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WeFarm, the world’s largest farmer-to-farmer knowledge sharing network, has announced that it has partnered with Heifer International, a nonprofit working to end hunger and poverty with sustainable agriculture and entrepreneurship, to bring the benefits of WeFarm’s service to Kenyan...
By Dr. Kanayo Nwanze As I settle back in my homeland Nigeria since retiring as the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in March this year, I am reminded of a local saying that when you go...
Kenyan agri-business entrepreneurs are set to receive funding from a government body which wants to help them access credit for their innovations. More than 3,000 agro-processing SME firms will now be able to access affordable credit, incubation and entrepreneurial training...
By Dr. Joe DeVries, AGRA Vice President for Programmes. When my team and I visited Felix Jumbe, of Peacock Seeds, a hybrid seed grower in Salima, Malawi, in March this year, we were shocked by the destruction caused by the...
(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Kenya can escape the 'Groundhog Day' of recurrent hunger crises by investing in irrigated farming and leather tanneries in its arid lands, experts said on Friday, as poor spring rains have failed to relieve biting...
It was midnight on 14 December 2016, when five fishermen in Tombo village near Freetown in Sierra Leone  revved up a small outboard engine  and powered their  boat far out to  sea.  They threw in their net   and soon...
A major conference and exhibition has opened in Nairobi – bringing together thousands of participants. It is taking place between June 14 – 16 at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre where the 4th Agritec Africa Exhibition organized by Kenya...
You must have heard of Kiganjo Troup farm – the cold fresh water species farm that was established in 1948 by the colonial government. It is still there neighbouring the Sagana State Lodge. Some of its pronounced visitors have included...
(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - At 9am, Eliud Sankare is still at home in Isinya village, south of Nairobi, instead of out herding the 40 cattle his son has already led to pasture. He heads to the cowshed to...
Kenyan milk brand Delamere has not only turned 90 but also rolled out a a new range of fruit yogurt as part of its strategy to double sales and increase its current market share of 67%. Part of Kenya’s largest...
Former Tanzanian President, Jakaya Kikwete, has taken to what he considers to be his next love after politics: farming. Those who know the former President did not previously associate him with maize farming, but he has emerged as one of...
I was on my way from Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi to a meeting and got stuck in one of the city’s endless car jams — that’s when my taxi driver began a conversation about the lack...
A machine that will help scientists to select the best genes  - and help improve the “African orphan crops” has been unveiled in Nairobi, a major boost for the breeders. The gene sequencing machine is the product of Illumina Inc...
It is the season of politics and one man is nowhere to be seen – Dr Chris Murungaru. Once a powerful cabinet minister, it was expected that Dr Murungaru will be one of the many candidates. But not so. He has...
The US-based Elanco Animal Health, a division of Eli Lilly and Company has announced that it has received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to provide sustainable development solutions to address food insecurity in East Africa. The...
Kenneth Wilson is the man Africa needs, right now. A Lancaster University professor, Wilson is the man who has been studying army worms and everyone is looking up unto him to give a solution to these devastating pests. For the...
The versatile Fendt tractors have entered the African market. The official launch of Fendt (www.Fendt.com) machines took place on May 16, 2017   in South Africa where four tractors from the high-tech brand Fendt were  introduced into the South African...
Venesa Azar  is in a world of her own. Few people would dare abandon some flashy life in Paris, France to a village life and – wait for it – start farming. Vanesa has now settled in Msambweni village in...
A three-year grant fund totalling US$ 5 million has been announced, to enable scientists, researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs in eastern Africa work together to turn innovative ideas and technologies based on biological sciences into viable businesses. The kitty is being...
Tackling the menace of the tenacious fall armyworm pest and avoiding economic hardship for smallholders across Africa requires quick and coordinated action, a massive awareness campaign, scientific innovation and multi-institutional collaboration, said scientists attending a the Stakeholders Consultation Meeting...