Kenya smallholder tea farmers earn Sh63.6 billion from tea exports
Global leaders convene to focus on African agriculture
Former and current heads of State from several African countries meet in Abuja, Nigeria to re-examine the potential of African agriculture.
The forum dubbed “Realizing the Potential of African Agriculture: Catalytic Innovations for Growth” is part of the activities lined up to mark Rockefeller Foundation 100 years of global innovation.
Africa needs to accelerate regional economic integration to avoid the risks of agricultural (including food) ‘trade diversion’ and to reap the benefits of full or reciprocal liberalisation under multilateral and preferential trade agreements.
Although these agreements may improve market access and consumer welfare in least developed countries in Africa, they may also weaken these countries’ production sector and divert trade away from other developing countries, including their neighbors in the region.
By George Achia
29 May 2013 | EN
Two new varieties of hybrid maize that are resistant to the deadly parasitic Striga weed have developed by a Kenyan scientist.
The weed affects cereal crops in many parts of Africa and is a major cause of crop failure in East Africa, where climate change has been driving its spread in recent years.
By TF News Reporter
Mandatory labeling of GMO foods adopted by the National Biosafety Authority is likely to affect trade in grains within the East African Community (EAC) as well as increase the cost of food in a country that suffer food deficit.
Trade experts as well scientists supporting the Genetic Modification technology argue that the stringent measures taken by EAC largest economy that also acts as a transit corridor to Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi will have a spillover effect in the region that is already struggling a severe food deficit.
By Ben Kinyanjui
Kenya is among cotton growing countries within the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) that can reap huge benefits from adopting Bt cotton, a new study now reveal.
The study estimating the potential economic benefits of adopting Bt Cotton in selected COMESA countries by Mr Richard Mulwa of the Centre for Advanced Studies in Environmental Law and Policy (CASELAP), University of Nairobi, Mr David Wafula and Ms Margaret Karembu both of ISAAA AfriCenter and Mr Michael Waithaka of ASARECA says smallholder cotton famers stand to gain the most.
By Ben Kinyanjui
Agriculture, retail and transport sectors emerged as the main drivers of economic growth in 2012, reveals the economic survey.
According to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) 2013 Economic Survey the economy grew by 4.6 per cent, a modest improvement from 4.4 per cent recorded in 2011.