W.African farm ‘bootcamp’ gets green entrepreneurs into shape
22 June 2019 | 6:08 am
Machetes in hand and wearing a straw hat against the sun, the participants of an "agro-bootcamp" in the farmlands of the West African nation of Benin harvest maize, cowpeas and rice.
19 Nov 2019
The closure of borders by President Muhammadu Buhari has encouraged and stimulated the production of local rice production in Borno state.
11 Dec 2019
Farmers under the auspices of Nigeria Farmers Group and Co-operative Society have introduced new machines in the processing of rice to give the product a boost. The farmers say they were motivated by the FG's closure of the country's land borders.
25 Dec 2019
As Nigeria continues to partially close its land borders with Benin and Niger, shoppers in Nigeria continue to lament the high price of rice and other commodities as they celebrate Christmas.
28 Sep 2020
Uncle Ben's rice has rebranded as Ben's Original. The brand announced the name and logo change in an effort to eliminate racist imagery. Following the Black Lives Matter movement, other brands have made similar changes. Meanwhile in France, new restrictive measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 have been met with a backlash. Demonstrations will be held in Marseille on Friday as protesters say "no to a reconfinement of the economy".
2 Nov 2020
Thousands of businesses across the world have been forced to close as the coronavirus crisis bites. However, there have been some winners. The rice processing women of Kontagora in Nigeria say business is thriving.
22 Jan 2021
Federal Polytechnic Ede complains of destruction of rice farmlands
18 Feb 2021
The Rice Processors Association of Nigeria (RPAN) wants the government to empower law enforcement agencies to go to markets and shops to arrest anyone found with foreign rice. This is in a bid to discourage the smuggling of foreign rice into the country.
4 Mar 2021
Analysis: CBN unveils rice pyramid in Kebbi
12 Mar 2021
Kidnapping of rice farmers threaten food security in Nigeria - RIFAN
13 Jun 2021
From biryani to pilau, Pakistan and India's shared culinary landscape is defined by basmati, a distinctive long-grain rice now at the centre of the latest tussle between the bitter rivals over the ownership of the basmati title in the European Union. Pakistan is opposing a move by India to recognise Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) for the rice which could deal a major blow to its position in a vital export market.
21 Jul 2021
These Ghanaian youth are rejecting bags of food sent to them by a politician. In the video that has now gone viral, the angry youth could be heard demanding for jobs and not food items.
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Sudan says troops from neighboring Ethiopia executed seven Sudanese soldiers and one of its civilians, putting the bodies on public show. Relations between the two neighbors have soured over a border dispute.
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Ahead of the annual NATO Summit in Madrid this week, the alliance's chief announced plans to increase the number of its high-readiness forces and bolster its eastern flank.
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Authorities in South Africa are seeking clues after 21 teenagers died in a packed bar. Also, the G7 is to mobilise $600 billion of investment in global infrastructure projects in the next five years, including in Africa, in a bid to counter China's initiatives. Finally, we speak to DJ and curator Mo Laudi about the "Globalisto" exhibition by African artists in the French city of Saint-Etienne.
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A German court has sentenced a 101-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard to five years in prison. The pensioner is the oldest person so far to be charged with being complicit with the war crimes of the Holocaust.