Project Develops First Ever Rice Hybrids for Farmers in Africa

              Rice farm By Abdallah el-Kurebe Rice farmers in Africa are set to dramatically increase their productivity with the new hybrid varieties that are capable of yielding up to 7 tonnes per hectare, courtesy of a public private partnership, Breeding by Design Project. According to a release issued by the head of Communications and Partnerships…

Climate: The Change Is Here

         Effect of Climate Change By Dele Oni The first quarter of the year in Nigeria has always been noted as usually the hottest period with regards to weather variability and default seasonal pattern. This period is characterized with high solar intensity and consequently high temperature build-up, which in a lot of ways, causes a…

Press Release: Agribusiness: Technological Innovation Will Act as Catalyst in Boosting Productivity and Growth in Africa – PwC Report

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, May 31, 2016/ — Agriculture is currently standing on the edge of a second green revolution. This revolution will entail fundamental shifts in how the agricultural sector utilises and implements innovative technology to improve output in a sustainable manner and address the need for greater food security globally. These are some of…

PRESS RELEASE: Coalition of Activists Chart Bidco Abuses on New Platform

BidcoTruth Coalition unites groups to demand accountability for Bidco A Ugandan group of more than 100 farmers lost their land to Bidco KAMPALA, Uganda, May 31, 2016/ — The Bidco Truth Coalition, an online activist organisation, has launchedwww.No2Bidco.org, a platform dedicated to charting the human rights and environmental violations of Bidco Africa, the Kenya-based edible oil producer…

Fraud Puts Inauguration of Elected LG Chairmen on Hold in Sokoto

By Abdallah el-Kurebe Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state has revealed that fraud discovered in the local governments’ salary vouchers had put on hold the inauguration of the elected officials about two months after they were elected. The governor who made the revelation on Monday during a Media Chat held at the Government House on…

Democracy Day: Why We Are Focusing On Agriculture, Gov. Tambuwal

      Tillers Distributed to Farmers By Abdallah el-Kurebe As part of activities to mark Democracy Day, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state on Sunday distributed farm implements and other poverty eradication tools to farmers and women, respectively. While the implement included 1,350 pumping machines, 1,000 tiller machines, the poverty eradication tools were 265 tricycles…

Text of President Buhari’s First Year Anniversary

        President Buhari My compatriots, It is one year today since our administration came into office. It has been a year of triumph, consolidation, pains and achievements. By age, instinct and experience, my preference is to look forward, to prepare for the challenges that lie ahead and rededicate the administration to the task of fixing…

A Camel Ploughing With A Tiller

In most parts of Northern Nigeria, farmers use cows, camels and other animals with tillers for ploughing on their farms. New technology is important for smallholder farmers.

Ending Hunger By 2025: What African Governments Should Do

            Maize farm By Abdallah el-Kurebe In ending poverty in Africa, one overriding theme in declarations is “the need for modernization and optimization of Africa’s agriculture. At the same time, it ensures the productivity of the very ecosystems that underpin agricultural productivity are safeguarded for future generations,” editorial of African Development magazine. Ending poverty in…

IITA-CWMP Train African Researchers on Weed Science

Participants at the training workshop By Abdallah el-Kurebe The Cassava Weed Management Project of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is training African researchers on advances in weed science, drawing from the expertise of US and Nigerian researchers, thereby enlivening the legacies of Charles Darwin and making him proud. Launched in 2014, the Project,…