USAID tackles contagious bovine pleuropneumonia in South Sudan

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and a German non-governmental veterinary services organisation have teamed up to save more than 20 000 cattle belonging to South Sudanese smallholder farmers from contagious bovine pleuropneumonia (CBPP). In a statement released on 13 February, USAID said its Office of Foreign Disaster…

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USAID support lifts productivity of Tanzanian smallholder farmers

The application of technologies to scale up sustainable agricultural productivity is paying dividends to more than 50 000 Tanzanian smallholder farmers. The intervention, a brainchild of USAID Tanzania funded Africa Rising (NAFAKA), has exceeded the targets set when it was unveiled in 2014. “The efficacy of the technologies being promoted…

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‘Food insecurity looms in parts of Zambia’ – FEWSNET

The Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWSNET) predicts severe food insecurity in parts of Zambia. Economists also warn against maize scarcity and high prices in the long-term, following this year’s chaotic grain marketing season. FEWSNET linked the looming food insecurity to slower than usual local and regional demand coupled with…

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Zambia secures US$100m maize export deal

Zambia has secured US$100 million worth of maize export deals to the East African region, in what is seen as a move to break into the lucrative export market. In a related development, the Zambian government has committed to remove bottlenecks and create an express lane for grain exports. “The…

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