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  • How Kenyan Farmers Are Using Plastic Film Technology To Save Crops

    Plastic Film Technology By Staff, 5:09 pm

    The practice involves draping wet soil in a special kind of polythene film to conserve moisture. I visited Kathama, a tiny village in Machakos, where I discovered remarkable farming techniques. This is a novice innovation with great capacity in a water scarce area. In Kathama, I connected with one Joseph Mwanzia; an ageing farmer who uses plastic film technology. By using the technology, he had increased his maize production three-fold. The plastic film technology is an effective technology.

  • Entrepreneur Links Small-Scale African Farmers With Venture Capitalists

    small-scale African farmers with venture capitalists By Ann Brown, 1:13 pm AFKI Original

    There are millions of small-scale farmers locked out of Kenya’s formal economy. Alex Muriu is finding a way to help them. He created Farm Capital Africa to invest in profitable business ventures in the underfunded agricultural sector. He uses the internet to raise funds for agripreneurs — mostly youth and women age 25 to 35 — so they can scale up their agricultural ventures. “We have had some challenges,” Muriu told AFKInsider. “Social-impact investors are not as rampant as profit-making investors.”

  • African Leaders, Others Pledge $30B In Farm Investments

    By Staff, 3:50 am

    Prospects for agriculture in Africa took a huge boost last week as leaders, business people and major development partners pledged more than 30 billion US dollars in investments to expedite transformation of the sector. The collective pledges at the African Green Revolution Forum in Nairobi, Kenya, mark a major breakthrough in efforts to transform agriculture, the mainstay of the economies of most of African countries, to become the key driver of growth.

  • How SA Entrepreneurs Grew A Backyard Fynbos Nursery Into A Thriving Business

    By Ann Brown, 9:12 am AFKI Original

    There is a strong demand for South African fynbos worldwide. Germany, the U.K., Japan, and the Netherlands represent the greatest opportunities for exports. Fynbos, an Afrikaans word meaning “fine bush,” comprises 80 percent of the Cape Floral Kingdom. It includes rare species that have disappeared in the wild. One of the best known fynbos species is the king protea, South Africa’s national flower.

  • 12 Apps Boosting Agriculture In Africa

    By Julia Austin, 4:31 am AFKI Original

    Agro-Hub is a crowd-sourced information app based out of Cameroon. Through the app, farmers can learn everything from food storage tips to how to optimize their sales on social media. According to the company’s website Agro-hub.com, their main objective is to, “Combat poverty among rural farmers in Cameroon by improving farmers’ household incomes through agricultural market development.”

  • 10 Reasons Africa’s Food And Agriculture Industries Are Failing

    By Julia Austin, 6:25 am AFKI Original

    Scientific and technological advancements in Africa are growing, especially in the mobile arena, but many farmers are still behind those of the Western world. Many schools don’t even have science labs or computers. This puts farming communities at a great disadvantage since much of caring for and growing crops is scientific. Farmers sometimes lack basic knowledge on how to better their crops.

  • Here Is How AfDB Plans To Empower Women In Agriculture

    embraced mobile By Staff, 5:07 am

    “This report prepares the ground to empower women, to take a leading role in the business of farming and agricultural value chains, regionally and globally”, said Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank. Agriculture in Africa is poised to remain one of the most important economic sectors, accounting for around 25% of the continent’s GDP

  • Q&A: Local Entrepreneurs Could Be A Funding Source For African Startups

    By Kevin Mwanza, 12:42 am AFKI Original

    After two hours of quick presentations by the participating startups in the afternoon of June 24, two startups: Atikus Insurance, a Kigali-based company that seek to expands access to credit to small and medium firms; and Farmerline from Ghana, that provides agricultural information to farmers and industry stakeholders, won $50,000 each.

  • Land Rights For Women Vital For African Development

    By Ann Brown, 8:00 pm

    From allAfrica Although both women and men have rights to land under statutory and customary tenure, the rights of women and men differ in origin, duration and scope, and are influenced by the legal rules and social norms related to marriage and other family relationships.  As a result, women’s rights to land and other property […]

  • Ethiopia To Build Three New Airports At A Cost Of $64.5M

    By Kevin Mwanza, 4:02 am

    Ethiopia is set to expand its airport reach with construction of three airport runways in three major regional cites, with a capacity to host big jets like B737. The Ethiopian Airports Enterprise (EAE) the state company tasked with expanding and supervising Ethiopia’s increasing airports signed a $68.5 million (1.37 billion Ethiopian Birr) with three local firms who won tenders for the construction of three airport runways, on December 11, 2014.

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