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African Farming weekly digest - 20th - 26th March

Here is a brief overview of the week's new on africanfarming.net, from 20 - 27 March 2017

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World Bank announces record US$57bn for sub-Saharan Africa 

Following a meeting with G20 finance ministers and central bank governors, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, announced on 19 March that a record US$57bn in financing for Sub-Saharan African countries over the next three fiscal years. Read more here

Water, our lifeblood by Ivy Latour, Marketing & Communications Director, Asia Industrial, Veolia Water Technologies  

 A most dynamic industry, the food and beverage (F&B) market has seen dozens of food trends come and go, survived several crises (avian flu, swine flu, mad cow disease, etc.), and has hung on through droughts due to poor weather. But for all its resilience, the F&B industry’s Achilles’ heel may just be the very thing that is required for its core business – water.

Widely used in food and beverage production, water is a critical component that the F&B industry cannot do without. The actual amount of water and energy that goes into producing each food or drink item can be staggering to the general public. For example, an astounding 53 gallons (or 200 litres, estimated) of water is used in the collective processes leading up to the production of a single egg, while a pint of beer requires nearly 20 gallons (75 litres) of water for production, excluding the water used to produce the cans and bottles to contain the beer. These indirect water contributions are difficult to quantify, so they are largely unknown and are not taken into consideration by the F&B industry. Read more here

Nigerian anti-grazing bill tackling frustrating passage through the House

John Dyegh, the lawmaker representing Gboko/Tarka Federal constituency at the Nigeria National Assembly has claimed that 'powerful Nigerians' are disrupting the passage of the bill banning open grazing. Read more here

More international pavilions at Agritech Expo Zambia displays African global presence

The upcoming Agritech Expo Zambia in Chisamba from 27-29 April will feature a record number of six international pavilions from strong farming countries Germany, the UK, the Netherlands, France, the Czech Republic and Zimbabwe, each showcasing their own specialised products and services to the agri-community. Read more here

Case IH gives an insight into advances in farming in Tanzania

The 5th Commercial Farm Africa summit has brought together industry professionals from all over the continent to share insights into transforming Africa’s agricultural value chain. The two-day event in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (March 14th and 15th) was a valuable opportunity for visitors to hear experts give talks on a wide range of important farming matters. Read more here.

Trelleborg showcase six new innovations and products at SIMA

At SIMA 2017, Trelleborg unveiled and showcased six products from its extensive portfolio of tyres and complete wheel systems for the agricultural sector. Read more here


LATEST NEWS IN Agriculture

African food imports bill predicted to double by 2030

African food imports bill predicted to d…

Experts have warned that the cost of Africa’s yearly food imports could increase from US$50bn to US$110bn by 2030 if immediate measures aren’t taken to increase food production

Wildlife and forestry sector in the spotlight

Wildlife and forestry sector in the spot…

On August 22, the 23rd session of the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission, hosted by the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo opened in Kinshasa, putting the future...

Boosting investment for Africa-made cotton

Boosting investment for Africa-made cott…

At a partner’s conference on cotton, jointly organised with the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), donors were urged to mobilise resources for new partnerships.   

Nature-based solutions help farmers in Ghana

Nature-based solutions help farmers in G…

Organic pesticides, waste-based fertilisers and forest regeneration are just a few of the green initiatives being employed in Ghana to boost farming communities’ resilience to the impacts of climate...

Boosting soil nutrient mapping in sub-Saharan Africa

Boosting soil nutrient mapping in sub-Sa…

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is set to fast track an impact-oriented project in sub-Saharan Africa and Central America for digital soil nutrient mapping, after...

Gambia-Korea partnership seeks to double rice production to curb food insecurity

Gambia-Korea partnership seeks to double…

President Adama Barrow has received a delegation led by the Korean Ambassador to The Gambia, HE Kim Ji-Joon, at the State House in Banjul to announce the delivery of sample rice...

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BASF launches new long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets against malaria

BASF launches new long-lasting insectici…

BASF has received a recommendation from the World Health Organisation (WHO) for Interceptor G2, a long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito net (LN) based on chlorfenapyr, a new insecticide class for combating mosquitoes...

Uganda considering GM crops for food security solution

Uganda considering GM crops for food sec…

Uganda could be close to legitimising GM crops in order to boost production in the country, according to the Uganda Biotechnology and Biosafety Consortium

Somalia implements Drought Impact Response Plan

Somalia implements Drought Impact Respon…

The Federal Government of Somalia and the aid community are together implementing a Drought Impact Response Plan which is set to provide critical life-saving assistance to 4.5mn Somalis by the...

IFAD loans US$24.8mn to Zambia

IFAD loans US$24.8mn to Zambia

US$24.8mn IFAD loan and US$7mn grant to boost smallholder agriculture in Zambia

Nigeria's Candel Group to export agrochemicals to Ghana

Nigeria's Candel Group to export agroche…

Nigeria-based Candel Company Limited will start exporting agrochemical products made in its Lagos manufacturing facility to Ghana

Nigerian agriculture minister elected AfDB president

Nigerian agriculture minister elected Af…

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has officially announced the election of its eighth president

‘Agribusiness key for Africa’, says UN economist

‘Agribusiness key for Africa’, says UN e…

The executive secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Dr Carlos Lopes, has said that agribusiness has a “fundamental role” to play in the continent’s economic development

UN report pinpoints obstacles and opportunities in African agriculture’s digital revolution

UN report pinpoints obstacles and opport…

A new report co-published by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) highlights the benefits from the use of digital technologies in sub-Saharan Africa

Nigerian government donates seeds to 7,000 farmers

Nigerian government donates seeds to 7,0…

As part of the Nigerian government’s plans to boost the country’s agricultural self-sufficiency, free sorghum seeds have been distributed to more than 7,000 farmers in Kudana State

Improving food security and combating poverty in the face of COVID-19 in Nigeria

Improving food security and combating po…

The Federal Government of Nigeria and the International Fund for Agricultural Development of the United Nations (IFAD) are working together to lessen the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on small-scale...

AGCO calls for new vision for agriculture

AGCO calls for new vision for agricultur…

AGCO, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, has held its first ever AGCO Africa Summit in Berlin

African agriculture offers investment opportunities though risks remain

African agriculture offers investment op…

Africa's agricultural sector offers investment opportunities to international investors despite hurdles such as land-grabbing 

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