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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

Indian Ocean states move to avert tuna stocks depletion

Tuna Fisheries are to feature prominently in future as the South West Indian Ocean Commission now moves to adopt a draft protocol on access to fishing grounds by foreign vessels

By Sylivester Domasa 17 Feb 2017

Food prices approaching record highs in East Africa due to drought

The continued drought throughout East Africa has had a significant impact on maize harvests and pushed the prices of staple foods and cereals to very high levels, burdening households and posing special risks for pastoralists

15 Feb 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

Better livestock policies in Africa offer a pathway out of poverty

A majority of rural households in Africa keep different livestock species. But only a small proportion can afford to keep good quality livestock

By Thumbi Mwangi 13 Oct 2016

Ethiopia Soil Map arms farmers with new fertilisers in climate fight

Nationwide survey of soil conditions is leading to more effective use of fertilisers and could boost food security

By Pius Sawa 30 Sep 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

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

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

AfDB committed to building resilience of African agriculture

"The goal is nothing if not ambitious: we believe that by 2025, the continent of Africa can be a net exporter, not an importer, of food."

26 Jul 2016

Piracy at lowest level for six years says bureau

LONDON - Sea piracy fell to its lowest level around the world in six years last year thanks to a clampdown on Somali pirates according to the International Maritime Bureau.

17 Jan 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

Crunch time for fruit exports

After 23 years in SA's R6bn fruit industry, many of them as managing director of Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing - SA's biggest producer of apples and pears - Charles Hughes is retiring without having fulfilled his ambition of gaining access to China's vast market. He blames it on the SA government.

16 Sep 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

Families beg for release of Somali hostages

MOGADISHU, SOMALIA: Families of some of the more than 50 sailors and fishermen held hostage by Somali pirates begged for their release last week. Some of the hostages have been held for more than two years.

12 Aug 2013

Africa's food security improves

Food security in the sub-Saharan African region improved this year because of greater food availability and income growth‚ the DuPont global food security index shows.

7 Aug 2013

Somali pirates get life imprisonment in USA

WASHINGTON, USA: Somali pirates dodged the death penalty last week when a US jury sentenced them to life in prison for the high-seas murder of four Americans on a yacht in the Indian Ocean.

6 Aug 2013

Piracy remains "buoyant" off West Africa

LONDON, UK: The number of attacks by pirates worldwide has fallen in the past year but armed robbery and kidnappings at sea have surged off the coast of west Africa, a maritime body said on Monday (15 July).

16 Jul 2013

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