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Study identifies cocoa cultivation as lead cause of deforestation in Ghana

Cocoa-Ghana

A study has ascertained that, of all the factors driving deforestation in Ghana, agriculture is prime with cocoa cultivation being the leading cause of forest conversion in the high forest zone, while oil palm and rubber are becoming major threats. The study revealed that logging itself does not convert forests, but it opens up the forest for potential encroachment by ...

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AfDB president predicts Dangote will be largest exporter of rice by 2021

Aliko-Dangote

Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), has said that billionaire businessman, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, may become the largest exporter of rice in the world by 2021. Speaking at the Mo Ibrahim Forum in Morocco over the weekend, Adesina said Africa must focus on agriculture to drive growth and create jobs on the continent. “I remember when ...

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Government to demarcate cattle routes nationwide

Fulani-Herdsmen-Nigeria

The Federal Government says that it will demarcate 6,000km cattle routes across the country in 2017. Alhaji Mahmud Bello, the National Coordinator, Grazing Stock Routes, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, said this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria in Mararaba Dajin, Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area of Bauchi State. Bello said: “We are going to provide ...

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Economically sustainable seed businesses to transform cassava production

IITA-Cassava

Nigeria is the largest producer of cassava in the world with a production of about 54 million tons, but its yield per hectare of cassava roots is about eight tons, less than half of the realisable yields of more than 20 tons per hectare Seed sector professionals have said that businesses selling improved varieties and high quality cassava stems for ...

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GMOs: When HOMEF, media debated biosafety, agric biotech

Nnimmo-Biosafety

The task of ensuring that science responds to popular needs of society should be the major challenge that scientists have to overcome. While that task is met regularly, the issue of presenting science in a way that citizens can easily grasp can be daunting. Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), the ecological think tank, hosted media practitioners in Benin City ...

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Federal varsity partners group on food security

FUNAI-MoU

As a means of supporting the call for economic diversification through agriculture in order to ensure food security, generate employment and increase foreign exchange earnings for the nation, the Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo (FUNAI), Ebonyi State on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with an Abuja-based non-governmental organisation (NGO), Food for All Initiative (FFAI), for the ...

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Climate change a risk factor for global food security, says report

Jose Graziano da Silva

Mankind’s future ability to feed itself is in jeopardy due to intensifying pressures on natural resources, mounting inequality, and the fallout from a changing climate, warns a new FAO report. Though very real and significant progress in reducing global hunger has been achieved over the past 30 years, “expanding food production and economic growth have often come at a heavy ...

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Nigeria drafts plan to achieve economic diversity through agricultural investments

Chief Audu Ogbeh

Nigeria aims to be a leading light for continent-wide effort to harness the potential of food production to become a significant source of jobs on and off the farm The Nigerian Government in Abuja on Wednesday, February 22 2017 welcomed senior officials from the African Union Commission and agriculture experts from across the continent for an intensive three-day meeting to ...

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ISSD: Africa urged to restore seed sector to boost productivity

richard-lesiyampe

African governments need to act now and revamp the continent’s seed sector for increased agricultural productivity. Delegates to the Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) Africa Synthesis Conference that ended on Tuesday in Nairobi, Kenya, who made the submission, said that a vibrant seed sector would help Africa improve food and nutrition security. The experts were drawn from academia, government and ...

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Food security concerns as climate change threatens wheat production

Wheat

One of the biggest concerns about climate change is the effect it will have on agriculture. Many studies have suggested that rising temperatures could be harmful to farms around the world, although there’s plenty of uncertainty about how bad things will get and which food supplies we should worry about most. Now, a new study published in a recent edition of Nature Climate ...

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