AGRICULTURE

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.

Victor Ebong

How Nigeria can use agriculture to mitigate COVID-19 impact — Expert

As the government searches for alternative sources of revenue, experts say the agricultural sector remains a promising area.

Tubers of Yam

Nigerian govt orders quarantine service to resume agric export certification

Agricultural export accounted for a large volume of Nigeria’s non-oil export.

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

Again, world food prices fell in April — FAO

The report says major producing countries suffered logistical bottlenecks and a steep fall in demand.

Tomatoes farm, Kwanar Gafan market in Garun Mallam LGA of Kano State (Photo Credit: Mary Izuaka)

Coronavirus: How Lagos smallholder farmers lost big during lockdown

At the peak of the lockdown, one poultry farmer operated at a loss of N87,400 a day.

President Muhammadu Buhari [Photo: Presidency]

Buhari appoints acting managing director for BOA

Mr Hassan is a seasoned banker with over two decades of experience in the banking industry

Poultry farm used to illustrate the story.

Coronavirus: Nigeria’s poultry farmers cry out as lockdown hits sector hard

Poultry farmers say the lockdown and the decline in the purchasing power of Nigerians eroded sales of poultry products such as eggs and broilers.

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Coronavirus: 43 million West Africans risk food insecurity -Report

The food shortages are coming with COVID-19 restrictions as a new factor adding to people’s vulnerability.

Farmers [Photo Credit: The Guardian Nigeria]

Lockdown: How countries can support smallholder farmers – FAO

The organisation shared its recommendations in a video published on its official Twitter handle Friday.