Category: Agriculture


Trilobites: Elephants Are Very Scared of Bees. That Could Save Their Lives.

Researchers have compared the reactions of elephants in Africa and Asia to bee swarms, in efforts at protecting the endangered animals from angered farmers or poachers.

Game over for silent killer in Africa’s food?

If I told you there was a cancer-causing poison that 4.5bn people are chronically exposed to you’d think I was making it up. But I’m deadly serious. Most of you won’t even have heard of its name before. That needs to change and we need to eradicate it. And the incredible thing is that the ...

What fuel, bread and water reveal about how Egypt is mismanaged

WITH less than two months to go before Egypt’s presidential election, no one is talking about the choice of candidates, because there is no choice. All serious rivals to President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, who seized power in a coup in 2013, have been scared off. A single challenger, Moussa Mustafa Moussa, who until recently was an ...

What is cheaper than beer and “gives you energy”?

STRONG, smooth, with notes of melon and a hint of a buttery aftertaste. Leopord Lema’s banana wine may not delight the critics, but it is a hit in northern Tanzania, where it sells for 500 shillings ($0.23) a bottle. It’s cheaper than beer, says Samuel Juma, a security guard, and “brings more energy”. Locals glug ...


Malawi:1.9 Million Families Face Food Shortage

[Nyasa Times] Maize production for 2017/2018 growing season will reduce by over 283,941 metric tonnes due to prolonged dry spells including fall armyworms that have 18 districts and estimates that 1.9 million families face food shortage , the Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Joseph Mwanamvekha told Parliamnet on Monday.

An army of worms is invading Africa

On Friday he ate a field of maize AFRICA has been invaded on quiet wings. First they landed by ship in the west. Then they spread across the continent, wreaking havoc as they went. Now, two years later, the invaders are worrying officials in almost every sub-Saharan country. It’s not the French, British or even ...


The tobacco industry is luring African farmers with bogus promises of prosperity

“We have more than 20,000 … small-scale farmers growing tobacco … the industry is critical in reducing poverty levels.” Or so says an official with the Zambian Development Agency who we interviewed for our study on the political economy of trade, tobacco control and tobacco farming. He was not alone in this opinion, a common ...


Crowdfarming is being used to bring Somalia’s livestock market into the digital economy

Somalia is a global leader in the export of goats and sheep, and livestock trade generates about 40% of the country’s gross domestic product. Yet almost every other year, recurring droughts and water scarcity take a toll on local pastoralists’ ability to keep their animals live and healthy. In 2017 alone, livestock loss has ranged ...


Les planteurs de cacao plantés

Matières premières. La Côte d’Ivoire devrait fixer le prix minimum des fèves brunes à 750 francs CFA par kilogramme pour la saison 2017-2018.