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Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Event: Rural youth constitute the majority of the youth population in many developing countries; most of them are engaged in subsistence farming and are increasingly turning their backs on small-scale agriculture.

Friday, 21 September 2018

The 2018 Africa Agriculture Trade Monitor (AATM) just launched.

This report is the fruit of a collaboration between the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA).

Key findings of the Report:

Despite recent growth in agricultural trade deficits, there are promising signs of export diversification, both in commodities traded and trade partners, as well as increasing intra-African trade in agricultural commodities.

Friday, 14 September 2018

The UK currently accounts for 20 percent of the EU’s banana market, leaving African producers concerned that London will opt to import cheaper American banana after Brexit. Britons consume around 1.1 million metric tons of bananas a year, according to African banana lobby Afruibana. There is ongoing negotiations about how the EU and UK could divide food import quotas after Brexit.

Thursday, 13 September 2018

This project improves the competitiveness of the banana industry in the face of the tariff preference erosion in the EU market, while ensuring its environmental and socio-economic sustainability in the long run.

Friday, 07 September 2018

The South African citrus sector has informed the European Commission that it will voluntarily suspend part of their citrus exports to Europe as of September 22 due to the risk of spreading the Black Spot disease to the European producing countries.

Thursday, 06 September 2018

AFRICAN Development Bank (AfDB) president Akinwumi Adesina has told the Dutch government and business leaders that Africa is open and ready to do business. And Adesina says the Bank’s greatest agenda is to unlock Africa’s agricultural potential.

The Department for International Development (DFID) has announced to provide a further US$71.11mn to support AgDevCo's mission to create jobs, improve food security and boost prosperity in Africa The announcement is a part of Prime Minister Theresa May's visit to Africa.

Monday, 03 September 2018

African scientists are about to get unprecedented access to enormous amounts of satellite data. This is thanks to a deal signed by the African Union with the European Commission’s Copernicus programme, which describes itself as the world’s third largest data provider. Data, and access to good reliable data, is becoming an increasingly important tool for science.

More and more Kenyans are planting avocados in their fields, even at the cost of abandoning their traditional coffee or tea crops, as European demand for this product is strong. "When the avocado market skyrocketed, we thought it was more interesting to plant these trees.

Friday, 31 August 2018

The European Union (EU) has lifted the five-year ban imposed on Kenyan pea farmers on August 24, 2018. According to managing director Esther Kimani from the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (Kephis), the EU Commission recognised the determination farmers had in adhering to the EU standards.

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