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SADC farmers call for urgent regional action to help control Fall armyworm infestation

“The Armyworm is known to have a negative impact on agriculture, food security, and trade, making Sub-Saharan Africa more vulnerable due to its high dependence on agriculture.”

2 days ago

Invisible irrigators: how small-scale Tanzanian farmers are making a difference

Despite increased efforts to expand irrigation in Tanzania, the country is still well below its declared target of one million hectares of irrigated land. Or is it?

By Phil Woodhouse 25 Jan 2017

Southern Africa battles armyworm invasion

Armyworms are a common pest, but this year's invasion has sparked particular concern. The worms have destroyed thousands of hectares of maize...

By Lameck Masina 23 Jan 2017

Why Zimbabwe has failed to sate the yearning for land and to fix rural hunger

Almost 40 years after its independence, land reform remains at the heart of Zimbabwe's political and economic challenges...

By Beverly L. Peters 13 Dec 2016

Addressing lack of access to seeds for smallholder farmers

Some of the key issues affecting smallholder farmers' access to good quality seeds include limited knowledge, lack of access to information, high costs of seeds and a lack of seed laws...

6 Dec 2016

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

Severe Southern African drought to worsen: UN

The impact of the most severe drought to hit Southern Africa in 35 years is expected to worsen in the coming months, a UN climate envoy warned...

1 Nov 2016

Mystery 'Cyclone' invader a growing headache for Zimbabwe

Climate shifts are bringing challenges for farmers around the world in the form of new or more virulent crop pests and diseases...

By Andrew Mambondiyani 6 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

Weather forecast for southern Africa predicts good rainfall this season

The forecast for the 2016/17 cropping season...

By Admire Ndhlovu 13 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

Innovative use of fertilisers revives hope for Africa's Green Revolution

Inorganic fertiliser helps boost smallholder farmers' harvests...

By Busani Bafana 5 Sep 2016

Drought-ravaged SADC grapples with seed shortages

SADC countries must scale up efforts to procure adequate seed for farmers ahead of the 2016-2017 cropping season to avert another year of food shortages...

By Sifelani Tsiko 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

New project helps African farmers address stresses in maize farming

CIMMYT and its partners have unveiled a new project - Stress Tolerant Maize for Africa...

23 Mar 2016

How to adapt to beat crippling droughts

Right now, 14 million people across Southern Africa face going hungry due to the prolonged drought brought on by the strongest El Niño in 50 years...

By Julian Ramirez-Villegas 8 Mar 2016

Warning against worsening El Nino-related drought

Southern Africa's unprecedented El Nino-related drought has triggered a second shock-year of hunger and hardship for poor and vulnerable people...

7 Mar 2016

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