“Well-informed governments should drive Africa’s agricultural transformation”

Limited knowledge about agriculture, as well as a lack of commitment and consistency are some of the reasons for African governments struggles to put the right policies in place to ensure agricultural transformation on the continent. “This (African) region needs enlightened policy guidance to allow the private sector to come…

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Fast growing African population: Opportunity or threat for Africa’s agriculture?

Decisions made by South African and African policymakers now will determine the contribution the agricultural sector will make to the growing demand for food the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa is experiencing. Lulama Ndibongo-Traub, from the Bureau of Food and Agricultural Policy’s (BFAP) research section for Africa – at the annual BFAP…

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Zambian lawmakers slam “outdated” irrigation policy

The Zambian parliamentary committee on agriculture has slammed the existing irrigation policy and weak institutional implementation structures. In a report on the importance of agriculture, the committee recommended urgent amendments to the irrigation policy and suggested that institutional structures be improved to spur on a vibrant irrigation sub-sector. “Our findings…

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Conservation farming still to catch on in Zambia

A study conducted by the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI) shows adoption rates for Conservation Agriculture (CA) in Zambia is still very low, even though the practice is highly promoted under small-scale farmers. Using data from the 2015 national representative rural household survey, the IAPRI found only 8.8% of…

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