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  • Swaziland assumes Chairmanship of COMESA

    28 July 2010, source: ABN Digital
    URL: http://www.abndigital.com/multimedia/video/featured-interviews/644424.htm

    Swaziland will assume the chairmanship of the 15 member Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa or COMESA at the end of August. We caught up with Swaziland's Minister of Trade, Commerce and Industry, Jabulile Mashwana and asked her about the role Swaziland hopes to play in reforming economic policies within COMESA
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  • New Cassava Varieties Save Zanzibar's Food Security

    25 July 2010, source: nourishingtheplanet
    URL: http://seminal.firedoglake.com/diary/61531

    By: nourishingtheplanet Sunday July 25, 2010 4:00 pm By Catherine Njuguna Millions of cassava farmers in eastern and central Africa are in distress from viral cassava diseases that are sweeping across the region and ravaging their crops. But their counterparts on the popular tourist island of Zanzibar are undergoing a quiet revolution using new disease-resistant and high-yielding varieties that were introduced three years ago...
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  • Agribusiness: Solution to Africa's rural seed demand

    25 July 2010, source: Truth About Trade
    URL: http://www.truthabouttrade.org/news/latest-news/16299-agribusiness-solution-to-africas-rural-seed-demand

    KAMPALA, UGANDA - A network of African agribusinesses wants greater support for the development of private entrepreneurship in rural areas. Participants of the first ever Strategic Planning Workshop on Agrodealer Development in Kampala, Uganda recently, raised the need for more training and capacity building in business management, greater access to finance, and higher quality farm inputs, particularly improved seeds, to meet increased farmer demand in support of an Africa-wide effort to transform small-scale agriculture from subsistence to business...
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  • Improving African agricultural sector is the most promising strategy against food insecurity

    25 July 2010, source: Cocorioko Newspaper
    URL: http://www.cocorioko.net/?p=436

    To effectively fight against food crisis that threatens certain regions of Africa, agriculture is perceived today by the major international institutions and African countries as a vital solution. Agricultural development has become the central concern of the continent in the recent years. The idea is to use agriculture as a tool for the continent’s development...
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  • African Union Summit: Gordon Brown outlines dreams for Africa's growth

    25 July 2010, source: Afrique en ligne
    URL: http://www.afriquejet.com/news/africa-news/african-union-summit:-gordon-brown-outlines-dreams-for-africa's-growth-2010072553388.html

    Gordon Brown outlines dreams for Africa's growth - The Immediate past British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, on Saturday offered a rare praise to African leaders, saying the regular peer review of Africa's leadership was a model for the world."The peer review you have created is something in Africa that is a model in the world," Brown said in a landmark speech greeted by smiles from a dozen African leaders present during the opening session of a NEPAD leaders Summit, which opened ahead of the main African Union Summit on Sunday...
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  • Kenya launches Agricultural strategy

    24 July 2010, source: Capital News
    URL: http://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/Kenyanews/Kenya-launches-Agricultural-strategy-9207.html

    BY SIMON NDONG’A and PPS NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 24 - President Mwai Kibaki officially launched the Kenya Agricultural Sector Development Strategy (ASDS) and witnessed the signing of the Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Programme [CAADP] on Saturday. Following the signing of CAADP, Kenya can now access major funding from the World Bank for Agricultural development in the country...
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  • Why Africa must harness partnerships

    24 July 2010, source: The Citizen
    URL: http://thecitizen.co.tz/sunday-citizen/43-sunday-citizen-opinion-editorial/3203-why-africa-must-harness-partnerships.html

    By Rwakakamba MorrisonThe African Union Private Sector Forum was convened mid this week as a strategic curtain raiser and fodder to the Investors Round Table and the Summit of 53 African Heads of State that is scheduled for today. Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UNCCI) and African Union Commission (AUC) were the joint conveners of the forum, structured in a kind of fireplace dialogue style to allow freer and deeper business interactions...
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  • SA, Brazil mull cooperation on aerospace, agriculture, health and energy

