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first_imgNew York-based Lacrosse coach in the IslandCoach Neil Davis from New York, USA, is expected to land in the Island this weekend on a month-long visit. While in Jamaica he will run lacrosse clinics and oversee the North Street Cup competition. Male students from Wolmer’s Boys’, St George’s College, Holy Trinity High and Kingston College should are slated to benefit and the practise schedules and fixtures are to be finalised.Lacrosse has being gaining momentum in high schools in Jamaica in recent times, especially with a league being contested by some of Jamaica’s top high schools. It is a contact team sport played between two teams using a small rubber ball. The objective is to get the ball up to your opponents’ goal, while using a meshed lacrosse stick to carry and shoot the ball past a goalie.The Jamaica Lacrosse Association believes the sport captures the spirit of the Jamaican people. The game is fast, high tempo, fun, constantly flowing and celebrates creativity and is dubbed in international quarters as “the fastest game on two feet”.PFM Development upsetdefending champsPower of Faith Ministries (PFM) Development team upset their brother team and defending champion, Power of Faith International, by six wickets in the opening game of a double-header in the PFM Twenty20 Church Cricket League at Bridgeport Sports Ground last Saturday.PFM International batted first and were bowled out for 82 in 13 overs, as Leon Edwards top-scored with 23 runs. PFM Development’s Fidel McGregor took 3-20 from four overs and Demar Johnson 2-34 from four overs. In reply, PFM raced to victory in 15 overs. Demar Johnson (27) and Aaron Graham (16) made most runs, while Junior Stewart and Aston Canegon got a wicket apiece for PFM International.In the second game between Portmore Gospel Assembly (PGA) and Faith Temple New Testament, Faith Temple won by eight wickets. The PGA, which won the toss and took first strike, amassed 116 all out in 20 overs, with Damion Bryce hitting a top score of 68. Simon Clarke, 3-17 from three overs and Bryan Brown, 2-2 from one over, took most wickets for Faith Temple. Faith Temple successfully chased down the total for the loss of only two wickets. Roshane Baugh (60) set up the win for Faith Temple and Bancroft White chipped in with 20 not out.The league continues today with two games. At 10 a.m., PFM Development versus PGA and at 2 p.m., it’s PFM International vs Faith Temple.INSPORTS Community Football League final postponedThe final of the Portmore leg of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Community Football League between Greater Portmore Strikers and Christian Gardens has being postponed and a new date will be announced shortly.Greater Portmore should have played Christian Gardens last Sunday at the Dunbeholden playing field. However, the final was postponed, for reasons ‘beyond the control’ of the organisers.The finalists booked their spots after narrow semi-final victories recently at the Cedar Grove community playing field. Christian Gardens booted Dunbeholden 5-4 on penalties, after playing to 1-1 stalemate through regulation and extra-time. Jevonne Munroe (64th) scored for Christian Gardens and Ricardo Boothe (21st) netted for Dunbeholden in relegation time. Greater Portmore Strikers edged East West Strikers 6-5 on penalties, after both teams were locked 1-1 after full and extra-time. Mario Wilson (49th) equalised for Greater Portmore, after Jevoh Robert (30th) had given East West Strikers the initial lead.Right Stuff, Eradication do battleRight Stuff will want to keep pace with leaders Spit Fyah, when they play host to Eradication in the Jamaica Domino Federation City of Kingston Credit Union-sponsored Portmore Domino League match tomorrow at Cedar Grove, beginning at 11 a.m.In others games, Spit Fyah play away to Exceptional International, Masterpiece are at home to Correctional Services, Chedwin Strikers battle Memory Lane, Felluchie Strikers welcome Spring Village, Unity Strikers oppose Passagefort United, Waterhouse United based in Passagefort entertain Ken’s Wildflower, Garveymeade await Fort International at their home ground, Garveymeade Sports Club and Soursop Tree host Highlight Strikers.Ricam cap first Manchester Major League titleRicam became the newest addition to the roster of teams which have won the Manchester Major League, when they defeated three-time champions Downs 3-0 in the final earlier this week.In addition to prize money and the Magnum/Captain’s Bakery Trophy, Ricam will get the chance to participate in the upcoming JB Rum South Central Confed Super League playoffs.This competition caters for the four parish champions from St Catherine, Clarendon, Manchester and St Elizabeth, as well as the respective runners-up.This means beaten Manchester finalists, Downs, will have further incentive to reboot their season.Having come through a tough semi-final in which they needed penalty kicks to defeat Mile Gully, Ricam were assertive early and won the first-half honours when their national youth player, Maxwell Robinson, scored in the 12th minute for a 1-0 lead.Robinson increased Ricam’s lead to 2-0 when he scored again in the 70th minute. Romario Rochester’s goal in time added on sealed the title.Jamalco are Clarendoncenter_img championsThe Jamalco football team successfully defended their hold on the Clarendon FA/Captain’s Bakery Major League, when they defeated New Bowens FC in a penalty shoot-out at the Effortville Community Centre. It was the third straight year they were winning the Clarendon title. In fact, last year they took the double by winning the knockout title.In the previous week, Jamalco had defeated Kemps Hill FC 3-1 in the semi-final, while New Bowens created the upset of the competition when they defeated former Red Stripe Premier League campaigners Sporting Central Academy 1-0 in extra time.The final between Jamalco and New Bowens marked the third time the two were meeting for the season. They were in the same preliminary group and on two occasions, Jamalco won. However this time was different as at the end of regulation and extra-time the score was 0-0.It took the dreaded penalty shoot-out to decide the winner, thanks mainly to their goalkeeper, Sheldon “Budgie” Mills, who produced three brilliant saves to earn Jamalco victory.Starz Academy, Technical Strikers in Division One finalMany-time football champions of Manchester, Los Perfectos, lost in their bid to gain qualification to the Major League competition after they were beaten 2-1 by Technical Strikers in the semi-finals of the Jamalco-sponsored Division One competition. All three goals were scored in the second half.Rashawn Walcott scored the first of Technical Strikers’ goals in the 46th minute, Renardo Barrett then made it 2-0 in the 53rd, while Jason Givans’ 82nd minute strike proved to be only a consolidation for Los Perfectos.Despite the loss, fans have generally viewed as positive Los P’s re-engagement with Manchester football, this year after a 15-year absence.Starz Academy joined Technical Strikers in the final following a penalty shoot-out win over Star Zone, after the two had battled to a 1-1 draw. Interestingly, both finalists lead the preliminary round standings.last_img read more

