Data – the fertiliser that will feed Africa’s agricultural transformation

Everywhere we look, technology is being touted as the enabler of a new era of African agricultural prosperity. The exciting world of possibilities offered by blockchain, IoT (the Internet of Things), machine learning and the like has made companies, governments and policy-makers sit up and take notice of how such…

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Proposed commercialisation of Zambia’s FRA under fire

An array of stakeholders, including the Zambia National Farmers' Union (ZNFU), slated a proposal by the Zambian government to commercialise the Food Reserve Agency (FRA). The Zambian Ministry of Agriculture says that FRA can become commercially viable by raising revenue through grain exports. But ZNFU, Grain Traders Association (GTAZ), National…

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IFAD to provide support to grow agriculture in Madagascar

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the government of Madagascar have signed an agreement for the provision of US$250 million to support a programme that will help develop smallholder agriculture and produce value chains in the south of the island nation. In a statement issued from its headquarters…

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SA agriculture powers economy in third quarter

The agriculture sector showed the biggest growth in the South African economy during the third quarter of 2017. According to Statistics SA, agriculture, forestry and fisheries showed robust growth of 44.2%, the biggest quarterly growth since 1996. The country’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 2% during the quarter and…

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