“Exclusion of youth in land tenure stifling Africa’s agricultural growth”

Improving land governance through the meaningful inclusion of Africa’s youth will address challenges, like low agricultural productivity, confronting the continent, said the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). Addressing delegates at a conference on land policy in Africa Collen Kelapile, UNECA Chief of Staff, said Africa’s youth holds the…

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AfDB chief woos young, African farmers

African Development Bank (AfDB) President Akinwumi Adesina has pledged US$250 000 to a fund which supports young African farmers. Dr Adesina, who this month was awarded the 2017 World Food Prize Laureate, said engaging young Africans in agriculture is the solution to the continent’s high unemployment rate. “By empowering the…

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Farmers to revive disused government farms

The farming community in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal Midlands have taken ownership of an empowerment initiative to ensure neglected government farms in the area are productive again. Farmers near Mooirivier want to uplift the community by reviving the farms and empowering and training people. The uMATI initiative, a non-profit organisation, will…

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World Food Prize for African Development Bank president

The president of African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, is this years’ recipient of the $250 000 World Food Prize for expanding food production on the continent through policy reforms, financial innovation and modern farming practices. “I believe what Africa does with agriculture and how it does it, is not only…

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