CDC Promises Health Workers Safety in Ebola Fight

first_imgThe Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has promised to provide more training and other support to help ensure that health workers are kept safe in the process saving lives of people infected by the deadly Ebola virus.Giving the assurance yesterday at the regular Ebola Hour press briefing at the Ministry of Information, Culture Affairs and Tourism in Monrovia, the Medical Officer of the CDC, Neil Gupta, MD, explained that, the CDC was doing everything necessary to ensure that health workers are safe and are provided training.He said CDC is working with health practitioners and reaching out to the various ETUs to make sure that they identify all the problems and provide regular coaching to help health workers avoid contracting the virus.“If they are working in a health facility, we know that training is important but they need more than that.  They also need access to all the necessary support,” Mr. Gupta explained.The CDC Medical Officer further disclosed that CDC has been involved in providing training for over 1000 health workers around the country. It is important for the health workers to be fully protected in the process of saving lives, since they are the people we need to fight Ebola, said Mr. Gupta.“We also provide training materials and train Liberians who will master the materials and move out there to train other people. With this, we can have people trained all around the country in the fight against the disease,” he said.Dr. Moses Massaquoi, National Case Management Chairman for Ebola Response, explained that group has been involved in training health staff working in the various ETUs in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), as one of their strategies in the fight against the virus.The objective of case management is to provide quality care and supportive treatment for all patients entering the various ETU.He said his entity has improved the training program at the various Ebola treatment centers by training in three faces, including core training with the aim of knowing the disease and how it is transmitted and what one needs to do to be protected.“We also take you through the hot training that has to do with real life training that involves interacting with Ebola patients. We take you through the competency on how to manage it and provide certificates internationally accredited by WHO,” Dr. Massaquoi explained.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Alberta Soccer Association to run camp in Fort St. John

