ZAMBIA - Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAf) says there is need to increase mobile network access in rural areas for information communication technologies (ICTs) to contribute to the growth of the agriculture sector.
KENYA - Farmers affected by climate change are set to benefit from a new initiative by the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (Icipe) that promises to stabilise production and increase yields nearly three fold.
GHANA - A new regional laboratory in Ghana is seeking to develop the vegetable industry through research, development and innovation to improve food and nutritional security in West Africa.
ZAMBIA - A new research project is about to be launched in Zambia by the World Agroforestry Centre (WAC) whose aim is to boost food security by engaging smallholder farmers with markets.
RWANDA - Government will soon establish a new agriculture institute to train personnel that will modernise the sector and make it more productive.
KENYA - The Vice President Dr Mohamed Gharib Bilal has urged Africa’s seed breeders to develop varieties that were tolerant to rainfall patterns and resistant to drought.
ETHIOPIA - The Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) noted that, from 2014 to date, it has released 60 crop varieties, 30 per cent of which withstand moisture and stressful warm environment.
UGANDA - The first ever agribusiness banana value chain incubator in Africa has been opened in Uganda at Biharwe in Mbarara Municipality.
RWANDA - Government and Howard G. Buffett Foundation have signed a $24 million (about Rwf18 billion) partnership deal to fund the development of irrigation infrastructure in Kirehe District, Eastern Province.
KENYA - Thika-based Jungle Nuts Company has introduced a mobile application called M-Shamba, which seeks to ease and speed up transactions between processors and farmers.
TANZANIA – The European Union has commended the Tea Research Institute of Tanzania (TRIT) after their first release of improved tea variety last year after 100 years, saying it is certainly the testimony of the success and commitment of this institution.
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