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Since the end of 11 years of civil unrest in 2002, Sierra Leone’s huge mineral deposits have attracted foreign mining companies, one of which is the British-owned London Mining Company that started mining operations in 2006.
But more than one hundred farmers in Marampa mines in Lunsar have been complaining about pollution by the company that is affecting their farm lands.
A new initiative has been launched to improve cocoa production in Africa, with the launch of the Sustainable Trade Initiative, a sustainable agro-industry project of the Dutch government in the Ivory Coast.
The government of Nigeria will soon establish staple crop processing zones in some parts of the country, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, has said.
Adesina made the disclosure Tuesday in Abuja at a meeting with private sector partners in the agriculture value chain convened to garner support for the Federal Government's Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA).
Climate change is a major challenge for agriculture and food security in West Africa, with complex relationships and interactions existing between agriculture and climate change.
The FAO estimates (2011) show that agriculture produces 14% of carbon emissions, the equivalent of 7 billion tons of carbon dioxide each year.
Ivorian authorities have announced a nine percent increase in the price of cocoa, as the country enters the major cocoa trading season.
Cocoa at the farm gate will now sell for 725 francs CFA per kilo for the over 700,000 metric tonnes exported annually.
A new World Bank report says Africa’s farmers can potentially grow enough food to feed the continent and avert future food crises if countries remove cross-border restrictions on food trade within the region.
The continent would also generate an extra US$20 billion in yearly earnings if African leaders can agree to dismantle trade barriers that blunt more regional dynamism.
The Firestone Rubber Plantation Company is the largest and oldest company in Liberia, starting operations in the country in 1926.
Since then, it has gone on to establish itself as one of the world’s leading rubber plantations.
Mali may likely reach its ambitious objective of having 7,500 tons of crops grown during the rainy and dry seasons to boost food security and help reduce poverty in the West African nation.
Currently, some 2,500 hectares of irrigated land is being cultivated in Bewani in the region of Segou, with an investment of about 13 billion CFA Francs.
Despite its huge agricultural potentials, Guinea imports more than 300,000 tons of rice yearly, as the country faces recurring food shortages.
In addition to the imports, the West African nation is recipient of bilateral and multilateral food aid.
Five million women farmers in Nigeria will get mobile phones in 2013 to enable them access information on agriculture and marketing through a new ICT scheme.
President Goodluck Jonathan announced this on Wednesday in his budget speech delivered during a joint session of the National Assembly in Abuja, the Federal capital.