Agriculture: Latest News
Ann Brown, 12:20 pm AFKI Original
South African Ntuthuko Shezi’s entrepreneurial spirit landed him a spot on Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative. The initiative should continue, Shezi told AFKInsider. The U.S. “has been very involved in Africa for many years with various aid programs, but I think the past model was a bit flawed,” he said. It didn’t really recognize that (Africans) can build their own own roads and clinics. “What we need is to be empowered with information and support,” he said. “This is where Obama has got it right with YALI.”
Peter Pedroncelli, 9:40 am AFKI Original
South African food products are appreciated and enjoyed throughout the world, especially in countries where expatriates from the rainbow nation have emigrated and resettled. Places that have large South African expat communities include countries such as the United Kingdom, the United States, New Zealand and Australia. We take a look at 12 South African food products which expatriates miss.
Kevin Mwanza, 5:37 am AFKI Original
Robusta is a coffee variety that is mostly used in instant coffee and a filler for blends. It is mostly grown in Africa alongside Arabica beans. According to recent reports, Robusta coffee beans, whose production in Africa had declined significantly over the last few decades due to pests, diseases and civil war in some producing countries, is slowly making a comeback. Below are 12 things you probably didn’t know about Robusta coffee farming in Africa.
Staff, 2:45 am
Farming has an unglamorous image across Africa. But this might be changing – the BBC’s Sophie Ikenye met some young professionals who packed in their office jobs and moved back to the family farm. Six years ago Emmanuel Koranteng, 33, gave up his job as an accountant in the US and bought a one-way ticket to Ghana. He now has a successful business growing pineapples in a village one-and-a-half hours away from the capital, Accra. He says that even when he was far away from the farm, it was always in his thoughts.
Kevin Mwanza, 7:08 am
Robusta coffee is making a comeback in Africa, years after its production plummeted in the 1990s and early 2000s due to a fall in its price on the global market as civil war, pests and diseases affected some producing countries on the continent. Production of Robusta coffee variety currently accounts for about 40 percent of Africa’s total annual production, an increase of about 10 percent from three years ago. Prices have been on the rise in countries like Uganda – the highest Robusta coffee producer in Africa
Staff, 3:14 pm
Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates plans to help the Ethiopian government tap into mobile banking technology as part of an ambitious plan to make payments more effective, he told reporters at a roundtable meeting in Addis Ababa. Gates also said his foundation is supporting EthioChicken, an innovative company that provides improved chicken breeds to local smallholder poultry farmers. A private-public partnership with American entrepreneurs, EthioChicken supplies 1-day-old chicks to local organized youth groups, helping generate income.
Dana Sanchez, 8:59 am
Business investors aren’t the only ones spotting Africa’s potential. Name-brand foundations are also investing in Africa, making grants on a historic level. Still, charity has its critics. Akon is one of the most vocal. The U.S.-based rap star is one of the most famous impact investors in Africa — and one of the most prominent voices against giving charity to Africans. These are some of the biggest philanthropic foundations giving money in Africa.
Dana Sanchez, 2:07 pm AFKI Original
EcoSolutions manages some of the world’s largest bat and insect mitigation programs. Insects have decimated Nigeria’s tomato crop and Nigerian free-tailed bats could help control them, a director told AFKInsider. The company builds bat and owl houses and manages them for chemical-free pest control. “It would be better to include bats in the agricultural success of tomatoes in Africa than bailing out (countries) or providing aid when the tomato crop fails.”
Kevin Mwanza, 12:40 am
Nigeria spends $11 billion on importation of food, denying the nation the much-needed foreign exchange as the economy faces uncertain times due to a global fall in oil prices. This is the third biggest annual import after industrial supplies and capital goods. The nation currently earns about $2 billion annually from non-oil exports, according to Vanguard. This presents a huge trade imbalance between imports and exports.
Staff, 3:18 pm
It can take about 25 years to turn a country from Third World to First World. Ten countries in Africa are heading to this transition. Japan was the leader of the “Asian miracle,” but others include Taiwan and South Korea. They had no mineral wealth. What they had were national systems of innovation and they invested in human capital. Many started off equal or lower in GDP per capita than African countries. Household incomes improve when people get involved in tech-based work. Even agriculture needs to be high tech. This is a path Ethiopia is following.
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