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25,000 farmers seek permission to hang themselves on India’s Independence Day

25,000 farmers seek permission to hang themselves on India’s Independence Day

On the event of India’s 69th Independence Day, a group of 25,000 farmers from India seek permission to hang themselves for lack of compensation for losing their land to a construction project, according to IBTIMES. The farmers from Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, who had their land taken away by the Indian government without consent for […]

Climate Change and Women Farmers in Botswana

Climate Change and Women Farmers in Botswana

These are tough times for agriculture in southeastern Botswana, the most densely inhabited section of this semi-arid, southern African country. Anaemic rainfall in six of the past 10 years has meant poor harvests for the mostly female farmers in the region. While rain-fed agriculture may be less and less viable, government programmes for small and […]

Genetically Modified Cotton a False Promise for Africa

Genetically Modified Cotton a False Promise for Africa

Genetically modified (GM) cotton has been produced globally for almost two decades, yet to date only three African countries have grown GM cotton on a commercial basis – South Africa, Burkina Faso and Sudan. African governments have been sceptical of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for decades and have played a key role historically in ensuring […]

Treat Agriculture As A Business: Muhammadu Buhari

Treat Agriculture As A Business: Muhammadu Buhari

In order to accelerate the development of Nigeria’s agricultural sector and ensure food security, President Muhammadu Buhari has said that agriculture must be treated as a business. The president stated this in Calabar yesterday while declaring open the 55th annual general meeting of Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA). Buhari […]

Botswana Worries Over Unutilised Agricultural Land

Botswana Worries Over Unutilised Agricultural Land

Maun — The Ministry of Agriculture is concerned about the unutilised hectares of land allocated for agricultural purposes. Addressing residents at the sixth letsema ceremony in Maun recently, Minister Patrick Ralotsia said the country continued to produce low agricultural yields due to underutilisation of agricultural land. He said his ministry needed contributions from stakeholders before […]

UK willing to help Zimbabwe regain its breadbasket status

UK willing to help Zimbabwe regain its breadbasket status

Britain’s Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Catriona Laing, has reportedly said her country is willing to help Zimbabwe regain its breadbasket status, as the UK launched a $72m Livelihoods and Food Security Programme in that country. According to Zimbabwe’s daily newspaper, The Herald, the programme, initiated by Britain’s Department of International Development (DFID), would help reduce poverty […]

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