Agriculture: Latest News

  • Tanzania Ups Penalties For Poachers

    By Barbara Bean-Mellinger, 1:41 pm

    Poachers in Tanzania will face tougher penalties thanks to a new government bill. The bill arose due to an increase in poaching. Illegal hunters of elephant tusks are backed by wealthy international barons and legal assistance isn’t a problem for them, wildlife officials say. Their court cases are often long and many are acquitted.

  • Standard Bank Inks $150M Power Project Deal In Kenya

    By Ann Brown, 8:00 pm

    Africa’s largest bank by assets, Standard Bank Group, has teamed up with its subsidiary Stanbic Bank in Kenya and signed a deal with Aeolus Kenya, to build a $150-million wind power plant in Kenya.

  • Zimbabwe To Give Farmers $161 Million In Aid

    By Ann Brown, 7:00 pm

    The country has seen maize, wheat and cotton output drop in recent years. The maize and fertilizer manufacturing companies have been hit by such problems as a increased power outages and capitalization constraints.

  • Export Ban Stunts Rural Farmers’ Reach in Tanzania

    By Makula Dunbar, 11:33 am

    An ad hoc ban on the export of staple food crops in the country is one of the major drawbacks in the fight against poverty in rural communities, whose livelihoods depend on agriculture. The ban does not only affect the rural poor, but also hikes prices, which in the end have been demotivating farmers, leading to low production and productivity.

  • Ivory Coast Announces Push To Create 2.4 Million Agriculture Jobs

    By Ann Brown, 4:00 pm

    From Reuters Ivory Coast, the world’s top cocoa grower, aims to create 2.4 million new jobs by the end of 2016 though a program of heavy investments in agriculture, a senior government official said. Once the motor for economic growth in West Africa, Ivory Coast is recovering from a decade-long political crisis that split the […]

  • Namibia in Dire Need of International Drought Aid

    By Makula Dunbar, 6:04 pm

    The executive secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), has called at the 11th Conference of Parties (CoP 11) to the UNCCD on international organisations and the business community to provide support to Namibia in addressing the severe drought the country currently face.

  • Growing Crops In the Sahara: Algeria Diversifies Economy

    By Dana Sanchez, 4:11 pm

    Warned to diversify its oil-based economy, Algeria has invested heavily in agriculture and now boasts a booming industry that provides more jobs than its oil industry. The Algerian government has been offering cheap loans and concessions to farmers willing to work their farmlands four hours a day before 9 a.m. due to the excessive heat in the desert. Agriculture is being promoted in Southern Algeria despite the harsh conditions of the Sahara desert.

  • Mozambique Sees Higher Economic Growth in 2013

    By Makula Dunbar, 2:52 pm

    In its balance sheet on the 2013 Economic and Social Plan presented on Monday at a session of the Development Observatory, which brings together representatives of the government, civil society and the international community, the document showed that the strongest areas of growth were financial services (23.3 percent), mining (22 percent) and government services (16.2 percent), all well in excess of their annual targets of 17.7, 18.6 and 4.1 percent respectively.

  • Foreign Investors Considering Angola, Mozambique Opportunities Meet Hurdles

    By Makula Dunbar, 4:28 pm

    There’s plenty of work in resources-rich Angola and Mozambique but non-domestic lawyers and investors find it hard to get a piece of the action. As two of the world’s fastest growing economies and driven by a wealth of natural resources, both Angola and Mozambique are booming, but not everyone is invited to the party. In a bid to protect the local players, foreign investors and lawyers face restrictions.

  • Ugandan Minister: ‘No Problem With China Growing Food In Africa’

    By Dana Sanchez, 1:35 pm

    Ugandan Agriculture Minister Tress Bucyanayandi said he has no problem with China growing food in Africa to tackle its own increasing food deficit. A recent study by Standard Chartered predicted that China will have to import 100 million tons of food a year within 20 to 30 years to avoid shortages.

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