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High-tech tracker to battle ancient wheat plague

The tracking technology used to halt the deadly Ebola and Zika viruses could now be turned against wheat rust as scientists try new ways to stop the fungus devastating world grain crops...

By Thin Lei Win 2 days ago

Global food import bill set to rise, boost in tropical fruit exports likely

According to FAO's latest Food Outlook report, the cost of importing food is set to rise in 2017 to $1.413 trillion. Higher import costs come at a time when inventories are robust, harvest forecasts are strong and...

10 Nov 2017

Mega-mergers will squeeze farmers, push up food prices, experts warn

If the world's major agriculture companies go ahead with planned mergers and gain greater control of the way food is produced, farmers will face higher costs and food will eventually become more expensive...

By Alex Whiting 24 Oct 2017

#WorldFoodDay: Africa holds the key to feeding the world's population

Africa holds the key to feeding 9 billion people by 2050, Dr Akinwumi Adesina says during Norman Borlaug Lecture...

20 Oct 2017

New campaign launched to contain a major threat to banana production

Fusarium wilt poses a major risk to the production of bananas - the world's most traded fruit. With more than 400 million people relying on the fruit as a staple food or source of income, it could...

19 Oct 2017

Horticulture soon to beat tourism in 'cash ranking'

Tanzania's horticulture industry is reported to be growing at the rate of eleven percent annually, the fastest growing sector in the country...

By Hazla Omar 11 Oct 2017

Dangote: Nigeria is learning how to produce the entire value chain

"We are not going to import anything any longer," said Aliko Dangote in a candid discussion with Claridges in London editor in chief Lionel Barber at the Financial Times' 4th annual Africa Summit...

10 Oct 2017

Fertiliser, agribusiness leaders to address challenges at regional conference

Fertiliser and agribusiness leaders will meet in Maputo, Mozambique for the East and Southern Africa Agribusiness Conference from 9-11 October...

22 Sep 2017

Major investments, partnerships a boost for African agriculture and economy

The signing of a record number of new investments and partnership agreements for inclusive agricultural transformation at the 2017 AGRF have boosted Africa's economic growth prospects...

15 Sep 2017

Sustainable business models key to sustainable modernisation of agriculture in Africa

Key to the sustainable commercialisation and modernisation of African agriculture are sustainable business models...

13 Sep 2017

Public, private sector leadership push for more inclusive vision in African development agenda

400 private and public sector leaders gathered on Thursday, 31 August, for the Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg to discuss accelerating and scaling innovations...

1 Sep 2017

Scientists make breakthrough in fight against cassava diseases

Scientists have identified the first ever genetic markers associated with resistance to two deadly cassava viral diseases in Tanzania's grown varieties...

By Masembe Tambwe 29 Aug 2017

15 African youth finalists in entrepreneurship prize

Fifteen emerging young African entrepreneurs will put their talent to work on the continent after being chosen as finalists in the Anzisha Prize 2017...

15 Aug 2017

Amid drought and conflict, women try new livestock - bees

As climate change worsens drought and erratic rainfall, competition for water and grazing is growing, stoking rivalry and theft between livestock herders. But an unusual kind of livestock is helping: bees...

By Moraa Obiria 11 Aug 2017

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