By Suné Payne The Voëlvlei dam project has been speeded up to help Cape Town cope with the drought. Archive photo: Ashraf Hendricks Plans to increase water supply to the Voëlvlei Dam, scheduled to come on stream in 2024, have been fast-tracked to 2019 to help with Cape Town’s water crisis. Sputnik...
REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko Ian Scoones, University of Sussex In his inaugural address the new President of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa, confirmed that land reform was both historically necessary and irreversible. He also made a commitment to compensate farmers who were forced off their land during the fast track land reform programme of the...
Northeastern parts of Nigeria, reeling under prolonged conflicts led by the insurgent group Boko Haram, are facing severe gaps in the food supply and acute malnutrition, says USAID in its new report. While some areas saw poor production, other areas were not even able to cultivate. Crops such as maize, cowpea,...
Farmers in at least nine states in India-- Odisha, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Telangana, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan --  are reeling under pest attack in this season. Odisha saw half of its 30 districts being affected by Brown plant hopper (BPH), which has destroyed 180,000 hectares (ha)of rice...
Africa's donkeys are facing a huge crisis, as demand for their skins, used for making traditional medicine and health food, is huge in China, where the number of animals is far inadequate to meet the demand. Communities in Africa, which has donkeys as an important part of their life as...
A Malawi boy sits among drying tobacco leaves in 2014. Jeffrey Drope Ronald Labonte, University of Ottawa; Donald Makoka, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources; Jeffrey Drope, Marquette University, and Raphael Lencucha, McGill University “We have more than 20,000 … small-scale farmers growing tobacco … the industry is critical in reducing...
Negotiations between Ethiopia and Egypt to resolve the dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam are stalling, with the latest development being a visit by Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in Addis Ababa to meet his Ethiopian counterpart Workneh Gebeyehu on December 26. Egypt fears that the multi-billion dam, built...
A new international partnership will promote the use of nuclear techniques towards improved farming practices, healthier animals and increased food security. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Fund for International Development (OFID) has signed a partnership with the International Atomic Energy Agency under which OPEC will give a $600...
An entrepreneur in Nigeria is helping farmers in parts of Africa to prevent the wastage of their agricultural produce, by offering them affordable cold storage facilities. ColdHubs, developed by Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu, 35, are “plug and play” modular, solar-powered walk-in cold rooms that are installed in major in markets and farms....
A village-level survey will be conducted in Telangana to understand more about the agrarian distress that has hit the state. The study by Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC), an apolitical body, to be held between this week and mid-January, will look mainly into the damages caused due to the pink bollworm...

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