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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Stress tolerant maize ensures food secure future

Old seed varieties, one of the hurdles for smallholder farmers trying to secure yields, is currently the focus for international agricultural research. Over the past 10 years, two international non-profit research organisations – the International Maize Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) – have gone…

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Scientists aim to understand Africa’s soil better

Africa’s soil is getting a better look under the microscope, thanks to the African Soil Microbiology Project launched at the start of the month from the University of Pretoria (UP) in South Africa. “The project hopes to gain a baseline understanding of the organisms in Africa’s soils and contribute to…

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Africa can enrich Africa

A strong Africa that can feed her children, keep them healthy, safe and on par with the rest of the world is a dream that can be achieved by 2063 - if the AU (African Union) can realise its regional integration goals. According to Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, chairperson of the…

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