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Financing small-scale farmers: Opportunities for the private sector to get involved

Africa requires innovative strategies to meet its agriculture investment needs.

Paying the price: Should South Africa ban the EU’s chicken meat dumping?

We talk to experts about potential adverse effects of protecting South Africa's poultry industry against cheap EU imports.

Why Lagos might choose to buy tomatoes from southern Africa – rather than 90km away

Experts share their thoughts on unlocking Africa's farming potential.

Why our stereotypes of African agriculture are all wrong

Past efforts to promote agribusiness were not successful partly because of the narrow focus on farming.

Overlooked Burkina Faso offers higher returns for investors willing to roll up their sleeves

'Because there is such a low supply of equity capital, you are likely to get better terms when you are making the investment.'

Why are African food companies struggling to compete with foreign products?

The market is growing fast, but continues to be dominated by imports.

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