Regional experts vow to transform agricultural sector

African agricultural experts meeting in Kigali have promised to promote the Integrated Agriculture Research for Development (IAR4D) strategy in transforming agriculture in the region. The forum that drew participants from Tanzania, Sudan, DRC, Uganda, Kenya, Madagascar, Ethiopia, Burundi, Eritrea and

Kenya: Unique Biofuel Warms Its Way to Kitchen As Search for Green Energy Hots Up

Standing in his exhibition stand at the Kisumu Regional Agricultural Fair, Mr Mohamed Kadhi holds up a bottle of viscous yellow gel and explains to the group of onlookers the wonders of what he terms as the “the future of the country’s energy needs”. What he is holding up is a

Farming the Cities, Feeding an Urban Future

Washington, D.C.-As people move from rural to urban settings in search of economic opportunities, urban agriculture is becoming an important provider of both food and employment, according to researchers with the Worldwatch Institute. “Urban agriculture is providing food, jobs, and hope in

East Africa Food Crisis

Poor Rains Poor Response East Africa is facing the worst food crisis of the 21st Century. Across Ethiopia, Somalia, and Kenya, 12 million people are in dire need of food, clean water, and basic sanitation. Loss of life on a massive scale is a very real risk, and the crisis is set to worsen over […]

UN to hold Horn of Africa emergency talks in Rome

The UN food agency FAO will host emergency talks on the Horn of Africa drought crisis in Rome on Monday as aid groups scramble to raise money for an estimated 12 million people on the brink of starvation. UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon has called on donor countries to come up with $1.6 billion (1.1 […]

Tanzania sets $30m for agriculture

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – The Government has set aside over US$ 30m this financial year for rehabilitation and improvement of agricultural infrastructure in the country, it has been revealed. Tanzania’s Minister for Agriculture, Food and Cooperatives Prof. Jumanne Maghembe said this while opening of a five-day agricultural experts and researchers workshop held in Morogoro […]

US pledges $5 million for drought-hit Somalis

Addis Ababa (AFP) July 11, 2011 The United States on Monday pledged $5 million (3.5 million euros) to assist thousands of Somalis affected by a harsh drought that has hit the Horn of Africa region. “We are working in a robust fashion … to provide assistance once people become refugees and also studying very carefully […]

Africa: Rising Food, Oil Prices Threaten Growth – World Bank

The World Bank is warning that in spite of the high economic growth expected in Sub Saharan Africa in the coming years, rising global food prices and the escalating price of crude oil on the world market pose a major risk to Sub-Saharan Africa economies. According to the Bank, excluding South Africa, Sub Saharan Africa […]

Vegetables can improve food security

NAIROBI –  According to Vision 2030, which is a government strategic plan on how to boost growth and development in Kenya, there are an estimated five million out of an estimated eight million households who depend directly on agriculture, despite the fact that agriculture continues to be one of the most under-budgeted ministries. Under the […]

British Isle NDC to Ghanaians: “We wish you all Happy Farmers Day”

On the Occasion of the 26th National Farmers Day celebrations, the NDC UK & Ireland Chapter of the NDC has congratulated “our farmers and fishermen during the celebration of this important day.” In a statement issued on the eve of the celebrations, the Chapter said, “We wish to express our sincere gratitude for the critical […]