Agriculture: Latest News
Dana Sanchez, 9:22 am
Under the trade agreement, the E.U. will guarantee Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, and Swaziland 100 percent free access and South Africa 98.7 percent. SACU member countries do not have to respond with the same level of market openness. Instead, they can keep tariffs on products sensitive to international competition. The E.U. has never agreed before to such a degree of asymmetry in any free trade agreement. Other development-oriented free trade agreements could soon follow in West and East Africa.
Staff, 5:08 am
Southern African Development Community (SADC) and European Union (EU) signed the operationalisation of phase one of the two parties’ Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) in Kasane town in north-eastern Botswana on June 10. There have been concerns that the conclusion of negotiations, which lasted for almost a decade, could result in EU’s advanced industries crowding out the infant industries in the region, especially those in the agricultural sector.
Dana Sanchez, 6:45 pm
The informal sector contributes about 55 percent of sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP, but it doesn’t pay taxes. East African governments will be charging more taxes in the informal sectors as they seek to accelerate growth. No politician ever got popular by creating new taxpayers. Alongside the many development challenges facing African countries, few governments want to run the risk of increasing taxes.
Kevin Mwanza, 9:22 am
Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates thinks that rearing chicken could help eradicate poverty in Africa and other poor parts of the world, effectively tackling one of the worst problems on the globe. The Microsoft founder has launched a campaign to donate 100,000 chickens that will help families to earn more than $1,000 a year and keep them above the $700 poverty line. More than a billion people currently live below the global poverty line, earning less than $2 a day.
Dana Sanchez, 12:09 pm
The entrepreneurs running African firms tend to have longer planning horizons than foreign owned companies for kick-starting industries that don’t rely on extractives. This is pivotal to economic diversification in Africa. Often indigenous, they’re physically and psychologically vested in their operating environments. They have risk mitigation strategies which often elude their foreign counterparts.
Staff, 5:32 am
It was knowledge of this that prompted Nigerian automobile designer Olufemi Odeleye to spend nearly 10 years developing the prototype for a low-cost, multipurpose, mini tractor – created with the Nigerian, and African, small-scale farmer in mind. His invention, dubbed the Tryctor, has been adapted from the traditional motorcycle and caught the attention of the Nigerian government which is currently piloting the solution among farmers. And this year Odeleye and his Tryctor are up for the Innovation Prize for Africa.
Dana Sanchez, 10:01 am
Each year in Spain, La Tomatina festival goers throw more than 100 tonnes of tomatoes at each other for fun. Tomatoes are an important ingredient in many Nigerian dishes and many people can’t afford them after tomato farms were devastated by a moth nicknamed “tomato Ebola.” About 80 percent of production in Kaduna state — tomato capital of Nigeria — was hit by the pest. It’s a tomato state of emergency.
Keren Mikva, 7:17 am AFKI Original
The rich and diverse culture of the Sotho people is integral to the composition of southern Africa, where about 7 million people identify as Sotho. One of the first African languages to be written down, Sesotho literature is incredibly diverse and impressive. French missionaries transmuted Sesotho into writing beginning in 1833, and Thomas Mofolo’s “Chaka,” written in 1925, was one of the first Sotho books written. It is still read today.
Dana Sanchez, 1:46 pm
South African wine now offers great value in export markets. South Africa’s wine quality has increased dramatically over the last five years, and the battered rand has pushed many struggling wineries into a profitable position. Winery costs have risen, but profits have allowed for more investment and you can expect the quality to keep improving, an SA wine expert says. As SA wines get more attention and higher prices, there is increased interest great vintage wines. Rare wines from the ’60s and ’70s are getting rave reviews.
Kevin Mwanza, 8:48 am
Ethiopia has been facing one of the worst drought in more than half a decade in the northern part of the country, but in Tigray province farmers have managed to turn the former semi-desert region to a lush green forest by learning to capture rain water. Tigray is found in the highlands of East African nation and was one of the regions that was badly affect by a sever drought in the late 1980s. The steep gradient of the slopes in Northern Ethiopia means that farmers would lose over 130 tons of soil per hectare in a year
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