first_imgThe Fort St. John Soccer Club will be hosting a grassroots soccer camp from August 17-21. The event will be run by the Alberta Soccer Association, and registration closes August 1.The camp will be broken up into two groups based on age. Those 4-8 will take part in half days that will run from 10 a.m. until 12 noon for $100, and those 8-14 will have their camp run from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for $175.Those wanting to register can do so by clicking here.- Advertisement –last_img

September 27th Community Events Pictures

first_imgChris Johnson gives the opening presentation at the Coaching Conference, which was held at the North Peace Cultural Center.                                                                         Picture: Amber DavyExecutive Director of the Coaches Association of BC Gordon May (left) presents Rod Locke, from Spectra Energy (right), with an award for being a major sponsor of the Coaching Conference.                                                                                              Picture: Amber DavyThe 2nd Annual Reichswald Unit “Frozen Stones Ride” took place down in Taylor. All the proceeds went to support the “Classroom in a Box” project for Afghanistan.              Picture: Amber Davy- Advertisement –Kids and adults from Fort St. John take advantage of the beautiful weather by spending time down at Centennial Park.                                                                                  Picture: Amber Davylast_img read more

United’s Bailly to miss Africa Cup of Nations

first_imgThe 25-year-old was making his first Premier League start since February 3 but now he will be sidelined for the Africa Cup of Nations, which starts on June 21 in Egypt.Ivory Coast were drawn in a group featuring Morocco, South Africa and Namibia.“We can confirm that Manchester United defender Eric Bailly suffered a medial ligament injury on his right knee during Sunday’s Premier League match against Chelsea at Old Trafford,” a United statement read.“The problem means that the Ivory Coast international will not play for the Reds again this season, missing the remaining top-flight matches against Huddersfield Town and Cardiff City.“Furthermore, Bailly is also now unable to play in the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations tournament.”Bailly has made 18 appearances for his club this season and his absence is another blow for United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Phil Jones and Chris Smalling both missed the Chelsea match due to fitness concerns, meaning Victor Lindelof and Marcos Rojo could be United’s only fit central defenders for this weekend’s trip to Huddersfield.Solskjaer’s side are three points adrift of the Premier League’s top four with just two games left as they battle to qualify for the Champions League.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United’s Eric Bailly will miss the rest of the season © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 29 – Manchester United’s Eric Bailly will miss the rest of the Premier League season and the Africa Cup of Nations after the Ivory Coast defender suffered a knee injury against Chelsea, the Red Devils announced on Monday.Bailly sustained medial ligament damage in a collision with Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic in the second half of Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.last_img read more

DD FAMILY: SCHOOLS OUT – THIS COULD BE THE TIME FOR TEEN TALK!

