Category: Agriculture

Vaya will extend to tractors and ambulances

Vaya to extend services to include tractors and ambulances

By the time the next planting season starts, farmers will be able to find a tractor within minutes, anywhere in Zimbabwe.  This is part of an ambitious plan by Vaya, a...

Employment creation in agricultural markets and informal business ecosystems

How can developing countries valuate their fluid economies?

A major headache for many developing countries is developing criteria for valuating highly fluid and transitory economic activities that are now more prevalent....

Gender Sensitive Land Policy which seeks to improve the land governance system

FAO, Government of Zimbabwe partner in formulation of gender sensitive land policy

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) in Zimbabwe is working with Government to develop a Gender Sensitive Land Policy which seeks to improve...

Opportunities in agri-business: Exploiting The Strive Masiyiwa Model

The Founder and Executive Chairman of the Econet Group, Strive Masiyiwa, noted via Facebook that his friend, Akinwunmi Adesina, President of the African Development...

Small grains (sorghum and millets), groundnuts and sunflowers, are crops that are better equipped to thrive under adverse weather conditions

ARDA Seeds (Private) Limited Calls for Small Grains Production Support

By Amon Mwashaireni (ARDA Seeds CEO)   The season 2018/2019 is proving to be a drought one in most areas across the country. This has been attributed to the El Nino...

Embracing a holistic approach that identifies knowledge needs and gaps along entire agricultural value chains is needed

The importance of closing knowledge gaps in African agriculture

By Charles Dhewa Efforts to modernise African agriculture continue to focus on the supply-side at the expense of the demand side. In addition to infrastructure-driven...

Farming areas and markets are becoming laboratories for intelligent experimentation

How climate change is inspiring intelligent experimentation at grassroots

By Charles Dhewa During times of socio-economic stability, farmers and entrepreneurs can afford to rely on one commodity or value chain.  Not when climate change is...

Leveraging technology like drones could help farmers boost their incomes by up to 60 per cent

Digitisation is ‘underplayed in the African agricultural transformation agenda’

The potential for new technology to support African smallholders receives insufficient attention, says director of the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural...

Farming influences community development

How can the predatory nature of development efforts be tamed?

By Charles Dhewa Many rural communities in low income countries are fed up with the predatory nature of external development initiatives. According to the WordWeb...

The UK will assist 97,000 people in five rural districts with three to four monthly cash transfers between December and March through a £3.95 million (US$5 million) contribution

DFID contribution to assist 116,000 WFP-supported Zimbabweans during hunger season

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on Thursday 10 January 2019 welcomed a £3.95 million (US$5 million) contribution from the United Kingdom’s Department...