Kenya's purple shoots of progress

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As a drought wreaks havoc on agricultural output across the country, Kenya is trying to boost production of drought-resistant crops like purple tea.

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Old Mutual to invest in Nigerian real estate, agriculture

Photo©Mike Hutchings/ReutersAnglo-South African financial services firm Old Mutual and Nigeria's sovereign wealth fund on Friday signed agreements to set up two funds to invest in real estate and agriculture in Africa's most populous nation.

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Agriculture: Beetles threaten Ugandan coffee crop

File photo©Moises Castillo/AP/SIPA Shrinking forest cover and climate change threaten Uganda's coffee industry by creating conditions for the destructive black twig borer beetle to spread into plantations, an official said on Wednesday.

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Ethiopia: The end, the means

The Huajian shoe factory in Dukem: the government sees manufacturing as the future. Photo©Petterik Wiggers/PANOS-REAThe state-driven economic model leaves no room for dissenting voices as Ethiopia sticks to its 11.2% growth target, with manufacturing leading the way.

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Employment: Take these broken wings and learn to fly

Photo©MONIRUl BHUIYAN/AFPDon't say it too loud: government can run some businesses well, as long as it is done at arm's length. Ethiopian Airlines posted $148m in profit last year, eclipsing the combined $100m that all other public and private African carriers reported.

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Wildlife and food security as drones keep watch

A hexacopter drone is flown during a drone demonstration at a farm and winery on potential use for board members of the National Corn Growers, Thursday, June 11, 2015 in Cordova, Md, U.S. Photo© Alex Brandon/AP/SIPADrones are being used in Africa today to track poachers, to gather vital agricultural information to help farmers with their crops, and as an intelligence tool to help the military anticipate and prepare against danger.

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Sub-Saharan credit growth rates halve in two years

Photo©ReutersPrivate credit growth across sub-Saharan Africa has more than halved over the past two years and ground to a halt in oil exporting countries following low oil prices and the economic slowdown in China, weighing heavily on regional growth prospects, a report said on Friday.

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Cote d'Ivoire: Investment up by 25 per cent

A general view of the construction site of Ivory Coast's third bridge, the Henri Konan Bedie, named after the country's former president, is seen in Abidjan. Reuters/Thierry GouegnonInvestment in Ivory Coast is up 25 percent in the first half of this year on the same period in 2015, according to the Centre for Investment Promotion, which tracks in-flows into the economy in most sectors other than mining and power.

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India to import pulses from Mozambique through govt channels

Photo©AP/SIPAIndia, the world's biggest consumer of pulses, will help Mozambique in cultivation of pulses and import them through government-to-government deals in the coming years, Telecoms Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Tuesday.

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Zimbabwe's agriculture can be competitive internationally

File photo©John Locher/AP/SIPAZimbabwe' agricultural produce has vast potential not only to compete favourably in European (EU) Union markets, but to reach high levels of international competitiveness, although some conditions have to be met.

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Zimbabwe to import 250,000 tonnes of maize from Mexico

Photo©ReutersDrought-hit Zimbabwean will import more than 250,000 tonnes of maize from Mexico to fill the shortfall caused by the severe drought sweeping through the southern Africa, the agriculture minister said on Thursday.

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We're tired of being in the dark - Akinwumi Adesina, AfDB President

AfDB head, Akinwumi Adesina. Photo©Vincent Fournier for TARAfDB president Adesina wants to use the bank to de-risk investments in electricity and agriculture and so help transform the continent's economies.

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Morocco: Leased farmland attracts $1.4 bn investment in 2015

File photo©John Locher/AP/SIPAPrivate investments in Moroccan state-owned land leased to farmers and investors have reached 14 billion dirhams ($1.4 billion) at the end of 2015, a statement from the agriculture ministry said on Monday.

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Nigeria: Job losses and high prices as 'tomato ebola' spreads to 6 states

Photo©Erica Brough/AP/SIPAThe price of tomatoes at Nigerian markets has increased significantly, and consumers are just unable to keep up.

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My Journey Back to the Future of African Farming - Olusegun Obasanjo

Former President of Nigeria, H.E. President Olusegun Obasanjo. Photo©YOSHIKO KUSANO/AP/SIPAEvery year, thousands of young Africans join an exodus from their families' small, often struggling farms in the countryside. Their dream – sometimes fulfilled, often not – is to find a more rewarding and stimulating life in the continent´s rapidly growing cities. Few return, but even fewer ever completely sever their ties.

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Finance: Morocco cuts 2016 growth forecast, to renegotiate IMF credit line

Moroccan Minister of Economy and Finance Mohamed Boussaid. Photo© Sait Serkan Gurbuz/AP/SIPAMorocco has cut its economic growth forecast for this year to less than 2 percent from 3 percent, after the cereal harvest suffered its worst drought in three decades, the finance minister said on Monday.

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Agriculture: Tanzania to start building $3 bn fertiliser plant this year

Tanzania currently imports most of its fertiliser for crops including coffee, sugar and maize. File photo©ReutersTanzania plans to start work this year on a $3 billion fertiliser plant, which it said on Friday will be Africa's largest, as part of an effort to increase its agricultural production.

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Uganda: Poor grain storage causing cancer

The head of a top agricultural organisation has warned Ugandans that poorly stored grain may expose them to cancer.

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Morocco farm sector sheds 28,000 jobs due to drought

File Photo©Abdeljalil Bounhar/AP/SIPAUnemployment in Morocco stood at 10 percent at the end of March, up from 9.9 percent a year earlier, official data showed on Thursday, after a severe drought hit the agriculture sector that accounts for more than 15 percent of national output.

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Ghana peasant farmers resist new GMOs law

File Photo©ReutersGhana's peasant farmers have reacted angrily to government's moves to introduce a new law promoting the production of genetically modified seeds and animal breeds without adequate consultations.

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