Malawi to receive MK6bn drought insurance payout from African Risk Capacity

By Green Muheya, Nyasa Times. Published November 17, 2016 Malawi government will get a US$ 8.1 million (about K6 billion) payout to support its response to the drought which resulted from the poor 2015/16 agricultural season African Risk Capacity Insurance Company Limited (ARC Ltd). The payout will be released to Malawi as soon as the government’s plan on how the payout …

Cry, the beloved, hungry country

Arundhatie B Kundal, Independent. October 26, 2016 One in four of South Africa’s people are hungry on a regular basis, causing malnutrition and deformities among children, writes Arundhatie B Kundal. As another balmy summer begins, not all South Africans will be enjoying braais in sun-splashed backyards. An estimated 13 million people (one in four) in South Africa go hungry on …

Harness large-scale farming, state told

By Kelly Njombo, Daily Mail. October 21, 2016 An agricultural research institute says Zambia needs to urgently harness large-scale commercial farmers’ potential to produce winter maize for export under irrigation to reduce smuggling how to lose weight fast. The Indaba Agricultural Policy and Research Institute (IAPRI) says the country needs to embrace a well-managed formal export trade regime to increase foreign …

Maize production to increase – IAPRI

By Kabanda Chulu, Daily Mail. Published October 12, 2016 An Agricultural think tank says Zambia is likely to increase its annual maize production from the current three million tonnes to over four million tonnes by 2025 if favourable weather patterns continue and more farmers adopt the use of improved technologies. The Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI) also advised Government …

Crop farmers optimistic about recovery in 2017

Published by New Era on September 1, 2016 Given that the exceptional decline in white maze production in Namibia’s dryland maize areas in 2016 was largely a result of the drought as opposed to economic considerations, maize producers and the Namibian Agronomic Board are cautiously optimistic about a rather strong recovery in 2017 and up to 2020. While all eyes …

UZ develops flood prediction system

By Brenda Ziga and Margaret Matibiri, The Herald. August 16, 2016 The University of Zimbabwe has established a satellite-based flood monitoring system to predict the occurrence of floods in the Sadc region to help prevent unnecessary loss of life and property. Officially opening the Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (MESA) workshop at the university yesterday, UZ Vice Chancellor Professor …

ReNAPRI Special Feature in OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook

ReNAPRI is collaborating with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to provide a special “African Chapter” in the OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook. The OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook, is a collaborative effort of the two institutions that brings together the commodity, policy and country expertise of both organizations and input …

African Farmers in the Digital Age

SU Agricultural Economist, Bill Gates Contribute to Special Edition In a special edition of the international magazine Foreign Affairs, the name of Stellenbosch University agricultural economist and PhD student Lulama Traub stands alongside those of Microsoft founder Bill Gates and former United Nations head Kofi Annan. She is one of twenty contributors to the anthology that looks at African farmers …

ReNAPRI-FOODTRADE ESA Sign 2 Year Partnership Agreement

ReNAPRI is pleased to announce that it has finalized a 2 year partnership agreement with FoodTrade East and Southern Africa. FoodTrade ESA is a 5 year trade enhancement and promotion programme, with a focus on staple food crops making it a strategic and highly relevant partner for ReNAPRI. Funded by the UK Government, FoodTrade ESA operates in nine East and …