Agriculture

Access to Seeds Index shows seed companies moving to ‘greener pastures’

When comparing 2021 research findings with the first iteration (2016), both global and regional seed companies show significant progress. (Image source: World Benchmarking Alliance)The World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA) has launched the third iteration of the Access to Seeds Index, which shows that both global and regional seed companies are doing much better with availability and suitable crops for smallholder farmers

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Government of Tanzania to improve plant health with support from EU and FAO

The project seeks to address administrative and technical limitations relevant to plant health that deteriorate agricultural trade. (Image source: Adobe Stock)The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in partnership with the European Union (EU) and the government of the United Republic of Tanzania through the Ministry Agriculture, are about to start a four-year project ‘Strengthening plant health services in Tanzania for enhanced food safety’

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Two pilot projects launched in Rwanda to tackle aflatoxins in crops and grains

Often consumed mistakenly in maize flours or maize-fed animal products, aflatoxin is linked to the suppression of the immune system (Image source: Adobe Stock)In order to help farmers and grain traders reduce the prevalence of aflatoxins in crops and grains in Rwanda, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), Kigali-based agriculture start-up AflaSight and research firm Vanguard Economics have launched two pilot projects aimed at improving maize quality in the country

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IGAD and FAO join hands, demand action for mitigating drought impacts

Farmers and herders are experiencing the impacts of poor harvests, depleted food and animal feedstock. (Image Source: Adobe Stock)Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have called for urgent action as vulnerable communities in the IGAD region continue to experience droughts that are eroding their flexibility to food and nutrition insecurity

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Africa’s GGW programme gives viable return on investments

ATR2Nov17Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) found that Africa’s Great Green Wall (GGW) programme in the Sahel region is crucial to the battle against climate change

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