Category archives for: Agriculture

FAO Welcomes Additional €15 Million from EU to Fight Desert Locusts

Rome, Italy, July 8, 2020/ — The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, QU Dongyu, today welcomed a €15 million contribution from the European Union to fight the Desert Locust upsurge in East Africa as a new wave of locusts is emerging in the region.

Dubai-based Foodtech Startup Raises $2M in Seed Funding

Dubai, UAE, July 5, 2020//-GrubTech, an end to end SaaS platform enabling the digital transformation of restaurants and cloud kitchens, has successfully raised $2M in Seed funding from the region’s industry captains and family offices.

Peasant Farmers: Scale Up Agric Spending in 2020 Mid-year Budget

Accra, Ghana, July 4, 2020//-The Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana (PFAG) and SEND Ghana have called on the government to scale up agriculture spending and prioritise the sector to save livelihoods, as it prepares its mid-year budget review and supplementary estimates for 2020.  

Global Experts Issue Roadmap to Avert Post-Pandemic Food Shocks Caused by Climate Change

June 25, 2020//-With COVID-19 intensifying hunger even in wealthy countries, influential food, agriculture and environment experts from six continents today responded to this bracing wake-up call with an ambitious roadmap for resetting food systems that were already being hit hard by climate change.

Africa’s Agric Value Chains Must Go Digital to Transform Production

Abidjan, Ivory Coast, June 22, 2020/ — Africa must seize the opportunity of the COVID-19 pandemic to deepen the digitalization of agricultural value chains and transform the sector, speakers at a webinar jointly hosted by the FAO Investment Centre and the African Development Bank said.

Africa Could Lose $4.8 Bn In Crop Exports Due To Pandemic Disruptions

June 11, 2020//-From shaking Nigeria’s cocoa industry to making slits in Southern Africa’s tobacco industry, Covid-19’s impact on agriculture is already obvious.

COVID-19 Recovery is a Chance to Improve the African Food System

COVID-19 mitigation could open new opportunities for agroecological innovation, here a multifunctional landscape in Ethiopia. Michael Hauser (ICRISAT), CC BY-SA Kai Mausch, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF); Michael Hauser, CGIAR System Organization; Todd Rosenstock, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), and Wanjiku Gichohi-Wainaina, CGIAR System Organization June 10, 2020//-The World Food Programme has warned that the COVID-19 pandemic […]

Why Abattoirs In Nigeria Pose A Threat To Health and the Environment

Idi-Araba abattoir canal, in Lagos, Nigeria. Photo by Olukayode Jaiyeola/NurPhoto via Getty Images Dr. Dada Olanrewaju Timothy, Olabisi Onabanjo University June 8, 2020//-Studies in Nigeria, Ghana and other developing countries have established that poor waste management is responsible for the environmental and health hazards associated with abattoirs.

AfDB Unveils Strategy to Safeguard Food Security Against Impacts of COVID-19

Abidjan, Ivory Coast, June 8, 2020// – The African Development Bank (AfDB) has unveiled a strategic roadmap of projects and programmes to assist African countries in tackling the nutrition and food security aspects of the COVID-19 crisis through a raft of immediate and longer-term measures.

Safeguarding Africa’s Food Systems Through and Beyond the Crisis

June 5, 2020//-There is widespread concern about the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Africa’s agricultural and food systems.

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