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Commodity prices will still be good next year

‘With the good projected rains this year, do you think I should grow maize?’ This is among questions a lot of farmers that have read both my book and my articles have been asking me. I understand their viewpoint that when the rain season is

Is hybrid rice solution to Africa’s food shortage?

Agriculture is viewed as the key cornerstone that drives Africa’s economies. It is a major contributor to total gross domestic product (GDP) for many countries, according to the Africa Agriculture Status Report 2018. Over half of the African population is employed in the sector and

Africa: Untapped potential for agriculture

Africa boasts significant untapped agricultural potential. While the continent accounts for 60% of the world’s arable land, it only contributes 4% of total output. Cognisant of this, global research and consultancy firm, Oxford Business Group (OBG), is publishing a study, Agriculture in Africa 2019, analysing

Russia Among BRICS in Africa

Professor Vladimir Shubin, the Deputy Director of the Institute for African Studies, told me in an interview that “African leaders also have to pay high attention to and take significant steps in promoting their achievements and highlighting their main developmental needs.” In an acknowledgement, he

Here’s why West Africa is becoming the world’s piracy hotspot

West Africa is turning into the world’s piracy hotspot according to One Earth Future, which produces an annual State of Maritime Piracy report. The newly released 2018 statistics show a decline in the number of incidents of hijacking, kidnapping and robberies in East Africa. West Africa, on the other

Agroecology as Innovation

On July 3, the High-Level Panel of Experts of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) released its much-anticipated report on agroecology in Rome. The report signals the continuing shift in emphasis in the UN agency’s approach to agricultural development. As outgoing FAO Director General

The West Africa inequality crisis

This year marks the fourth year of implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aim to address global challenges such as poverty, inequality, climate change and environmental degradation, and to ensure that no one is left behind. It also marks the mid-point of the