East Africa: Rwandan Farmers Gain From EAX

Kigali — Farmers here will benefit from the recently launched regional commodity exchange market, because it is now possible to trade their produce on a regional platform which can offer higher returns.

“The East African Exchange market serves the East African Community. Rwanda being part of it is very crucial since this will give a chance to farmers to produce quality products compete with other traders on market hence gain more from their trade,” Kadri Alfah, the Chief Operations Officer at EAX said.

“We have started working with different farmers’ cooperatives (about 120.000 farmers) through the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources and these are going to help other farmers bring their produce to our warehouses,” Kadri said.

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Tanzania: Central Banks in Africa Urged to Finance Agriculture

Nairobi — THE conference on revolutionising finance for agriculture value chains held recently in Nairobi has come to an end. Providing finance in agriculture was described as “putting the flesh on the skeleton.”

Speaking during the closing ceremony, Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU Director, Mr Michael Hailu said the resolutions made by participants is a clear indicator that the conference was a huge success.

“The time for pilot and demonstration farms is over, it is time to replicate the success stories that we heard and scale up,” he said. Mr Hailu said apart from the ideas that had overflooded the conference, had a whopping 731 participants hailing from 81 countries, over 50 news articles, 52 blogs covered the event with a readership of over 5,000 people.

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Africa: Money Fails to Flow Into Seed Treaty’s Benefits Fund

A shortfall in funding is threatening the future of an international treaty on sharing benefits from plant genetic resources, known as the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA).

The treaty was established in 2005 to improve access to genetic resources of 64 key crops for food and agriculture, and to equitably share the commercial benefits arising from their use.

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Indigenous vegetables ‘boost food security in Nigeria’

Indigenous vegetables grown by rural farmers in Africa have the potential to improve food security, nutrition and incomes on the continent, researchers in Nigeria say.

In a paper presented on underutilised vegetables project in Nigeria during the Research to Feed Africa Symposium in Naivasha, Kenya, last month (23-27 June), the researchers note that research systems have failed to prioritise indigenous vegetable species despite their immense potential.

The researchers say they selected six underused indigenous vegetables— African nightshade, eggplant, scarlet eggplant, local celery, fluted pumpkin and local amaranth — based on their food values, consumer acceptability, marketing potential and amenability to agronomic practices.

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Liberia: ‘Self-Sufficiency in Poultry Product’

The Minister of Agriculture Dr. Florence Chenoweth yesterday was full of praise as regard the poultry industry in the country particularly with improvement works at the Obasanjo Farms Liberia Incorporated.

The improvement work at the farm is geared towards self-sufficiency in poultry production in the country as being disclosed by the agriculture minister.

Speaking during a visit to the farm Sunday, Minister Chenoweth lauded the managerial team of Obasanjo Farm Liberia Incorporated for the production of fresh eggs on the Liberian market.

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Gambia: Agriculture & Development – Ghana Women Farmer Organisation Visits Gambian Farmers

Ghana women Farmers Network Organization (FONG) recently paid a five-day exchange visit to the National Coordinating Organization for Women Association the Gambia NACOFAG wing women.

The delegation was received by NACOFAG officials at the Banjul International Airport and a meeting was conveyed on Wednesday 16 July 2014, at the NACOFAG office in Brikama.

According to officials of NACOFAG, the visit was undertaken to meet with the NACOFAG women to discuss and share ideas about farming, food processing, trading, vegetable garden, fish processing, and livestock management, particularly processing, smoking, and drying of fish with a view to making key recommendations on the way forward.

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Kenya: EU Release Sh 500 Million to Counties Affected By Poor Rains

The European Union has released Sh 500 million to be distributed to counties experiencing poor rains in a bid to prevent food shortage. The money will be channeled through the National Drought Management Agency.

Head of Development at the EU in Kenya Erik Habers said the funds are expected to be immediately dispersed to 23 arid and semi-arid Counties to reduce the impact of unusually low rainfall on livestock and livelihoods.

Habers said a further Sh 650 million will be provided soon for further drought mitigation activities. Habers in a statement added that the funds are from the Drought Contingency kitty that is aimed at responding to impending drought and is the first of its type in Africa.

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