    24 July 2010, source: Engineering News
    URL: http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/south-africa-and-brazil-seek-cooperation-2010-07-23

    By: Keith Campbell Aerospace, agriculture, health, nuclear energy and shipbuilding were all sectors highlighted for cooperation between South Africa and Brazil during the recent visit to this country by Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Few details were, however, released. Addressing a South Africa-Brazil Business Forum, in Sandton, north of Johannesburg, on July 9, South African Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies reported that the two sides “had some fruitful discussions on cooperation in aerospace”...
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  • Pohamba to take over SADC chairmanship

    23 July 2010, source: New Era
    URL: http://www.newera.com.na/article.php?articleid=12142

    Written by Mxolisi Ncube    Wednesday, 21 July 2010 08:11 JOHANNESBURG – Zimbabwe is one of the African countries expected to participate at the second NEPAD Summit - a special business networking service for the continent, which was introduced last year.This year’s summit, dubbed the “NEPAD Transport and Infrastructure Summit 2010 and Africa Expo”, is slated for October 13-15 in Midrand, north of Johannesburg...
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  • Imported cattle threaten African livestock diversity and continent's food supply

    23 July 2010, source: ILRI
    URL: http://ilriclippings.wordpress.com/2010/07/24/imported-cattle-threaten-african-livestock-diversity-and-continents-food-supply/

    Posted by Susan MacMillan under Africa, Animal Breeding, Biodiversity,   ‘Even though locally-adapted, diversified agriculture and farming is a key component of both food security today and in a warmer more climate-stressed future, the Big Ag trend is still towards less crop diversity and more uniformity...
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  • NACOMA addresses biodiversity challenges

    23 July 2010, source: The Namibia Economist
    URL: http://www.economist.com.na/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=21973:nacoma-addresses-biodiversity-challenges&catid=578:general-news&Itemid=60

    Written by Lienette Goosen    Friday, 23 July 2010 10:01 The Namibian Coast Conservation and Management (NACOMA) Project, together with other  stakeholders in the Erongo region, will address the biodiversity challenges in Africa with a Coastal Biodiversity Weekend on 30 and 31 July 2010...
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  • New Organization Links African Agricultural Professionals

    23 July 2010, source: Newswise, Inc
    URL: http://www.newswise.com/articles/new-organization-links-african-agricultural-professionals

    Newswise — A new organization will link African agricultural professionals abroad and in Africa together to strengthen the continent’s agricultural and rural development. The Association of African Agricultural Professionals in the Diaspora, or AAAPD, wants to help transform African smallholder agriculture into an engine of economic growth in the continent...
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  • Banks, Policymakers and Researchers call for Increased Access to Finances for African Farmers

    23 July 2010, source: AllAfrica Global Media
    URL: http://allafrica.com/stories/201007230194.html

    Ouagadougou — “We should all commit ourselves to mobilising the resources that are required in order for us to implement the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP). We need to look very carefully at how we can increase national budgetary and private sector support for our farmers”, said Dr...
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  • Africa Can Grow Biofuel Crops Without Harming Food, Habitats, Study Shows

    23 July 2010, source: BLOOMBERG
    URL: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-07-23/africa-can-grow-biofuel-crops-without-harming-food-habitats-study-shows.html

    Africa can grow biofuel crops on a “significant scale” without damaging food production or natural habitats, researchers said. A study of biofuel production in Senegal, Mali, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia and Mozambique found enough land is available to “significantly” raise cultivation of sugar cane, sorghum and jatropha for energy production without reducing food output, the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa, or FARA, said in a statement today...
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  • Fund to invest in improved seed production

    22 July 2010, source
    URL: http://www.modernghana.com/news/285453/1/fund-to-invest-in-improved-seed-production.html

    By: Daniel Nonorimproved seeds The West Africa Agricultural Investment Fund (WAAIF) and Injaro Investments Limited (Injaro) have announced the First Closing of the first ever West African fund focused on investing in indigenous seed production companies. The initial investors in the fund are -The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and the Lundin for Africa Society, a Vancouver-based foundation...
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