Seven budding Kenyan companies operating in the agricultural sector have received a $5.1 million grant from the United States to expand their business activities while working towards addressing the country’s food insecurity challenges.
AgriSETA chief executive Dr Innocent Sirovha highlights the importance of further training for small-scale farmers in South Africa, and how AgriSETA is creating and promoting opportunities for social, economic and employment growth through accessible and quality education, training and development in the agricultural sector.
Africa is a continent endowed with vast agricultural resources and potential, and the youth population constitutes a significant percentage of its demographic. The combination of these two factors presents a great opportunity for youth entrepreneurs to explore and innovate in the agribusiness industry. Agricultural entrepreneurship is an important sector in Africa that has the potential to drive economic growth, increase food security, and reduce poverty. With a majority of the population being under the age of 30, Africa has a large pool of energetic and innovative young people who can create meaningful impact through agripreneurship.
At the heart of our food security matters is soil health and addressing this will improve our stead in the response to an increasingly warming planet. This is the view of Hoven Meyer, group manager for Nestlé Agriculture Services.
Pomegranate farming in Africa is a subject of both historical significance and contemporary relevance. For centuries, this delectable fruit has been cultivated in Africa, owing to the continent’s favorable climate and soil conditions. Today, pomegranate farming is a growing industry, with several African countries embracing it as a means of boosting their economies and promoting sustainable agriculture. In this article, we will delve into the intricacies of pomegranate farming in Africa, exploring its rich history, current state, and potential benefits for the continent.
Kiwi farming has become increasingly popular in Africa due to the ideal climate conditions and the high demand for the fruit in both local and international markets. The kiwi, also known as the Chinese gooseberry, is native to China and was first introduced to New Zealand in the early 20th century. Today, kiwi is grown in various parts of the world, including Africa.
“There is so much in the implementation pipeline of South Africa’s agriculture policy this year. The past four years have largely seen various initiatives that sought to inject confidence into the sector. These are now ripe for implementation, especially ahead of the 2024 general elections” writes Wandile Sihlobo, chief economist of Agbiz.
The Republic of Côte d’Ivoire has abandoned its import substitution policy and other economic measures, including the budgetary allocation for modernizing local agriculture and support for boosting domestic agricultural production. It, however, boasts around 64.8 per cent of arable and agricultural land, which largely remains uncultivated.
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