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Zimbabwe bans corn imports after bumper crop: media

Zimbabwe has banned the import of corn after enjoying a bumper crop that authorities hope will be enough to feed the nation and stimulate home-grown production...

14 Jun 2017

Tongaat finds sweet spot in Zimbabwe

In 2016, Zimbabwe banned the importation of sugar, among other items, to shore up local industries. This increased local demand and consumption...

31 May 2017

Drought affects 1.4-million in Angola: UNICEF

More than 1.4-million people in Angola, including many children, have been affected by a "chronic drought" that has increased the risk of disease, a UN report said on Wednesday, 17 May...

19 May 2017

Govt unveils crop disease quarantine

MLN is a destructive disease capable of causing overwhelming damage to maize crops and has already caused significant damage in Central Africa and Western Africa...

By Runyararo Muzavazi 24 Apr 2017

After drought, Zimbabwe contends with Fall armyworm invasion

Spodoptera frugiperda is a formidable foe. Pesticides only work when the larvae are very small and before they have begun to cause visible damage to the crop. After that, there are no quick fixes...

By Sally Nyakanyanga 4 Apr 2017

Research on grapevine diseases sees Zim friends receive PhDs

Friends and classmates, Dr Providence Moyo and Dr Mukani Moyo, received their PhD degrees in agricultural sciences from SU. The newly capped doctors both researched diseases that are associated with grapevines...

16 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

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.”

27 Feb 2017

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

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