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.
30 countries to benefit from global environment impact fund – FAO
The projects address global environmental crises that impact the productivity and sustainability of agriculture.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Inside AfDB ‘whistleblower’ allegations against Akinwumi Adesina
Mr Adesina denies wrongdoing and the Bank’s ethics committee sides with him.
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.
How to address food security in Nigeria amidst COVID-19
On average, only 3 per cent of smallholder farmers have access to credit.
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.
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.
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”.
Wildlife habitat destruction, deforestation may worsen future pandemics — Scientists
The experts speak on the link between environmental degradation, deforestation and disease outbreaks.
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.