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Agriculture

Feb 10, 2016
Zimbabwe has appealed to local businesses and charities for more than $1.5bn aid to save more than a quarter of the population from starvation due to drought. Southern parts of…
Feb 06, 2016
At least 2.5 million rural Zimbabweans are facing food shortages, a situation which has forced President Robert Mugabe to declare a 'state of disaster'. Analysts say land must be redistributed…
Feb 04, 2016
The Zimbabwean government has widened its tax bracket to include Value Added Tax (VAT) on nearly 40 imported basic food commodities as the country’s revenue performance continues to disappoint. With…
Feb 03, 2016
Agriculture deputy minister Paddy Zhanda has urged farmers to destock after 7,000 cattle died in the south of Zimbabwe in the severest drought to hit the nation since 1992. Zimbabwe,…
Jan 30, 2016
Slump of European currencies against the dollar is eroding earnings from horticulture and cut flower farmers in Kenya. A worker arranges roses for export to the European market at the…
Jan 30, 2016
The harshest Saharan desert winds in two decades are damaging cocoa crops in Ivory Coast, the world’s top-producing country. The Harmattan, a dust storm that sweeps over West Africa for…
Jan 23, 2016
Kenya’s long elusive quest to export beef to the lucrative European Union (EU) market has received a huge boost after a new livestock vaccine, which researchers say will be able…
Jan 22, 2016
The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s Development Finance Institution, yesterday announced a $4 million financing commitment to Envirofit International, a social enterprise that innovates smart energy products…
Jan 17, 2016
Farmers have their highest-ever debt with South African banks of more than 125 billion rand ($7.5 billion) at a time when a drought, caused by the lowest rainfall on record,…
Jan 12, 2016
South Africa has until March 15 to fully comply with the US import of poultry as well as other meat. This is the new deadline that has been set for…
Jan 08, 2016
South African buyers of white corn may contract farmers in South America for supplies as the worst drought since 1992 ravages the harvest of the country’s key staple food, according…
Jan 06, 2016
South African fruit, wine and nut farmers are bracing for hardship as the US looks set to rescind their duty-free access to the world’s largest market at a time when…
Jan 05, 2016
As the Kenyan government dilly-dallies on what to do with dwindling coffee returns to farmers, Parliament has received a private member’s Bill that might set the minimum price guarantee for…
Dec 30, 2015
A strong Harmattan wind blowing last week across most of Ivory Coast's main cocoa growing regions raised concern over damage to the crop amid a tightness of supply elsewhere, farmers…

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