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Women scientists are needed for agric growth – AWARD

The Director of the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, has said that the continent cannot afford to neglect women scientists in its plan of achieving food sufficiency. She decried the attitude of seeing African Women role in agriculture from the narrow view of women farmers in the villages, forgetting the multitude of women scientists and researchers in agriculture in the continent.

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African leaders target agric business as AGRF opens

Lusaka, Zambia: More than 500 leaders from over 40 countries are expected to attend the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), which opensWednesday in Lusaka, Zambia, just as AGRA will be releasing its annual Africa Agricultural Status Report. Also expected at the AGRF 2015 are high-level government officials, leaders of pan-African development organizations, representatives of youth and women’s organizations, academic experts, investors and agriculture business innovators.

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African youths pivotal to agric business

The large and growing African youth population has been described as an incredible resource which needed to be tapped into to usher in a new era of economic prosperity in the fast growing agriculture and food sector. This assertion was made by Hugh Scott, the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF) Director at KPMG International Development Advisory Services in Lusaka, Zambia Tuesday as officials from an ambitious, innovative partnership that is investing almost a quarter of a billion dollars in small businesses across Africa met with influential industry and government leaders to discuss unlocking financing for a new generation of African agriculture entrepreneurs.

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CBN, IFC push for strong Credit System in Nigeria

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, have said that the current difficulties being faced by Nigeria’s micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in accessing funds to develop their business will be greatly reduced by the strengthened credit reporting system and the launch of a national collateral registry (NCR) for moveable assets before the end of the year.

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Activities of rice importers hindering local production — Perm Sec

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Arc. Sonny Echono, was in Lagos recently for the inauguration of the Nigerian Agric Business Group. He took time out to talk on the vex issue of rice waiver, the Growth Enhancement Scheme and the efforts of the ministry in creating jobs through youth empowerment as well as what they are doing in terms of agric financing.

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