The orange is the main citrus fruit produced in Benin. After the banana, it is also the second most produced and marketed product in the country. Oranges are also very popular on the local market because of the many enzymes, vitamins and minerals they contain. They are especially popular among the Muslim population of the country during the month of Ramadan for the breaking of the bread (Iftar).
African governments have made a push for hydroponics among other next generation methods of farming to attracts its youth population to provide labour for its agricultural market. According to a 2021 report by the International Labour Organization, the continent’s labour force has increased markedly in size during the same period, from 302.1 million in 2000 to 489.7 million in 2019 and is projected to reach 518 million by 2021 and governments are bent on making agriculture attractive again.
Netherlands Development Organisation SNV plans to spend €30 million for the implementation of a climate change resilient agribusiness project in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Geoffrey Isote is the Monitoring officer for the project in Central zone. He said that the project, which started in July 2018, up to May 2023 was being implemented in Southern Highlands Zone comprising Iringa, Katavi, Mbeya and Songwe regions and in the Central Zone which consists of Dodoma and Singida regions.
Elephants and lions are iconic species that help raise substantial funds for conservation. However, they also pose significant threats to people, crops, and livestock, and are themselves threatened with extinction. In a new article, scientists have identified the areas that are most at risk for conflicts between humans and elephants and lions in Africa.
Invasive species introduced by human activity are costing African agriculture some $3.66 trillion every year - around 1.5 times the combined gross domestic product of all African countries - new research showed on Thursday. Non-native species of weed, insect or worm can have catastrophic effects on farming, with just a single bug capable of reducing yields of staple crops across the continent.
Smallholder farmers in Africa are subject to many risks, some of them made worse by climate change. Well-targeted weather forecasts and crop insurance can help to limit losses and improve food security. It makes sense to link both services. Droughts, storms and floods are threats to farmers everywhere.
When drought caused devastating crop losses in Malawi in 2015-2016, farmers in the southeastern African nation did not initially fear for the worst: the government had purchased insurance for such a calamity. But millions of farmers remained unpaid for months because the insurer's model failed to detect the extent of the losses, and a subsequent model audit moved slowly.
The locusts invading East Africa last year ravaged crops and pastures and drove the levels of hunger and economic hardship higher in parts of the region. One year later, right at the start of 2021, the United Nations has warned that a second and maybe even deadlier return of locusts has already begun.
Insurers paid farmers Sh1.35 billion insurance compensation for crop failure and purchase of fodder in the last financial year, highlighting the relevance of the cover that mainly targets arid and semi-arid households. Ministry of Agriculture data shows that Sh1.098 billion was paid out to 18,012 households in eight counties as livestock insurance compensation.
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