first_imgSchools out for summer and it may be the perfect time for “the talk”.No matter how close you are to your kids, there are always going to be conversations that are difficult to have with them.One of the hardest, of course, is talking to teens about puberty, both because it’s a sensitive, very personal subject, and because teenagers are very easily embarrassed. New research suggests 68% of parents are unsure about how to even start the puberty conversation, and a quarter avoid the talk completely, leading to more than half of teenagers (53%) obtaining information and advice from friends and the internet, and 6% even preferring text or WhatsApp to get their information.Yet it’s clear parents want to help their teens – 76% of mums and dads say they’d like their teenager to see them as the first port of call for help and advice, and 49% of teens said they were happiest speaking to their mum about such personal issues.But although it’s teens who need advice, it may be parents themselves who need the initial help to show how best to initiate and then have a successful chat about puberty.So TV presenter and mother-of-two Nadia Sawalha has teamed up with Boots to help launch a guide, #TeenTalk, to help make the process easier. Nadia, whose daughter Maddie is 13, says: “As a mum, I understand all too well the challenges of communicating with teens. They suddenly go from wanting to tell mum everything, to one-word answers, and you can’t solve things with a quick cuddle or a sweet treat.“First shaves, first periods and new personal hygiene and skincare regimes are all unfamiliar experiences for teens and can be difficult topics for parents to approach.”She points out that this is the first generation of mums going through the puberty conversation with a child so connected to social media, and says: “It’s difficult. Just like our teens, we’re figuring it all out as we go.”Campaign expert and ‘teenologist’ Sarah Newton says: “The teen talk can be awkward because parents and children probably haven’t had a conversation that’s this important yet, and we put lots and lots of pressure on ourselves to get it right.”The #TeenTalk research found that only a third of teens are comfortable talking about personal care (body odour and skin), just a quarter are comfortable talking about bodily changes during puberty. Only 18% find it easy to talk about menstruation. Yet a third of teens don’t feel very confident about having a chat with their mum about puberty either.Nadia’s daughter Maddie says: “I know that talking to mum might not always seem like the easiest thing to do, especially about topics like puberty. Sometimes you don’t feel like talking and sometimes you have lots of questions, but might feel a bit embarrassed.“But remember, they’ve been through it too and they know everything you’re experiencing is completely natural, so just keep talking.”Sarah stresses there’s no right or wrong way to prepare a teenager for puberty, although 40% of parents think the best way to start the conversation is to have a one-on-one chat with their teen, and the majority said their best advice for the chat is to “be honest and open”. Sarah agrees: “It’s about giving them the facts. Being honest, but not overwhelming them with information. They’ll come back and ask more questions when they’re ready.”She points out that the teen talk shouldn’t just be a one-off conversation, and stresses: “It should be an ongoing conversation about empowerment and choice – what better conversation is there to have?”Boots has produced a free #TeenTalk guide, which contains advice from Sarah Newton, Nadia Sawalha and her daughter Maddie. The guide is available from www.boots.com/teentalkTalking to your teenagers about puberty*While on the surface it is about puberty, it is really about helping your child respect and accept their changing body and love themselves more. It is a conversation about empowerment and choice, and what better conversation is there to have?*Be honest, if you are finding it challenging, say so, you don’t have to have all the answers here, you are just the facilitator of the conversation.*Be truthful and let your child know your intentions and how you are feeling. This is a team effort, not a top-down conversation, so start as you mean to go on.Ask your child how they would best like to have this conversation. Let them know it is important for you to have it, but ask them what is best for them. Would they like to go somewhere other than the house, would they like some information first, then the talk? What works well for them? If your child is more introvert and quiet in nature they may prefer to research first and ask questions, rather than have this be the fully-blown conversation that a more gregarious child may be happy with.*Find a hook. Find something in the media lately that you can hook this to; maybe it’s an Instagram post you saw, or something you heard about, or an advert. Puberty is always in the spotlight in some way. Use these things you find as a hook to start the conversation.*Get support if you are finding starting this conversation difficult. Get some support for yourself, a friend or a family member that you can talk to who can give you good constructive advice is always helpful.*Get yourself prepared so you feel confident for the conversation.If you are a single parent to a child of a different gender, don’t assume they don’t want to talk to you about puberty, just ask them.*Don’t make it serious; while this may be an important conversation it doesn’t have to be serious. Lighten the conversation as much as you can, it will put both of you at ease!DD FAMILY: SCHOOLS OUT – THIS COULD BE THE TIME FOR TEEN TALK! was last modified: June 17th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Man City are still playing catch-up on Man United – you can’t forget history’

