According to the National Network of chambers of Agriculture in Niger (Reseau National des Chambres d’Agriculture-RECA-, groundnut and groundnut seeds are important in Niger because the demand for local groundnut oil is high and unmet.  As a consequence the country imports palm oil at a cost which is the second highest after cereals, and higher

2nd African Plant Breeders Association (APBA) Conference 2021

Theme: Accelerating Genetic Gains in Plant Breeding for Resilience and Transformative Food Systems and Economic Growth in Africa Mode: Blended Meeting with Key Partners, Speakers and Executives in Kigali Dates: October 25-30, 2021 Background The need for strategic partnerships and urgent action to address Africa’s agricultural challenges in the area of innovation for building resilient

February 2021

For those of us in agriculture, the parallels between the challenge of ensuring equitable supply of COVID-19 vaccine, worldwide, and the longstanding challenge of supplying improved seed to poor, smallholder farmers are impossible to ignore. Both are biological technologies that require highly specialized knowledge to develop. Both then must become the focus of specialized logistical

Jan 2021

Dear friends,“Because all farmers deserve good seed” – that was the tagline that launched a new organization in January 2019, and which remains Seed Systems Group’s credo today.Implicit in the assertion was that anyone who makes their living by growing more food for a hungry world is serving a vital purpose – is an “essential worker” in today’s

How one farm in Angola was successfully created during the COVID-19 pandemic

The global pandemic has turned many economies upside down, but, in Angola, the country’s agriculture sector is blooming. We look at how one company has pulled off something quite remarkable. Creating a farm, with foreign export ambitions, in just a matter of months despite the health challenge. Kaundo Farm “We’re in Porto Amboim on the

Togolese Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo, reappointed as head of IFAD

Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo, a senior official and former Prime Minister of Togo, was reappointed on February 17th as the head of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), which he had headed since 2017. IFAD’s board of governors, the Fund’s main decision-making body, has renewed its trust in him, for a second four-year term. Not

AfDB gives South Sudan $14m grant to boost agriculture

Summary South Sudan has considerable unrealised agricultural potential, but the effects of continued violence combined with unprecedented flooding have seriously damaged food production, resulting in a huge food import bill, according to AfDB. By GARANG A. MALAKMore by this Author Juba, The African Development Bank (AfDB) has signed an agreement with South Sudan to give

Dusty winds exacerbate looming famine in Madagascar’s Deep South

At least 1.27 million people need humanitarian assistance in Madagascar’s drought-hit deep south, according to a Jan. 18 request by the U.N. and the Malagasy government for $75.9 million in international aid to cope with the crisis. The area is also experiencing dust and sand storms, a natural phenomenon known as a tiomena that is

Eritrea Ministry of Agriculture assessment meeting

The Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) held a meeting recently at its headquarters in Asmara for an annual assessment of its activities. The meeting, which was held by following the national COVID 19 safety measures and guidelines, heard reports on animal health, plant health, crop improvement, dairy production and research undertakings and inspections. In 2020, on-farm

IPC acute food insecurity analysis, October 2020 – August 2021, issued February 2021

During the current period of October to December 2020, most of the country’s rural areas were classified in Crisis (IPC Phase 3). During this period, 155,000 people, or 14% of the analysed population (out of a total of 1.17 million people), were estimated to be facing high levels of acute food insecurity (IPC Phase 3