Agriculture machinery firm AGCO renames it’s Zambia Future Farm

ZAMBIA – AGCO Corporation, a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of agricultural machinery and solutions, has renamed it’s Zambia Future Farm as Martin Richenhagen Future Farm in honour of its long-tenured chairman, president and CEO who is set to retire in December 31 this year. “Mr. Richenhagen has staked his legacy on the continent of Africa, from investing in our parts warehouse facilities, opening our headquarters in Johannesburg, launching our Future Farm concept, introducing the Farm in a Box, and creating the AGCO Agribusiness Qualification initiative,” said…

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EU injects US$7.3m in agricultural research project in Malawi to promote sustainable agriculture

MALAWI – Malawi launches a €6.3 million (US$7.3m) project dubbed Development of Smart Innovation through Research in Agriculture (DeSIRA), financed by the European Union (EU) seeking to promote climate-relevant, productive and sustainable transformation of agriculture and food systems in the country. The five-year project also aims to integrate technological options adapted to local conditions, reports Nyasa Times. The DeSIRA initiative is an EU project aiming to support research and innovation projects in Africa, Asia, Latin America and strengthening research capacities and research governance involving key actors at national, regional, continental and global…

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IFAD to bolster Angolan small holder farmers’ projects with US$150m financing

ANGOLA — Angola has inked a US$150m financing agreement with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), aimed to ensure national food security through the Smallholder Resilience Enhancement Project (SREP). The project will promote sustainable practices such as the introduction of drought-tolerant crop varieties, adaptation of cropping calendars and rainwater harvesting. It will invest in small-scale irrigation, increased access to water and climate-resilient farming practices. The agreement was signed by Angola’s permanent representative to the United Nations in Rome (Italy), Fátima Jardim, and IFAD president Gilbert Houngbo. The funding includes a…

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EU promotes agro-ecological transition in Mauritius with Smart Agriculture project

MAURITIUS – Mauritius has kick start the ‘Smart Agriculture Project’ funded by the European Union with Rs 16 million (US$400,000) earmarked for it, to enable the country’s transition to agro-ecological systems that are sustainable and resilient in the face of climate change. The project still in the pilot phase saw the issuance of various agro-ecological faming equipment to farmers in the La Laura region and is poised to be replicated at the national level. The project proposes to accompany a network of producers in a step-wise process of redesigning their cultivations…

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