AGRICULTURE

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IITA recommends ‘efficient’ herbicides for cassava weed control

Cassava is the second most-consumed staple food after maize in sub-Saharan Africa, feeding more than 300 million people.

Food and Agriculture Organisation (FOA). [Photo credit: Opportunity Desk]

30 countries to benefit from global environment impact fund – FAO

The projects address global environmental crises that impact the productivity and sustainability of agriculture.

A farmer displays freshly harvested cocoa bean.

Food Prices Index falls for fourth consecutive month – FAO

While supplies appear strong, demand weakened due to economic contractions triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A forest used to illustrate the story.

Four million hectares of forests lost globally in 2019 – Report

However, forest loss declined for Nigeria and West Africa between 2018 and 2019, the report said.

Infograph showing benefits of pollinators. [CREDIT: Official Twitter handle of Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations]

Bees, other plant pollinators vital to life — FAO

The panelists highlighted the vital contribution of bees and beekeepers in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

A large farmland used to tell the story. [PHOTO CREDIT: Africa Business Classroom]

IFAD to support farmers, rural communities with $40 million

The facility will ensure that farmers in the most vulnerable countries have timely access to inputs, information, markets and liquidity.

Market women used to illustrate the story. [Photo credit: Around the World in 80 Clicks]

Bayelsa residents paid highest prices for rice, garri in April – NBS

Prices of food items differ from state to state with Bayelsa recording the highest prices for rice, garri, fish (tilapia fish and iced sardine), maize and tomatoes.

Farmers [Photo Credit: The Guardian Nigeria]

Agriculture’s contribution to Nigeria’s economy in Q1 ‘highest in two years’ – NBS

The contribution by agriculture is higher than those recorded in the first quarters of 2019 and 2018 respectively.

Farm Produce [Photo credit - Graphic Online]

Coronavirus: FAO seeks $350 million to fight hunger

The FAO said some 820 million people around the world are experiencing chronic hunger – not eating enough caloric energy, to live normal lives.

Cassava used to illustrate the story.

IITA develops cheaper, faster tool for identifying cassava pest -Report

IITA says innovation marks a major milestone in efforts to accurately characterise whiteflies, the vectors of major diseases that have wreaked havoc on Africa’s cassava crop over decades.

FAO locust attack horn of Africa[PHOTO CREDIT: The New Humanitarian]

West Africa at risk of desert locusts’ invasion – FAO

The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization, QU Dongyu, warned that efforts to control desert locusts will take time.

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Continuous shrinkage of forests threatens world’s biodiversity, UN warns

Over 420 million hectares of forest have been lost through conversions to other land uses since 1990.

Green pastures in Navrongo - Albert's father's farmland

Coronavirus: West African farmers count losses, fear for worse – Report

The farmers say the response to the pandemic has affected everybody because all activities have slowed down

Baskets of tomatoes [Photo: Daily Post]

Traders report tomato shortage as pest reappears in Kano

Tuta Absoluta, also known as Tomato Leafminer or Tomato Ebola, was first recorded in Nigeria in 2015 but has reappeared and ravaging farms across Nigeria

Akinwumi Adesina, President, African Development Bank

Inside AfDB ‘whistleblower’ allegations against Akinwumi Adesina

Mr Adesina denies wrongdoing and the Bank’s ethics committee sides with him.

President Muhammadu Buhari [Photo: Presidency]

Produce more, Nigeria has no money to import food, Buhari urges farmers

Even before the coronavirus pandemic, Nigeria has restricted food importation.

Forests provide sustenance for 90% of world’s ‘extremely poor’- Report

The report also said forests provide more than 86 million ‘green jobs’.

FG inaugurates committee to improve agric extension services

The committee will recommend an immediate actionable model of training of 75 ,000 extension workers in 2020.

Uka Eje, CEO of Thrive Agric, a technology-driven agricultural company passionate about ensuring global food security. [PHOTO CREDIT: Thrive Agric official website]

How to address food security in Nigeria amidst COVID-19

On average, only 3 per cent of smallholder farmers have access to credit.

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How we’re assisting Nigeria to avert food crisis — World Food Programme

Some 7.9 million people in Nigeria are in need of humanitarian assistance in 2020, but WFP warns that the coronavirus crisis could double that figure.

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Tomato ‘Ebola’ resurfaces in Kano, ravages farms

Tuta absoluta is one of the most devastating pests affecting tomato crops.

A farmer using the tractor on his farm

FEC approves $1.2 billion loan for agric mechanisation

“You have to understand that this country in terms of agricultural mechanization is at the lowest level,” he said.

Farmers [Photo Credit: The Guardian Nigeria]

Nigeria’s seed council certifies 81,000 metric tons for farming season

The official said the council will be working with others to implement “an array of actions to keep the sector breathing in the midst of the crisis”.

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Wildlife habitat destruction, deforestation may worsen future pandemics — Scientists

The experts speak on the link between environmental degradation, deforestation and disease outbreaks.

Harvesters work on a soybean harvest in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil. (Pixabay)

Coronavirus: Another chance to transform the global food trade

While the full impact of the pandemic on food security is still unknown, it’s likely to take different shapes around the world.