Category: Agriculture

A typical African informal market

Reimagining a new socio-economic fabric for African informal economies

By Charles Dhewa Lockdowns as a major method for containing COVID-19 has undoubtedly destroyed social fabrics that sustain most low-income economies. While governments...

PESLawyers petition Parliament for wildlife trade transparency
COVID-19 has affected communities and conservation efforts in Zimbabwe

The effects of COVID-19 pandemic on communities and conservation efforts in Zimbabwe

By Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association Introduction The tourism sector is one of the most affected industries by the COVID-19 pandemic which is an unprecedented...

Workers slice pineapples into small pieces at Tuzamurane Cooperative pineapple factory in Murehe Cell, Kirehe district, eastern Rwanda. The cooperative and factory which employs over 100 people, both directly and indirectly in rural Gahara sector, exports over two tonnes of dried pineapple snacks to Europe, earning just under $30,000 monthly

COVID-19 response must target African agriculture and the rural poor

By Olusegun Obasanjo and Hailemariam Desalegn Boshe Africa has so far escaped the worst health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the continent looks like...

Mbare Musika Agricultural Market

COVID-19 shows symbiotic relationships between formal and informal economies

By Charles Dhewa Among other revelations, COVID-19 has shown the extent to which formal and informal African economies do not work in isolation but are more like Siamese...

United States provides additional US$2.5 million in response to Cyclone Idai
USAID is extending food assistance to Zimbabwe

USAID Announces New Program to Combat Food Insecurity in Zimbabwe

USAID/Zimbabwe announces a new Feed the Future activity, Fostering Agribusiness for Resilient Markets (FARM).  The US$19.8 million, five-year contract with...

Agricultural commodities on sale at Mbare Musika vegetable market in Harare

Reflections on costing of agricultural commodities – thanks to COVID19

By Charles Dhewa In addition to disrupting food supply chains, COVID-19 has presented a pricing headache for smallholder farmers in African countries. If government...

Food distribution in Senegal

Charities distribute aid as part of early response to food insecurity in Senegal

Humanitarian agencies in Senegal are this week distributing aid as part of an early response to food shortage, which has been caused by the late onset of rainfall last...

Food crisis in Zimbabwe. Pic credit: Hassan A Abubakar

Zimbabwe rated as one of the world’s top global food crises in a new United Nations report

Zimbabwe remains in the grip of severe food insecurity, with millions of people already requiring humanitarian assistance due to prolonged drought, climate-related...

Food systems in Africa

How COVID19 has exposed limitations of colonial food systems in Africa

By Charles Dhewa The majority of developing countries are still to tear themselves away from the colonial set up where major food markets were located in cities or towns...

AFSA launches online campaign #Agroecology4Climate

The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) officially launched a social media campaign on Agroecology for Climate Action on April 21, 2020. The campaign will...