IAPRI urges Govt to commit full roll-out of electronic voucher

By Kelly Njombo. May 30, 2017 — Zambia Daily Mail. THE Indaba Agricultural Policy and Research Institute (IAPRI) has called on Government to make funds available on time for the full roll-out of the electronic-voucher system in the 2017/18 farming season to ensure farmers redeem agro inputs timely. IAPRI says Government needs to address key challenges faced during the pilot …

What Tanzania Should Do to Unlock Livestock Potential

By Elias Msuya. May 7, 2017 — The Citizen. Dar es Salaam — Despite Tanzania being among African countries that have large numbers of livestock, it is yet to tap the potential. Tanzania is the third country in Africa in having a large number of cattle after Ethiopia and Sudan. According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Tanzania had 25.8 …

Small-scale farmers could earn Sh15bn if memo is adopted

By Gerald Andae. Business Daily – Africa. 14 March 2017. Smallholder farmers could earn up to Sh15 billion annually if a Ministry of Agriculture memo to the Cabinet requiring 30 per cent of public institutions’ produce procurement be directly reserved for farmers is adopted. The ministry says the Cabinet memo is intended to link small-scale farmers to the market through …

Zambia Tries New Way to Beat Drought: Solar Grain Mills

Voice of America, January 17, 2017 LUSAKA — For Inonge Imutowana, buying food for her family of six is becoming increasingly costly. On the outskirts of the capital, a 25-kilo bag of staple mealie meal that cost 65 kwacha a year ago now is selling for 140 kwacha ($14). Across Zambia, drought that swept across the region last year, leading to …

Uganda’s attempt to economic recovery in 2017

The economic distress that became more apparent through 2016 can be traced to as far back as 2011 when inflationary pressures ravaged the country after a controversial election. By Frederic Musisi, the Daily Monitor. Published January 6, 2017 In Summary Rough terrain. There were all these telltale signs for the past five years that the Ugandan economy was sickly. But technocrats …

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 …