Agriculture: Latest News
What Africa needs, each and every day, are heroes of a different sort – “action heroes” with ideas and vision, ready to respond to challenges that could determine the fate of a continent with a land mass larger than the United States, Western Europe, China and India combined. This is a lot of land, with a lot of potential. Africa’s challenges are well known: A devastating drought is destroying crops in Eastern and Southern Africa.
Kurt Davis Jr., 12:36 am AFKI Original
Overexploitation is the story of a new crisis in Africa — the quick depletion of Africa’s coastal fisheries. At its heart is illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. This is the case with up to a half of West Africa’s fish catch. A regional registry of fishing vessels should be established. The Port State Measures Agreement’s basic principal is simple: If ports where fish are landed are the checkpoints for the fishing industry, then it more difficult to find a port-side buyer for illegally caught fish.
Julia Austin, 4:13 pm AFKI Original
A South African wine just won the Platinum Best In Show Award at the prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards in the U.K. DeMorgenzon Chardonnay Reserve 2015 (Stellenbosch) is officially one of the best in the world, beating out 16,000 others from France, the U.S. and Australia. South Africa may be staring down a recession, but its wine industry didn’t get the memo. The country’s wine industry had a 5 percent increase in wine exports in 2015. Here are 8 other award-winning South African wines to drink in 2016.
Kevin Mwanza, 9:27 am
Coffee farmers are moving to highlands in an effort to escape climate change, which according to researchers has contributed to increased diseases and pests and shift in growing conditions, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said in their first estimates for the season. This, the USDA said, will help keep coffee output from the continent at near it record high despite a production drop of about one million bags from the region’s top producer — Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
Staff, 12:10 am
Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda have hinted that they could open up soon to the use of GMO seeds to increase crop yields. Rwanda says it will not lift a ban on GMOs despite a sharp decline in its crop yields in the face of erratic weather patterns and diseases that affect maize crops. The contribution of agriculture to the gross domestic product of Rwanda has declined in recent years from 35 percent in 2012 to about 33 percent in 2015.
Staff, 12:01 am
In addition to expertise in fighting Islamic terrorism, Israel can give Africa technology in irrigation, agriculture and renewable energy, says Avraham Neguise, Member of Israel’s Knesset and chairman of the Caucus for Israel-Africa Relations. “We can grow food in the desert,” Neguise says. “The best ambassadors for this message are Ethiopian Israelis. The very same young people who filled up our squares with protests about the lack of social and economic opportunity could be trained to advance Israeli business and diplomatic efforts throughout Africa.”
Dana Sanchez, 2:50 pm
Ethiopia’s floriculture industry ranks among the top five suppliers globally. Kenya is now the world’s third-largest flower exporter, after the U.S. and Netherlands, which grew rich selling tulip bulbs in the 17th century. The Netherlands flower auction is losing ground as growers increasingly sell direct. It’s responding by changing its auction system. It will be like “a Tinder or AirBNB” for flowers, said the CEO of the centuries-old auction house co-op — the world’s biggest for flowers.
Dana Sanchez, 11:25 am
There is no good reason to import poultry to South Africa. It’s harming local business and stunting economic growth, according to a local opinion piece. South African producers get better value from local chicken because they sell every piece of the chicken to consumers rather than just the white meat preferred in the U.S. and Europe, whose subliminal racism is exemplified by exporting the waste they don’t consume, transferring the effects of their dietary preference to the poor. But AGOA isn’t just about chicken and it was never meant as a one-way deal.
Dana Sanchez, 6:05 pm
The Brexit referendum is scheduled for June 23, and the vote is considered too close to call. Brexit will help Africa have a stronger relationship with the U.K., says the British minister for Africa. The U.K. will no longer be forced to view Africa through the “prism” of the E.U. but will deepen its direct relations with African countries and others that play a significant role on the continent — like France and the U.S. On issues of security, trade and development, the E.U. is a “wholly inappropriate way to define the U.K.-Africa relationship,” he says.
Keren Mikva, 11:44 am
The Tutsi are often associated with the horrific events of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, known officially as the genocide against the Tutsi. The richness and diversity of Tutsi culture is less well known. The Tutsi and Hutu people were mainly friendly until European colonization. The Tutsi dominated the region beginning in the 14th century, but established friendly relations with the Hutu in feudal relationships owing to their vast cattle herds and warfare knowledge. With the colonial period in the late 1800s, favorable treatment of one group over another intensified animosities.
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