • Zimbabwe: Racist Land Policies Fatal for Economy, Warn Analysts

    ZIMBABWE, 2017/11/01 Analysts have described a government policy pronouncement which provides for long term leases to black farmers and short term ones for their white counterparts as discriminatory and bad for the economy. Under the arrangement, the remaining 400 farmers will be issued with five year leases while their counterparts receive 99 year bankable leases. Lands minister Douglas Mombeshora as well told chiefs on Saturday that all partnerships with whites, should black farmers consider them, must be approved by his ministry.
  • “Africa will become the food basket of the world” – Dangote

    WORLD, 2017/10/17 Nigerian business leader Aliko Dangote told investors Africa will become the food basket of the world.” In a packed room at the headquarters of world law firm Shearman and Sterling LLC high-level business leaders and international diplomats invited by the Corporate Council for Africa to hear Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, and Rwandan president Paul Kagame openly discuss on Africa’s opportunities and challenges.
  • Drought cuts 14pc in tea production

    KENYA, 2017/10/17 Tea production in the initial eight months of the year dropped 14 % due to a severe drought in the initial quarter. Monthly data from the Tea Directorate indicate the volumes of the crop dropped from 309 million kilos last year between January and August to 265 million kilos in the corresponding period this year.
  • Cote d’Ivoire: Agriculture development key to stop illegal migration-Stakeholders

    CôTE D'IVOIRE, 2017/10/17 Conference in the Ivorian city of Jacqueville, Stakeholders in the agricultural sector, on Saturday, presented agriculture development programs aimed at easing the illegal migration crisis.The presentation took place about 50 km west of the capital city Abidjan, where the 37th edition of World Food Day was celebrated around the theme, “Changing the next of migration: investing in food security and rural development.”
  • 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.
  • St Lucia Government Considers Insurance and Pension Programmes For Agriculture

    AMERICAS, 2017/10/12 Agriculture officials in St Lucia are in discussions about an insurance and pension scheme as part of the new programme for agriculture. Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries, Cooperatives, Natural Resources and Physical Planning Ezekiel Joseph said that given world adverse weather conditions due to climate change, an insurance programme for farmers is critical to the stabilization of the agriculture sector. “With the reality of climate change and the frequency with which we experience drought, hurricanes, and tropical storms, this is even additional significant presently,” he said.
  • Nigerian Investor Sets Up $135 Million Commodities Exchange

    CHINA, 2017/09/09 A Nigerian startup is developing a new agricultural commodities exchange in Africa’s most populous country to take chance of the government’s efforts to boost farming output to reduce reliance on oil. The exchange, Integrated Produce City Ltd., will be located near the southern city of Benin, about 300 kilometers (186 miles) east of Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial hub, a site accessible to nearby growers of cocoa, palm oil, rubber and cassava, Chief Executive Officer Pat Utomi said in an interview.
  • Zambia insists on fish import restriction despite deficit

    ZAMBIA, 2017/09/05 The Zambian government said on Wednesday that it will not allow imports of fish that can be locally produced despite the prevailing fish deficit in the country. Minister of Fisheries and Livestock Michael Katambo said the government will only allow for the importation of exotic fishes not found in any of the country's water bodies.
  • Ethiopia: Nation Toiling to Harvest a Bumper Crop

    ETHIOPIA, 2017/09/03 Agriculture and Natural Resources Ministry announced that over 90 % of the cultivated land in the country has been covered by various crops. It as well stated that it has been exerting efforts to overcome El Niño related challenges. The Ministry Crop Development Acting Director Esayas Lema told The Ethiopian Herald that agricultural production and productivity have been growing by six % for a lot of consecutive years. For instance, during the last harvest season, the country managed to gain bumper crop of twenty million quintals.
  • Ethiopia: Land Certification - Will It Bring Tenure Security?

    ETHIOPIA, 2017/09/02 The government strongly believes that issuing land certificate to farmers is the only way to bring land tenure security and empower farmers across the country. Nevertheless, some argue that providing land certificate has nothing to do with such kind of security. "Before the issuance of the land certificate, the territories per plot had not been clearly defined, as a result,there were a number of land disputes part farmers. They as well used to waste their precious time at court in a bid to end the litigation," says Tigistu Gebremeskel , Directorate Director of Land Management and Utilization at the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources.