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Report: Wheat-based consumer foods in Nigeria






Increasing urbanisation and population growth have boosted the growth in Nigeria’s fast moving consumer goods […]

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Africa’s Lack of Infrastructure and its Effect on the Agricultural Sector






It is no secret that the key to unlocking Africa’s economic potential lies with addressing […]

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Agriculture in Africa: How far, how well?

Agriculture in Africa: What’s our Evaluation? How Far Can We Go?






Agriculture in Africa Agriculture has the greatest potential to lift the African continent out of poverty […]

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Agriculture in Africa: How far, how well?

Gates Foundation backs sweet potato & banana farms in Ethiopia, Tanzania & Uganda






Development group Farm Concern International (FCI), in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, […]

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Plant care

Agriculture remains at the heart of East Africa’s development











Several African countries are expected to see substantial expansion in their agricultural sectors over the medium to the long term because of an abundance of unexploited arable land, government reform programmes, political stability, public and private investment, and/or improved infrastructure. The East African Community (EAC) has a good share of the top ranking nations in this regard; while Uganda’s expansion is not expected to be so strong over the next five years, Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda and Tanzania however are all countries with promising prospects in the nearer future.

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No-till agriculture and drought-resistant crops critical to Africa’s prosperity

What are the key drivers to growing Africa’s agricultural sector?











Africa has vast agricultural potential, but there is a large leap from the current system, dominated by small-scale and subsistence farming, to commercial farming where the benefits of economies of scale can be reaped. Nevertheless, the answer lies not only with commercial farming, but also in reducing the potential that goes to waste with small-scale farmers’ lack of access to stable markets, technology and finance.

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Foreign investors eye Ugandan mines and food

The primacy of good policies in developing African agriculture











For Africa to succeed it is imperative to ensure that fundamental resources are available to farmers to enable them to manage their production process more reliably and at a lower cost. This includes the provision of access to agricultural inputs and services including mechanical tools, seeds and fertilisers, amongst others; secure access to land and water resources; infrastructure, particularly roads, so as to ensure good “farm-to-market” access; pre- and post-harvest support (storage, marketing and value addition); and rural microfinance services, especially microcredit.

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