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Cold Chain Summit

Cold chain logistics include all of the means used to ensure a constant temperature for a product that is not heat stable, from the time it is manufactured, until the time it is used. This is a science, a technology and process.
As Africa’s infrastructure has challenged the movement of most goods amongst countries, the need for a better storage and monitoring, especially temperature sensitive products, is very vital.
The Cold Chain Summit in Eswatini recently, was an inaugural summit of its kind, where producers of temperature sensitive products were meeting prospective investors and customers, in a bid to promote value chains in that agricultural sector.

Mitigating Food Crisis in Africa

Purses are super foods and have mitigated the food insecurity in the continent. Pulses are the dried edible seeds of certain plants in the legume family that are believed to mitigate the effects of climate change on food production.
According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), there are 11 types of pulses recognised by the organisation, and grown worldwide. These super foods are very high in protein and fibre, and are low in fat. Pulses are also nitrogen-fixing crops that improve the environmental sustainability of annual cropping systems. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours and can be consumed in many forms including whole or split, ground in to flours or separated into fractions such as protein, fibre and starch.

The Inaugural Cold Chain Summit- Eswatini.

The post harvest losses in the fresh fruit and vegetable industry in the SADC region is a one of the concerns that needs addressing. A three- day inaugural Cold Chain Summit to address such concerns takes place in Manzini, Eswatini.
Channel Africa talks to Sphephiso Dlamini, CEO of NAMBOARD- the conveners of the Summit, and other participants.

Africans Must Revert to Indigenous and Traditional Foods – FAO/ AUDA- NEPAD

FAO and AUDA-NEPAD are pushing the agenda of promoting indigenous food systems in urban areas in the continent.
Malnutrition which continues to hamper development efforts across the continent, contributes to a significant number of deaths of children under the age of five years. However, of emerging concern is the increase in levels of overweight and obesity in the continent, especially in urban areas according to FAO. With an estimated 23.2 percent of the sub-Saharan African population is in a dire situation and may have suffered from chronic food deprivation in 2017 as nearly one in five people living in Africa is hungry.

Talking Forestry II

An organization which was started to advocate for increased relevance of forests and tree resources in Africa, through the strengthening of the capacity of African delegation in regional and international negotiations, recently, celebrated its tenth anniversary since its inception.

Against the background of forests, especially in Africa, being looked at more for personal benefits than national or global benefits, what is the future of a forester and the economy derived from the forestry sector?

Talking Forestry 1

Organisations such as the African Forestry Forum (AFF) are committed to advancing the sustainable management, use and conservation of the forest and tree resources of Africa. For a long time, forests, particularly in Africa, have been looked at more for personal benefits than national or global benefits.

Gabon in West Africa has used community forests to preserve the cultural heritage of its people. These are forests which have been looked after by local communities, though government play supervisory role. A visit to one of the forests, Channel Africa discovers the role of forests and agriculture.


The countries that have adopted the CAADP values and principles, and are implementing their NAIPS in a manner that is consistent, have scored better than the rest, on the inaugural CAADP Biennial Review Report.

According to the 14th CAADP PP reports, the same constituencies (eg Member States of AU) adopted both the SDGs and the Malabo Declaration commitments. The Report outcomes have generated an appreciation, that country data systems and statistics are keys to providing direction in identifying areas requiring attention to monitor progress towards the achievements of the goals and targets, and in motivating timely action.

How has your country scored on this first BR report?

Corn Maize

Maize (Zea mays) is today the most widely grown grain crop, with global production standing at just over one billion tons. Maize is a warm-weather crop; it is unsuitable for areas with a mean daily temperature of below 19°C, or where the mean summer temperature falls below 23°C.

In Africa where the temperature is mostly tropic and although the minimum temperature for germination of maize is 10°C, there is need for maize research to be intensive in as far as the growing of maize is concerned, in order to maximize its production.

Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP)

The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) is a good example of a framework that has inspired and energised African agricultural research institutions, farmers’ associations, African governments and the private sector to believe that agriculture has a pivotal role in development.

2020 will realize the second commitment to CAADP reporting, through the launch of the 2nd Biennial Report by countries within the African Union family. Many countries did not fare well in the first Biennial Report in 2018, and are looking forward to a better report in 2020.


Diversity is a particularly important attribute to broad genetic variability, which could enhance food production in Africa. While climate change puts global food security at risk, introducing pulses into crop production can be key to increasing resilience to climate change. But what are pulse?

Dean Miller of AGT Africa, one of the largest pulse processing companies speaks about how pulses can fix atmospheric nitrogen and other minerals in the soils to adapt to climate change and contribute towards mitigating its effects.

Climate Smart Agriculture

Rolf Shenton is from Grassroots Trust in Zambia. His organization was established to mitigate the effects of climate change on food production in the continent. With the uncertainties surrounding rainfall in the continent specifically, the Region, rain-fed agriculture is negatively affected.
What are the best practices to manage water in your country?

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