The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture’s (IITA) Start Them Early Programme (STEP) in Nigeria organised an implementation workshop towards the rapid expansion of the programme in six secondary schools across the six geopolitical zones in Oyo State.
In Tanzania, the East Africa Highland cooking banana, matooke, is a hugely popular food. With the impending release of the first-ever high-yielding hybrids of matooke on the horizon, researchers took the opportunity to exhibit them at this year’s annual agricultural show Nane Nane in the country.
More than five million people in yam growing countries like Nigeria, directly depend on the value chain for their food security and livelihoods, says the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA).
ISIL occupied large swathes of Iraqi territory between 2014 and 2017. It is estimated that the group’s brutal three-year occupation reduced Iraq’s agricultural capacity by 40 per cent.
An agency of the United Nations, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is organising regional and national training workshops to support small-scale mechanisation in the agricultural sector of Africa.
Close to 400 public officials, scholars and farmers from Benue, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Kaduna, Kebbi, Niger and Oyo states as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja have so far benefitted from the training of the Nigeria Strategy Support Programme of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI-NSSP).
With Africa said to be facing her worse food crisis since 1945, the Director-General of a United Nations agency, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Qu Dongyu, has charged the continent’s leaders at an event in Japan, to tap into the Asian tiger’s high food safety, nutrition standards, and culture of healthy foods and diets in their fight to end hunger and improve nutrition.
As part of its capacity strengthening activities in Nigeria under the Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has further supported Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) in its move to coordinate the development of an extension policy for the country.
Zenith Bank has expressed dissatisfaction over farmers’ attitude toward repayment of loans obtained through the Anchor Borrower Scheme.
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has called on the countries of the European Union to partner with the State Government in the development of the commercial agricultural sector for the purpose of job creation.