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Thursday, 20 June 2019

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.

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Agriculture remains the main source of employment for the labour force in Africa. Nonetheless, low productivity, uncompetitive markets, weak rural infrastructure, among other factors, have reduced the opportunities for smallholders to feed themselves and earn an income from agriculture. Farmers’ organisations are fundamental in giving a voice to farmers and in supporting their integration in markets. Their influence on policy making, however, is still weak.

After years of voluntary action, it’s time for the European Union (EU) to set mandatory rules to tackle child labour on coffee and cocoa plantations throughout the world. This is the message issued by several policy-makers and stakeholders involved in the issue, in an appeal reported by the Reuters news agency.

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Global Agriculture and Food Security Programme will jointly provide a $4 million loan to Global Tea & Commodities, a London-based company that produces tea, coffee and Macadamia nuts for the European Union, the United States, Asia and Africa.

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

The Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI) is leading a consortium, funded by the UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme (IPP), developing a Pest Risk Information Service (PRISE), which uses state-of-the-art technology to help inform farmers in sub-Saharan Africa of pest outbreaks that could devastate their crops and livelihoods.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

On Saturday 7 July a story about SoilCares technology was mentioned on Dutch national TV. The news item followed the story of Matthew Kago who provides soil testing services in Kenya with SoilCares Scanner.