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Agriculture

Mar 02, 2016
Uganda expects to export more than three million bags of coffee this year despite the challenge of unpredictable weather pattern, which is the main constraint. It would be the highest…
Feb 26, 2016
The Ugandan seed company Victoria Seeds and Kenyan East African Seed are top performers in a ranking of 17 leading seed companies in the Eastern African region. They are closely…
Feb 22, 2016
Cathy Buckle is struggling to understand how the Zimbabwean government can impose a new 15% VAT duty on imported food at a time the country is facing a severe drought,…
Feb 22, 2016
African governments and donors have spent huge sums of money on seed systems. Simply put, seed systems are networks of organisations, individuals, and rules that produce and distribute seed. African…
Feb 18, 2016
Parts of Ghana are reeling under acute water shortage as taps have stopped running and raw water sources are drying up. A combination of drought and illegal mining activities as…
Feb 17, 2016
The Mozambican government’s Disaster Management Coordinating Council says it has decided to take immediate measures to ensure supplies of food and water for 530,000 people in drought-affected areas of the…
Feb 13, 2016
Ghana could lose as much as 25 percent of its projected cocoa output this season as harsh winds and a lack of rain confound efforts to boost yields in the…
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…

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