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In pictures: Nigeria’s frog kebabs

Smoked frogs are a delicacy for some, but not all, Nigerians: Philip Paul is a frog seller – and he and his wife and daughter love to eat them. The family hails from central Benue state but live in the north-east, where people are not so keen on them. The 25-year-old says the frogs are so easy to catch that he grabs them with his bare hands. At night he puts a bit of bait on rope and when the frogs jump he just reaches for them. He then skewers…

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Africa Food and Agriculture 

Agroecology, not agribusiness, the solution to Africa’s food issues

Despite international trade rules being rigged in favour of industrial agriculture, small scale farmers are the key to addressing food issues across African countries, according to a report being released on Wednesday. Small scale farmers produce over 70% of the food consumed in Africa, on less than 15% of the agricultural land. But donors, development agencies and multilateral financial initiatives, like the DfID-backed ‘New Alliance for Food Security’ continue to push a one-size-fits-all industrial model of agriculture that threatens the livelihoods of small farmers. The report From the Roots Up :…

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Africa Food and Agriculture 

THE NEW TREND: CAPE TOWN’S URBAN GARDENS

Cape Town is being overrun by farms. They’re spilling out of parking lots, overtaking lawns, even growing out of old TV sets. “You don’t need something fancy to grow in. We have some people grow in toilets and make worm farms in old baths,” says Louise Vaughan, the field area manager at Soil For Life, a non-profit that teaches gardening and nutrition to Capetonians. The city is in the grips of a vegolution, and it’s thanks to the efforts of local food activists, hoping to use these urban farms as…

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Business Food and Agriculture General 

COFEE: ETHIOPIA’S SPECIALITY SECTOR BLOSSOMS

Sorting the beans by hand ensures the quality prized by speciality consumers. Photo©Per-Anders Pettersson/CorbisThe coffee sector is beginning to resemble the wine market, with buyers willing to pay a premium for crops that reflect local climates and harvesting techniques. Stumptown Coffee Roasters from Portland, Oregon is one of a growing number of speciality coffee traders beating a path to Ethiopia in search of the world’s best beans. “The flavours that you find in the cup are flavours that you can’t find anywhere else in the world… Combinations of floral and…

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Africa Business Economy Food and Agriculture 

DEMAND FOR A SINGLE FRUIT COULD FIX AFRICA’S ECONOMY

The fruit of the shea tree has long been considered sacred by many in Western Africa because of its myriad health benefits. But now growing demand among Western consumers for the fruit, known as “women’s gold” by those who harvest it, is helping improve lives in some of the world’s poorest communities. Sweet-lovers around the globe already consume the nut as shea butter, which is used to make chocolate, as well as in products like margarine and as a cooking oil. Western companies such as L’Oreal, The Body Shop and…

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ERITREA: THE ENDURING ART OF MAKING INJERA

It was with great sadness that I leftmy home town of Senafe, Eritrea inEast Africa, at the tender age ofsixteen.  As I began the journey onthe windy mountain road to thecapital city of Asmara that led to theport City of Massawa and a long boatride to New York City, I gazed back atthe beautiful mountainous valley thatcradled the village of Senafe.  It was avillage that I might never see again.  Iwanted to tuck into my being everymemory, every sight and smell, allthe relationships I was leavingbehind.  I wanted to preserve…

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UK finance group invests $18.1m in agribusiness in the DRC

CDC, the UK’s development finance institution, has announced a US$18.1m investment into Feronia, an agricultural production and processing business focused on palm oil plantations and arable farming in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The investment, which enabled a total capital raise of $28.6m, will support the ongoing rehabilitation of an existing 102-year- old plantation business that provides over 3,500 direct jobs. When the plantations were acquired by Feronia in 2009, they were in a state of distress due to severe under-investment during the civil conflict in the DRC ….

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AfDB Approves US$ 96 Million ADF Loan and Grant for Thwake Multi-Purpose Water Development Progrwm – Phase 1

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) approved on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 in Tunis, a US$ 94.37 million (UA 61.68 million) ADF loan and US$ 1.85 million (UA 1.21 million) ADF grant to the Government of Kenya to finance phase one of the Thwake Multi-purpose Water Development Program (TMWDP).   The objective of the project is to increase water storage for rural and urban human consumption, for irrigation and livestock and for hydropower, with a principal focus on the semi-arid counties of Kitui and Makueni,…

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Africa Economy Food and Agriculture 

US$152.50 MILLION FINANCING FOR AGRICULTURAL TRANSFORMATION AGENDA SUPPORT PROGRAM IN NIGERIA

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank has approved an ADF loan of US$ 152.12 million (UA98.78 million) and an ADF grant of US$ 0.38 million (UA0.25 million) to finance Nigeria’s Agricultural Transformation Agenda Support Program Phase 1 (ATASP-1).   The overall goal of the Program is to transform agriculture into a profitable business.   ATASP-1 seeks to promote employment generation and shared wealth creation along the commodity value chains, as well as food and nutrition security. Its specific objective is to sustainably increase the income of smallholder…

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organic farming Africa Economy Food and Agriculture 

ORGANIC FARMING IS ECO-FRIENDLY, BOOSTS FARM YIELDS

One of the stands that debuted at the just concluded 8th Abuja international trade fair was White Rhino Integrated Farms which was adjudged the best exhibitor in agricultural products and processing by the Abuja Chamber of Commerce, Industry Mines and Agriculture (ABUCCIMA). Rhino farms which was established four years ago, was essentially at the Abuja fair to promote organic food and by extension organic agriculture, a trend that is fast catching up with developing societies like ours. The farms is an indigenous integrated network initiated by Nasir Ja’afar Dauda who…

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