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Crop-killing armyworm caterpillar reaches Rwanda, Kenya

Rwanda's government announced on Wednesday, 19 April, it had discovered Fall armyworm on its crops, making it the third east African country afflicted by the plant-eating pest also recently spotted in Kenya.

21 Apr 2017

EAC states now act on overfishing to save stocks in Lake Victoria

Faced with dwindling fish stocks in Lake Victoria, East African states have moved to institute stringent measures to control fishing in the shared water body

By Halima Abdallah 15 Mar 2017

MasterCard assists 1.1 million African smallholder farmers

The MasterCard Foundation has committed a total of $38.3 million for programmes to improve productivity and market access for farmers in 11 African countries

7 Mar 2017

Youth are Africa's future ‘agripreneurs'

The MasterCard Foundation's Young Africa Works Summit presents youth as drivers of Africa's agricultural transformation and employment…

24 Jan 2017

Africa hit worst by extreme weather in 2015

Four of the 10 countries hammered hardest in 2015 by climate-boosted extreme weather are in Africa

9 Nov 2016

Grain Council calls for sensitisation on rules of origin

EAGC Rwanda has called for more sensitisation about rules of origin policies between regional blocs to ensure local traders understand them to benefit from the proposed Tripartite Free Trade Area

By John Mbaraga 24 Oct 2016

4th Addis Agrofood Exhibition in Ethiopia

The fourth International Addis Agrofood Agriculture, Agricultural Machinery, Food, Food Technologies and Packaging Exhibition is one of the fastest growing agro-food events

27 Sep 2016

China key partner in Africa's agriculture development - FAO official

China is playing a significant role towards transformation of Africa's agriculture sector, which has contributed to food and nutrition security

22 Sep 2016

Agribusiness congress comes to Kampala

Focus on 'agripreneurs' for economic growth as Agribusiness Congress East Africa comes to Kampala in November

22 Sep 2016

Big business opportunities ahead for Africa - McKinsey

Africa's overall growth has slowed but new research shows long-term fundamentals are strong and there are big business opportunities ahead

16 Sep 2016

Web TV aims to boost youth interest in African farming

Agribusiness TV is an internet television station which aims to inspire youth interest in farming in Burkina Faso and further afield in Africa

8 Sep 2016

New policy for Rwanda urban forestry

Officials say unselective species of trees have been planted across Kigali and other towns around the country with no regard to international standards for urban forestry

By Athan Tashobya 5 Sep 2016

Exciting future for continent that accesses the power of Internet of Things

With smartphone usage on the up and IT literacy expanding, bringing Internet of Things (IoT) level connectivity is a natural progression for this tech-hungry continent

By Brett Parker 16 Aug 2016

Food for thought from the land of a thousand hills

On my most recent visit to Rwanda, it was evident that farmers there are beginning to do well

By Gordon Conway 4 Jul 2016

Young agribusiness innovators to participate in the Africa Green Revolution Forum

Representatives from East Africa youth-owned startups and small and medium-sized enterprises were nominated to participate in this year's African Green Revolution Forum

6 Oct 2015

AECI plans to reduce its reliance on a weak SA

JSE-listed AECI plans to start producing explosives in Australia by year-end‚ as the chemicals and explosives firm looks to reduce its reliance on South Africa's weak mining and manufacturing sectors.

By Nick Hedley 30 Jul 2014

Sanlam looking to invest in Africa, South-East Asia

Sanlam says it has R3bn in discretionary capital that is earmarked for growth opportunities mainly in Africa and South-East Asia.

By Phakamisa Ndzamela 6 Jun 2014

Fast-track fund for food security

Many African countries are farming countries, where agriculture is both a major component of gross domestic product growth as well as local employment and food supply.

By Shaun Harris 26 Nov 2013

Smallholder farming to be transformed through ICT, mobile

Michael Hailu, director of the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), announced at ICT4Ag that smallholder farming is set to be transformed by a combination of investment and increasing access to ICTs, particularly mobile phones.

6 Nov 2013

Quick meals for Africa

In SA, Famous Brands produces 265,000 cups of specially blended coffee a day. With 2,175 restaurants, the company, whose brands include Wimpy, Steers and Mugg & Bean, also makes 77m ice-cream cones a year. It's the big daddy of SA franchising, with a R9,7bn market capitalisation, and it wants to repeat its local success in the rest of Africa.

By Zeenat Moorad 16 Sep 2013

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