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September 02, 2020 | No.7
AGRF VIRTUAL SUMMIT: Feed the Cities, Grow the Continent

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tenth Annual Summit of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), which brings together over thousands of delegates from governments, the civil society, the private sector, research community and development partners will be held virtually from 8-11 September 2020 and will be co-hosted by the Government of Rwanda and the AGRF Partners Group. READ MORE

source: AGRF
What Adesina’s re-election means for the next phase of Africa’s development

Following his re-election with a hundred per cent votes Akinwumi Adesina will now serve as President of the African Development Bank for another five years. Amadou Hott, a Governor of the African Development Bank Representing Senegal joins CNBC Africa’s Kenneth Igbomor to discuss what next five years in office will mean for Africa’s development. WATCH

source: CNBC Africa
Ed Mabaya: Welcome to Global Development

Meet Ed Mabaya, a new senior research associate in the Department of Global Development. With more than two decades of experience working as a development practitioner, Ed brings his expertise in food and agricultural economics and policy in Africa.

source: Cornell CALS
Successful agricultural enterprises and smart policy: Eight Case Studies

From tomato processors in Nigeria helping to reduce the country’s import bill to cooperation between governments to establish a minimum price for cocoa, Neil Ford examines some examples of cutting-edge agricultural practice from across Africa. READ MORE

Digital Models From Kenya’s Small-Scale Agriculture Could Help SA’s Pandemic-stricken Farmers

The limited re-opening of restaurants and hospitality announced by President Ramaphosa is good news indeed for small-scale farmers who have seen lockdown measures decimate demand while Covid-19 continues to compound the challenges they face. Previously cited issues, such as limited access to markets and finance and a lack production, business and networking skills, pale in comparison to complete market standstill faced by some farmers serving these key sectors. READ MORE

Africa has a growing food security problem: why it can’t be fixed without proper data

The COVID-19 pandemic and consequent lockdown measures have had a huge negative impact on producers and consumers. Food production has been disrupted, and incomes have been lost. But a far more devastating welfare consequence of the pandemic could be reduced access to food. READ MORE

Scientists develop bio-pesticides in the fight against stubborn fall armyworms

The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) has developed a range of biopesticides, providing farmers in Africa with effective and environmentally safe alternatives for the management of the invasive and highly destructive fall armyworm. READ MORE

source: icipe
Locusts wreak havoc on East African agriculture

Each day, specialised pilots climb into planes and helicopters and take flight above Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia. On the ground, experts from the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), government teams and farmers direct them towards the threat. Upon arrival, they spray gallons of pesticide in a desperate attempt to subdue the worst locust plague in decades. READ MORE

Women in agriculture still face ‘outdated’ perceptions

Women who work in the agriculture sector are still battling the perception that farming is a ‘man’s job.’ This emerged during a recent webinar that focused on the challenges women faced in agriculture, which was hosted by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDoA). READ MORE

Afreximbank Provides $400m To Drive Agricultural Productivity And Resilience

The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), Africa’s foremost multilateral trade finance institution, has approved a $400-million revolving global credit facility agreement for the Export Trading Group (ETG), one of the largest and fastest-growing integrated agricultural conglomerates in Africa. READ MORE

source: EABW News


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