Why Nigeria should first support rice farmers before it cuts off imports

Nigeria spends an average of $22bn (N7.92trn) each year on food imports. Its major food imports include wheat, sugar and fish...

By Rahman Akintayo Sanusi 15 Jan 2019

Devastating pest threatens Africa's citrus industry

East Africa could soon be facing the threat of a citrus fruit sap-sucking pest with the potential to collapse its regional fruit industry...

By Nelson Mandela Ogema 14 Jan 2019

African countries should turn to lower risk solutions to fight fall armyworm

The caterpillars of the fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda), an invasive moth, can potentially feed on over 350 different species of plants...

By Melanie Bateman 11 Jan 2019

The tech fix that won't secure food supplies

Scientific and technological advances from crop breeding to fertilisers to a range of irrigation techniques have powered agricultural production in a bid to keep up with the food demands of a rising population, but for some years now, that growth has faced natural resource limits...

By Anita Makri 24 Dec 2018

Unmeltable chocolate and bean-to-bar: A cocoa expert highlights 3 sweet trends

'Tis the season to eat chocolate. And for the chocolate industry, there's nothing sweeter, since this is the time of year when it enjoys a spike in sales and, at least for some, rising profits...

By Kristy Leissle 21 Dec 2018

Boosting R&D capacity for sustainable agriculture

Africa's over-reliance on external institutions is undermining the continent's capacity to strengthen agricultural research and development for improving the livelihoods of millions of people...

By Nteranya Sanginga 10 Dec 2018

Africa farmers need finance that is focused on the entire value chain

Access to finance is needed to unlock Africa's agricultural potential but it cannot be focused on just one aspect of the value chain at the expense of others...

6 Dec 2018

Living Soil: A documentary for all of us

Our soils support 95% of all food production, and by 2060, our soils will be asked to give us as much food as we have consumed in the last 500 years...

6 Dec 2018

Addressing Nigeria's insignificant contribution to global seed trade

Operators in the seeds sector are seeking ways to address Nigeria's insignificant contribution to global seed trade despite the country's potential in the production of seeds for agriculture, writes Okechukwu Nnodim...

17 Oct 2018

Africa agri-food development programme applications now open

The objective of the programme is to develop partnerships between the Irish agri-food sector and African countries to support sustainable growth of the local food industry, build markets for local produce and support mutual trade between Ireland and Africa...

16 Oct 2018

IBM Food Trust launches worldwide with Carrefour on board

European retail giant Carrefour has joined other participants involved in building the IBM Food Trust blockchain network...

11 Oct 2018

FAO, AU launch new framework to increase agriculture efficiency

The framework offers a detailed look at the history of machinery in Africa and points the way towards addressing challenges and creating new opportunities to assure the successful adoption of mechanisation...

8 Oct 2018

Fresh produce trade in Africa continues to be a market leader

Africa's under-utilised resources, rapidly-increasing urbanisation and modern demand-driven consumer food-buying patterns provide vast opportunities to sell fresh produce to the young, informed and modernising consumer...

18 Sep 2018

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