New maize varieties given approval in Kenya

The Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) has approved three new maize varieties that are resistant to the deadly necrosis disease
The Tumaini 1 variety, also known as Type Wei 101, will soon be released to Kenyan farmers and has been deemed suitable to farmers in Bomet, Nakuru and Narok counties as well as areas in the lower eastern part of the East African country.
KEPHIS has bred the new variety in collaboration with the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI),

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A healthy, peaceful and secure Africa is now within our grasp

Judging from the daily outpouring of commentary, opinions and reports, you would think that there were two African continents. One of them is the new land of opportunity, with seven of the world's 10 fastest-growing economies, offering limitless possibilities to investors. There is, however, this other image: a starving and hopeless continent, hungry and poor, corrupt and prey to foreign exploiters.

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Igniting agricultural growth and transformation in Africa

At the African Union (AU) summit in Maputo, Mozambique in 2003, African Heads of State and Government made a resolute and resounding commitment to tackle food insecurity and to accelerate growth of the continent’s food, agriculture and rural sectors.

Through the landmark Maputo Declaration, they adopted the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) as their continent-wide blueprint for agriculture, pledging to allocate at least 10 per cent of national budgets to agriculture,

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Food Producers Look to Africa to Feed Globe’s Growing Population

Producers are looking to Africa to feed a growing global population as land and water constraints curb the scope for raising output in other regions, the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association said.

“The world depends upon Africa becoming a part of the food production system of the world for us be able to feed 9 or 10 billion people that are going to be out there by 2050,”

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