African Farming Must Plot Its Own Course

By Wandile Sihlobo, 01 FEBRUARY 2018. This aritcle was orignally posted on BusinessDay. Last week, I came across an interesting article by US agricultural economist Jayson Lusk, highlighting the disruptive trends in food and agriculture. Lusk identified six key trends on the horizon, the two most notable being blockchain the technology that facilitates bitcoin trades and could be applied to …

Farmers urged to embrace technology to boost food production

By Beth Nyaga, January 15, 2018. This article was originally posted on Kenya Broadcasting Corporation. Egerton University has come up with new ways of ending perennial shortage and sky rocketing prices of maize in the country. Through its constituent college, Tegemeo Institute of Agricultural Policy and Development (TIAPD), the institution of higher learning is urging farmers to embrace technology in …

More research needed to reduce crop pestilence

By Notícias. 20 November 2017. Originally posted in Portuguese; translated using Google Translate services. Research and the development of research projects are one of the alternatives to reduce the harmful effects of pests, which contribute to the destruction of 30 percent of national agricultural production. The point of view was defended by University Dean Eduardo Mondlane (UEM), Orlando Quilambo, who …

Experts trained on partial equilibrium model

CARD hosts ReNAPRI training on the partial equilibrium model. The workshop brought together stakeholders from Ministry of Finance, Malawi Revenue Authority, National Statistics Office and other government and private agencies.

Kenya to continue grappling with acute food shortage

Tegemeo Institute Director, Dr. Milton Ayieko, said the Kenya is still staring at an acute shortage of food up to April next year, a situation likely to prompt the Government to resort to a subsided programme.

Why researchers need to work with grain farmers?

By Sally Nyakanyanga. 21 August 2017.  This story originally posted in African Independent.   Maize seed in drought-prone regions of Zimbabwe should by now come with a government health warning: “Planting can seriously damage your well-being”. That’s because although maize delivers like a champion under the right conditions, it’s highly vulnerable to water stress. If the rains come too late, …

SA’s top ranking in African food trade not assured

By Denene Erasmus. August 2, 2017. Farmer’s Weekly. The sub-Saharan African agri-food system is undergoing significant changes. Consumption is growing due to rapid population growth, and consumers are increasingly demanding higher-value food products such as animal proteins and dairy. This was according to Lulama Ndibongo-Traub, of the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP), who spoke at the launch of …

State to introduce land lease models to attract youth to agriculture

By Agatha Ngotho. June 21, 2017. The Star In Kenya, the state plans to introduce a land lease model to make it easy for the youth to lease land. Agriculture Minister Willy Bett said the government will spend Sh340 million to enhance access and sustainable use of land for the youth in agribusiness. This, he added, will help increase youth access …

Study shows Public Works Programme enabling communities achieve food security

By Pauline Kaude. 06 June 2017. Originally posted on Malawi News Agency. The Public Works Programme being implemented in all 28 districts of the country has resulted in a lot of people achieving food security at household level, a study conducted by the Centre for Agriculture Research and Development (CARD) of the Lilongwe University for Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) in …

A kilo of sugar to retail at Sh100, 56,000 tonnes have been imported, says Bett

By Agatha Ngotho. The Star — June 5, 2017. The national government has assured citizens that sugar prices will decrease to between Sh100 and Sh110 per kilo. Agriculture CS Willy Bett on Friday said the decrease in cost is due to the importation of 56,000 metric tonnes of sugar. Currently, the average price for a kilo is Sh200, a 53.8 per cent …