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African scientists lead the continent’s gene editing research


Research using gene editing technology is being undertaken on the continent largely by African scientists to provide solutions for Africa, according to a panel of scientists and regulatory experts. Their work is drawing upon the efficiency and precision of gene editing to restore staples that African farmers prefer, like banana and sorghum, they said. The goal is to support food security and ...

Aliko Dangote On $2.5 Billion Fertilizer Plant: ‘Massive Orders From The EU’


In March, Aliko Dangote opened A $2.5 billion urea and ammonia fertilizer plant in Nigeria commissioned by the country’s President Muhammadu Buhari. In an interview with FORBES AFRICA, Dangote, the president and CEO of Dangote Group, the continent’s largest cement producer, says the new fertilizer plant, which has already started production, could lead to Nigeria earning about $5 billion in export ...

7th African Conference of Agricultural Economists (7th ACAE) -2023


The Executive Board of the AAAE wishes to announce that the 7th African Conference of Agricultural Economists, initially scheduled for Durban in September 2022, will now take place in the same city (Durban) from 18-21 September 2023. The deadline for submission of papers, invited panels, and symposia will be Tuesday, March 07, 2023.

From Pakistan to Peru, soaring food and fuel prices are tipping countries over the edge

These African States Can't Afford the Current Food Crisis

Experts are watching for signs of political distress in the Middle East that are heavily dependent on food imports from the Black Sea region, and often provide generous subsidies to the public. And Egypt, the world's largest buyer of wheat, is already seeing enormous pressure on its huge subsidy program for bread. The country recently set a fixed price for unsubsidized bread after prices spiked ...

South Africa’s $2 Billion Citrus Industry Sours With Lost Exports to Russia


South Africa is the world’s second-largest citrus exporter and farmers are scrambling to find other markets before the fruit spoils. South Africa normally sends about 10% of its annual two billion dollars in citrus exports to Russia. That’s now on hold because of sanctions imposed after Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine. Following two years of export disruptions caused by the coronavirus ...

What changed when Ugandan farmers rated input quality and local vendor services

What changed when Ugandan farmers rated input quality and local vendor services

Each agricultural season, small-scale maize farmers in southeastern Uganda face the same dilemma. Should they shell out a few extra shillings and buy commercial maize seed from the nearby agro-input shop, or should they just plant seed saved from the previous harvest? The advantages of the first strategy are obvious. The small investment in commercial seed can substantially increase future income ...

A guide to World Food Safety Day 2022


The fourth World Food Safety Day (WFSD) will be celebrated on 7 June 2022 to draw attention and inspire action to help prevent, detect and manage foodborne risks, contributing to food security, human health, economic prosperity, agricultural production, market access, tourism and sustainable development.

This publication is a guide for all those who want to get involved.


Brother Biyi,

So the time has come, so the end has come.

When I decided to write this tribute after your departure, I changed my mind twice. 

First, I thought it would be vital for me to focus on the considerable footprint you have had on the African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE) and the underlying impact on the agricultural economics profession and professionals in our ...