AGRA’s VALUE4HER program poised to accelerate women’s agribusiness in Africa

Women play significant role in agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa, providing up to 50% of the agricultural labor force by producing food while ensuring family nutrition and food security. But, as has been extensively documented, gender-based inequalities in access to and … Continue reading AGRA’s VALUE4HER program poised to accelerate women’s agribusiness in Africa

Mechanisation is the key to timeliness and accuracy of farming activities – Joseph Wambugu

A passionate Agribusiness professional, Joseph Wambugu, is on a mission to improve food security in Africa. His areas of focus are mechanisation and small-scale farming. For Joseph, mechanisation is an enabler of timekeeping. Forward-planning and acquiring the right agricultural machinery … Continue reading Mechanisation is the key to timeliness and accuracy of farming activities – Joseph Wambugu

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

Agriculture for food and nature: Sustainable intensification of African farming systems in North and West Africa

As the global population grows, agri-food systems face numerous complex challenges. These challenges are further exacerbated as accelerating global warming, and other human activities, impact upon the adaption capacity of agricultural production and ecosystems. These factors are predicted to have … Continue reading Agriculture for food and nature: Sustainable intensification of African farming systems in North and West Africa

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

Africa has a growing food security problem: here is why it can’t be fixed without proper data

The COVID-19 pandemic and consequent lockdown measures have had a huge negative impact on producers and consumers. Food production has been disrupted, and incomes have been lost. But a far more devastating welfare consequence of the pandemic could be reduced … Continue reading Africa has a growing food security problem: here is why it can’t be fixed without proper data