Africa Agriculture Global 

Give Us Your Farm Throw-Aways; We’ll Give Back Black Gold

Mwea Ngurubani County, Kenya — Whether volunteering at local high schools in her community, educating boys about the importance of speaking out and building self-confidence or taking a summer course at Oklahoma State University in the United States as a 2019 Mandela Washington Fellow – Kenyan social entrepreneur Joyce Kamande is passionate about supporting farmers and young people in rural areas. Her dreams are large; she wants to expand from converting agricultural waste into high-yield organic fertilisers to using it to produce biofuels, eco-furniture and much more. AllAfrica’s Nancy A. Onyango…

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Africa Agriculture Global 

Safi Organics Turns Farm Waste into Black Gold and Poor Farmers into Entrepreneurs

Mwea Ngurubani County, Kenya– Mary Rigo has actually been a spinach and tomato farmer for the past years a couple of minute’s drive from here in Kirinyaga county, where she owns a two-acre farm about one hundred kilometres (simply over 60 miles) northwest of Nairobi, Kenya’s capital. Rigo did not use fertilisers, relying rather on whatever fertility the land might offer to her veggie crops. She has meager resources, so utilizing fertilisers to increase her farm’s performance was not a choice. The years of attempting to grow adequate food without…

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Global North America 

‘Race against time’ to prevent famines during coronavirus crisis

UN calls for international solidarity to ease effects of Covid-19 on food security   Vulnerable parts of the developing world, particularly in Africa, are at risk of sliding into famine as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, while humanitarian relief efforts are being hindered by lockdowns and travel restrictions, according to the UN. Experts raised the spectre of unrest similar to that seen in 2007-08 when food price rises sparked riots around the world, destabilising fragile states and fuelling conflict in ways that are still being felt. They told the…

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Agriculture 

Solutions To Challenges Facing Agriculture In Kenya

The modern world takes food for granted. Historically the struggle to find or produce sufficient food to consume was the focus for living and used up most of our time. 2 billion of the world’s 7.3 billion people still do not get enough to eat. Starvation still stalks Africa. Ethiopia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe (previously the breadbasket of Africa …) still depend on food hand-outs, and countless African still experience malnutrition. By 2050 the World’s population is forecasted to grow to 10 billion and there is an increasing need for more…

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Real Estate 

Land reform in South Africa – is there a right and a wrong?

While South Africans have until the end of February to share their comment on the draft national policy for beneficiary selection and land allocation, Prof Brian Ganson, head of the Africa Centre for Dispute Settlement at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) argues that “the land reform debate largely remains a dialogue of the deaf”. He said that many spend their energy shouting about how they are right and others are wrong. Ganson proposes that conflict resolution and problem-solving skills of perspective-taking and bridging principles – proven in other…

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