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BY OKUNOLA AJOKE The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted in a world where food insecurity and hunger present an enormous global challenge. The world’s population is expected to grow to nine billion by 2050 and demand on global food systems intensifies every day. However, transforming our food and agricultural systems to make them sustainable, resilient and inclusive will deliver access to healthy and nutritious foods, help create livelihoods for small-scale producers and processors, and help protect ecosystems and combat climate change. In this context, business has become a critical partner in designing and delivering effective, scale-able and practical
Solomon Adekola A greenhouse is a building with glass sides and a glass roof in which plants that need protection from or are sensitive to weather are grown. In the United States and in most countries of the world, you can successfully start your own greenhouse farm and grow the business into an international venture. Several things occur when you decide not to invest your money on something profitable. Different things happened when you can’t make the right choice of investing your money on something great. Investing your money on a great and profitable business can turn your money to
For several decades Climate change has stood out as an albatross that humanity invariably contends with. Perpetually abetting more droughts, flooding, extreme weather conditions among other ecological and socio-economic problems, climate change is having serious adverse effects on farmers, especially in the peripheral parts of the globe. In Africa Climate change is already producing a surge in the frequency and intensity of droughts that is damaging production of the continents most important crop (maize) while increased flooding in South Asia is endangering rice harvests that sustain millions of lives. Countries like Rwanda, Ghana and Ethiopia are at risk of experiencing
Nigerian banks gave only 4.20 per cent of their total loans to Agriculture in the second quarter (Q2) of this year. Out of N15.1 trillion loans in the second quarter of 2019, N636 billion was given to agriculture. The figures which was disclosed by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in a report on its website titled ‘selected banking sector’ data for Q2 2019. The bureau said the data was supplied administratively by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and was verified and validated by the NBS. There was also no significant difference in loans to the agriculture sector between
Compiled by Adejimi Christiana Adebola  Technology has played a big role in developing the agricultural industry. Today it is possible to grow crops in a desert by use of agricultural biotechnology. Through genetic engineering scientists have managed to introduce traits into existing genes with a goal of making crops resistant to droughts and pests. Modern technology is simply an advancement of old technology. The impact of technology in modern life is immeasurable, we use technology in different ways and sometimes the way we implement various technologies do more damage than good. We use technology on a daily basis to accomplish specific tasks or interests. THE USE OF MODERN TECHNOLOGY IN AGRICULTURE In
Catfish aquaculture is one of the most efficient sources of protein for human diets on. It yields an average of 250 to 400 tonnes per hectare, that’s about 50 times more than rice paddies of the same size. And in terms of water consumption per tonne of produce, the sector does far better than shrimp ponds or freshwater fish tanks, being nearly on-par with rice paddies. All in all, catfish ponds have a low environmental footprint per unit of output. Aside from its low water usage, it also has few impacts on water quality. What’s more, discarded fish parts are converted into
In 2015, the international community set two reframing agendas for the sustainable future of our planet. During the United Nations (UN) Summit on Sustainable Development, countries adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to jointly embark on a resilient and sustainable path that leaves no one behind. With the historic adoption of the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), countries pledged to take important steps in reducing their Greenhouse Gas (GHG)emissions and strengthen countries resilience and ability to adapt to climate change, joining the cause to take common climate actions. Both transformational agendas acknowledge the
Farming nowadays faces challenges with quantity and quality at a grander scale than ever before. Farmers have to keep up with technology to make better produce. This, of course, requires more significant expenses and the implementation of new methods. Today, the adoption of greenhouse in farming is fast becoming popular alongside the traditional open field farming. Growing crops in the open field was prevalent before, if not the only option. But the risk of losing your harvest due to adverse weather conditions makes it more difficult to manage the risk of weaker yields. That’s why farmers found another way of
Digitization in the modern age means that almost every contemporary field or industry is becoming more and more reliant on hardware connected to and, in some cases, controlled by software. These industries are being transformed from the inside out by innovative technology and practices, and even traditionally analogue ways of life are finding it difficult to resist disruption. Agriculture  and agribusiness in the digital age have influenced major innovations and economic development. Agriculture is a prime example of one of these industries, with the experts at Maryville University actually including it as one of ten “on fire” fields for up-and-coming software developers.
Snail farming is a big business in Agriculture; it is capital intensive and highly lucrative. Over 460,000 metric tons of snails is sold globally with an estimated value of eleven billion US dollars, and a liter of slime from Helix aspersa (the compound snail specie) is worth about a hundred euros at the European market or eighty-six pounds Sterling in Great Britain. As a way of facilitating the snail market in Nigeria and Africa and creating wealth and wider economic opportunities for individuals and organizations in the continent who are willing to invest in the snail business, FarmKonnect Agribusiness Nigeria
There are many reasons to invest in agriculture: it is a low-risk investment that keeps pace with inflation and increases in value over the long-term, it is a tangible asset that provides benefit to individuals, the community which also helps diversifying a portfolio. But how exactly does an investment like this make money? Depending on the investment and the type of farm, investors can profit through several different ways. We’ve covered five of the most common ways agriculture generates returns below. An arable land Land Appreciation Farmland is a limited resource in the sense that almost all arable lands in
If you have had a sense of keen touch with nature and had felt the rhythm and the effervescence of the ecological aesthetics, then you could well appreciate why ecotourism and wildlife reserves are fast becoming a big business in the world economy. From South America to Europe and from Australia to Asia and down to Africa, tourists have traversed the world to observe nature and have a feel of its naturality. Tourism, in its broadest sense, has been one of the worlds fastest-growing industries in the past several decades. The industry started waxing in the mid-twentieth century and has
At the beginning of the year 2000, the international community worked to perfect plans and start implementation of an 8-goal agenda. The agenda aim to address the array of development challenges facing the world and especially the poor. At the September 2000 Millennium Summit, 149 heads of states endorsed the Millennium Development Goals (M.D.Gs). Later, at the UN General Assembly, the heads of state of all 189 UN member states adopted the goals. The agenda is relevant for all countries, whether their targets are the Millennium Development Targets, other national and sub-national targets, or some combination of the two. Although
Do you know that there are limitless opportunities that you can take advantage of in the Agricultural Sector? Agriculture has been the mainstay of the world economy, and it will continue to remain relevant as far as human subsistence and ecological survival are concerned. Apart from being the food base of the nation, Agriculture is arguably the best form of generating wealth from nature. It is projected that by 2030, the size of the food and Agric business will reach $ 1 Trillion. Thus, if you are thinking of how to make money, Agriculture is definitely the sector to reckon
You most likely have never thought of seeing a movie that is specifically centered on Agriculture or farming. Apparently, farming isn’t a profession that triggers much interests in the film industry. However, Agriculture has had some nods from Hollywood in the past. Movies that are farm-centric may not be the gigantic and special effects- motivated summer blockbuster like The Avengers, but they’re good entertainment. In this article are some movies that practicing farmers might find interesting and learn from. Here are 11 movies on agriculture you probably would love to watch: 1. Tinker (2018)   A hermit farmer discovers his

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