Turning youth into agricultural entrepreneurs

By Charles Mkoka [LILONGWE] Equipping youth with innovative technologies could expand their business opportunities in agricultural value chain and turn many into entrepreneurs in Southern Africa. This was one of the major impressions I got from Canadian Cultivate Africa’s Future Fund (CultiAF) entrepreneurship and innovation training last month (21-24 February) in Lilongwe, Malawi, where I …

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Alliances in cassava R&D will aid food security

By Gilbert Nakweya [YAOUNDE, CAMEROON] Strengthening collaborations among institutions and small-scale cassava farmers could help Central Africa reduce hunger and foster nutrition security, experts say. Research scientists from academic institutions and policymakers say that collaborations in research and development would promote innovation to address the challenges of nutrition insecurity such as stunting in children. The …

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Mixed approach holds promise to African farmers

By Sam Otieno [NAIROBI] Harnessing smart and sustainable approaches including planting crop varieties suitable for the right soil types and using emerging technologies could boost food production in Sub-Saharan Africa, a meeting has heard. Experts who spoke at the Yara East Africa Annual Distributors Event held in Kenya last month (20 January) agreed that there …

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Panel formed to advise Africa on use of technologies

By Munyaradzi Makoni [CAPE TOWN] A ten-member panel has been appointed by the outgoing chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission to advise the continent on use of existing and emerging technologies for economic development. According to the AU Commission’s implementing agency, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), African countries need to strengthen legal …

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Fighting low wheat production in Africa

By Alex Abutu [ABUJA, NIGERIA] If scientists, farmers and policy makers could consistently work together, Africa will achieve self-sufficiency in wheat production in the very near future. That was one of the central themes at a meeting convened in Nigeria recently to discuss wheat matters, including presentations of various studies. From the participants at the …

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