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IMF Staff Completes 2015 Article IV Mission to Somalia

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An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team led by Rogerio Zandamela held discussions in Nairobi from June 8–18, 2015 on the Article IV Consultation with Somalia, the first such discussions in over 25 years. At the conclusion of the mission, Mr. Zandamela made the following statement: “Since 1991, Somalis have suffered greatly from civil war. The economy deteriorated as the physical ...

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Farmers make more money with ecological farming- Greenpeace

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More money for small scale farmers with ecological farming – this is the message contained in a Greenpeace Africa report released in Nairobi today. The report, entitled Fostering economic resilience: The Financial Benefits of Ecological Farming in Kenya and Malawi, marks the start of Greenpeace Africa’s campaign for ecological farming in East Africa. The report – based on research by ...

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OLAM awards prize for innovation in food security

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Olam, a  leading global agri-business operating across the value chain in 65 countries, has announced that the Olam International Prize for Innovation in Food Security  has been awarded to  Professor Norman Uphoff, a professor of Government  and International Agriculture and former director of the Cornell International  Institute for Food, Agriculture, and Development and the  SRI International Network and Resources Centre ...

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Dr Harold Roy-Macauley appointed as new Director General of AfricaRice

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Dr Harold Roy-Macauley, a Sierra Leonean national, was appointed as the new Director General of the Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) at an Extraordinary Session of the Council of Ministers of AfricaRice held on 6 February 2015, in Kampala, Uganda. The announcement was made by the Honorable Cabinet Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Republic of Uganda, Tress Bucyanayandi, in ...

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Tanzanian Agriculture and Livestock Ministers At Agribusiness Congress East Africa in Dar es Salaam

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Tanzanian ministers of Agriculture Food Security and Cooperatives, Honourable Eng. Christopher Chiza, and of Livestock and Fisheries, Honourable Dr. Titus Kamani Mlengeya, will open the Agribusiness Congress East Africa in Dar es Salaam on 28 January. Conference The Agribusiness East Africa conference programme covers topics such as: East Africa as an Agribusiness Investment Destination; Driving the business mind-set in the ...

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FARA announces science agenda for agriculture in Africa

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Africa’s future 10 years from now What does the future for African agricultural development look like ten years from now? The Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa envisions that by 2030 Africa is food and nutrition secure, a global scientific player, and the world’s food-basket. At the conference today, the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) announced its Science ...

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Nigerian Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Affirms Support for Agra Innovate Nigeria

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Exhibition Gathers International Stakeholders to Invest in Nigeria’s Agriculture Sector Agra Innovate Nigeria, a pioneering trade event, will takes place on November 18-20, 2014 bringing together international agricultural technology providers and key Nigerian dignitaries, policy makers, agribusiness leaders and entrepreneurs. The event aims to identify key opportunities for growth, innovation and investment in Nigeria’s booming agriculture industry. “The Nigerian Government ...

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SA: Over 300 job opportunities for agriculture sector

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More than 300 people from historically disadvantaged communities will receive training to work in the agriculture sector in an initiative that is set to address scarce and critical skills. The R11 million shearing training and skills development programme was funded by BKB and Coega Development Corporation (CDC) through the Jobs Fund, which creates jobs by supporting initiatives that generate employment ...

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Putting family farmers first to eradicate hunger

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Putting family farmers first to eradicate hunger / SOFA report urges enabling the world’s half billion family farmers to be agents of change Nine out of ten of the world’s 570 million farms are managed by families, making the family farm the predominant of agriculture, and consequently a potentially crucial agent of change in achieving sustainable food security and in ...

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Africa Year of Agriculture and Food Security

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Heavy investments needed in on-farm and off-farm infrastructure along agriculture value chain. The African Development Bank Group’s commemoration of the Africa Year of Agriculture and Food Security, on September 29, 2014 in Abidjan held its promises. The meeting comes at a time when the continent is fast becoming an investor destination of choice and agriculture is at the centre of ...

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