Africa’s development must be based on resilient approaches with nature and people at the center

In this insightful and wide-ranging interview, Professor Patrick Verkooijen, Chief Executive Officer of Global Center on Adaptation discusses the organization‘s establishment, its main objectives, challenges and the plans for the future. The Global Center on Adaptation in Africa (GCA Africa), … Continue reading Africa’s development must be based on resilient approaches with nature and people at the center

African and Asian agriculture in focus: Options for managing fall armyworm in maize and sorghum

Native to the Americas, the Fall Armyworm (FAW; Spodoptera frugiperda J.E. Smith, 1797) was discovered as a new invasive pest in West Africa during 2016. How and exactly when the pest was introduced is unknown, but genetic analysis suggests the … Continue reading African and Asian agriculture in focus: Options for managing fall armyworm in maize and sorghum

The Great Green Wall and the African Development Bank’s TAAT: Two bold initiatives planting Africa’s seeds of change

Just five years ago, Sudan’s farmers harvested a mere 472,000 tons of wheat from about a quarter-million hectares of land. Today, the Sahel country is on the cusp of becoming a regional breadbasket. One of the reasons for Sudan’s agricultural … Continue reading The Great Green Wall and the African Development Bank’s TAAT: Two bold initiatives planting Africa’s seeds of change

AfCFTA to bring trade, socio-economic advantages in Africa – Expert

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement will have great economic, trade as well as social advantages for Africa if the African continent advances in infrastructure connectivity, an Ethiopian scholar said on Thursday. The AfCFTA agreement, which is regarded … Continue reading AfCFTA to bring trade, socio-economic advantages in Africa – Expert

Rethinking approach to agriculture: what should sub-Saharan Africa do

In response to the economic devastation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, most sub-Saharan governments are developing economic recovery plans. These will require some different thinking, particularly when it comes to agriculture. Wandile Sihlobo, the chief economist of the Agricultural Business … Continue reading Rethinking approach to agriculture: what should sub-Saharan Africa do

Resilience in agriculture: An unfinished agenda for Malawi – now overshadowed by the pandemic

Growing up in the most southern tip of Malawi, I remember my ancestors practicing zero tillage, intercropping maize with pigeon peas, green beans, pumpkins and more. Later, these were characterized as “uncivilized” ways of farming, and they then adopted “civilized” … Continue reading Resilience in agriculture: An unfinished agenda for Malawi – now overshadowed by the pandemic

Zimbabwean president says Africa’s independence incomplete without full ownership of natural resources

Africa’s freedom and political independence remains incomplete until the continent has total control of its rich natural resources, Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa said Thursday. “The epoch we are now at as Africa is the story of full ownership and utilization … Continue reading Zimbabwean president says Africa’s independence incomplete without full ownership of natural resources

40,000 young people in Nigeria to benefit from Young Africa Works-IITA Project Training Programme

In May this year, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) partnered with the Mastercard Foundation to start the Young Africa Works-IITA Project, an innovative approach to agribusiness training and start-up for Nigeria’s young people. This project was developed in … Continue reading 40,000 young people in Nigeria to benefit from Young Africa Works-IITA Project Training Programme

COVID-19 is a ‘wake-up command’ to address Africa’s challenges – Tony Blair

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the challenges and opportunities of Africa’s development landscape, former British prime minister Tony Blair said on Monday in a lecture organized by the African Development Institute in Abidjan. “We have the same problems but what … Continue reading COVID-19 is a ‘wake-up command’ to address Africa’s challenges – Tony Blair