Africa has over half of the world's arable land. The continent has huge potential for agricultural production, yet faces the devastating effects of climate change and crop pests. This short documentary looks at what the African Development Bank is doing to boost agriculture through technology.
On a regular day, Parminder Kaur toils in the fields and tends to cattle but now she is making her presence count as one among an army of women who have taken up the cudgels against the Indian government's agricultural reforms. Kaur, 40, is joined by tens of thousands of protesting male farmers who have set up tents and parked their tractor trolleys to block several kilometres of key highways leading into capital New Delhi for over a month.
Agriculture is the largest employer in India, with nearly 50 percent of the country's workforce employed in it in one form or another. But this crucial sector is reeling from a spate of farmer suicides – one of the highest rates in the world. Our correspondents report from Punjab, India's breadbasket and one of the worst affected states, to find out what's behind this tragic phenomenon.
The Central Bank of Nigeria says it aims to curtail inflation to a level conducive for sustainable growth, while its primary objective for monetary policy remains price and financial system stability. This comes just as Nigeria’s President Mohammadu Buhari asked the Central bank of Nigeria to stop issuing foreign exchange for food and fertilizer imports. Joining CNBC Africa to discuss the implications for Nigeria’s agriculture sector is Kola Masha, Managing Director, Baban Gona.
The realities brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic means, Africa has to re-strategize to meet its development needs. As the African Development Bank enters a new chapter with the re-election and swearing-in of Dr Akinwunmi Adesina, Martin Fregene, AfDB’s Director for Agriculture and Agro-Industry joins CNBC Africa to discuss what this means for the bank’s agriculture strategy for Africa.