first_imgDavid Seaman says Manchester is blue on pitch right now, but it will take some time for Manchester City to overtake Manchester United as the bigger club. Sir Alex Ferguson led Manchester United to their 20th top flight title in his final season in charge David Seaman was co-host on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast 2 “Man City are playing catch-up, but they’re getting there.“When you see their quality on the pitch and what they’re achieving, it’s great.“It’s great to be a blue.”“What is he on?!”Manchester-born and boyhood blue Lee Dixon also agreed with former Arsenal team-mate Seaman, and laughed off Dickov’s bold claim on social media…center_img 2 Love Paul Dickov. What is he on!! And I’m a boyhood City fan!!Dominate for 20years and then say that https://t.co/rB2XhPbK2T— Lee Dixon (@LeeDixon2) October 3, 2018 The former goalkeeper was responding to claims made by Paul Dickov, the ex-striker who said City are now a bigger club than their red rivals due to their recent trophy success.Manchester United have not won the Premier League title in five years since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.City, meanwhile, have gone from strength to strength under manager Pep Guardiola and smashed a whole host of records as they lifted the trophy last season.LISTEN: ‘Man City are a bigger club than Man United’, says cult hero DickovThe Blues are widely considered the best team in the country and are tipped to retain their crown this term.But Seaman insists they have not overtaken United – the most successful team in English football history with 20 top flight titles – just yet.Speaking on Wednesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former Man City No.1 said: “On the pitch, Manchester is definitely blue.“But you can’t get away from Manchester United’s history and the stuff they’ve won.last_img read more

UNIONIST LEADER UNHAPPY AT INFLUX OF DONEGAL BUS COMPANIES IN DERRY

first_imgA leading Unionist politician has claimed the influx of Donegal bus companies into Derry is not compliant with EU law. Outspoken TUV (Traditional Unionist Voice) MLA Jim Allister voiced his support for Bready businessman William Leonard who says he has been forced out of business due to ‘breaches’ in regulations that deal with haulage and transport in the EU.Mr Leonard has stressed for years that awarding school contracts to companies in the Republic of Ireland does not comply with EU law.Jim Allister has picked up the baton and is now quizzing the Environment Minister Mark Durkan on licensing obligations for bus companies from the Republic of Ireland tendering contracts in the UK. Allister repeated the claims made by Mr Leonard and asked Durkan was the practices applied by coach companies from Donegal legal.SDLP MP Mark Durkan said, “Bus companies from the south of Ireland may tender for local contracts provided they are properly licensed in their jurisdiction, hold an international operator’s licence and the contracted service is considered temporary.“The service involving the carriage of school children and other such groups falls within the category of ‘Special Regular Services.’ A Special Regular Service must be covered by a contract between the organiser and the carrier which specifies the route, stopping places, group covered and schedule of service.  UNIONIST LEADER UNHAPPY AT INFLUX OF DONEGAL BUS COMPANIES IN DERRY was last modified: September 10th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:newsPoliticslast_img read more

Animal charity seeks foster homes after 900 animals saved

first_imgDonegal charity Animals In Need are appealing for new fosterers to help care for the ever increasing number of cats and dogs they rescue in the county every year.With around 900 animals, mostly cats, kittens, dogs and pups, saved last year, they are asking for animal lovers who are interested in becoming more involved, to get in touch.Fostering can be short or long term, whichever suits the animal and fosterer. All food, bedding, veterinary treatment and medication, crates and runs are provided by the charity.Fosterers just have to be able to offer their time and have plenty of TLC to spare. Dog fosterers need a secure garden.An Animals In Need spokesperson said ‘Fostering is a vital part of rescue and provides the stepping stone to a brighter future for an unwanted or abandoned animal. It is very rewarding to see how the animals blossom in a safe environment.’There are many ways to become involved in the organisation, including fundraising, transportation or administration. They currently are also looking for experienced drivers who could drive the rescue van to carry out vet runs and transportation of dogs; either collecting them or taking them to their foster homes or to the hub.The spokesperson continued ‘As a registered charity we must adhere to strict guidelines and meet certain standards and this often involves a lot of work behind the scenes that we could really use some help with.’Fostering could involve caring for a kitten that’s fallen from a car engine, animals that have been heartlessly dumped or unwanted dogs rescued from the Pound. Animals In Need are the only rescue taking dogs out of the Letterkenny Pound on a regular basis.If you would like to come on board or would like further information on fostering, driving or volunteering, please contact the cat helpline on 087 7644420.Animals In Need Donegal is a Registered Charity No. CHY17864. They are on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AINDONEGAL/ and have a website at http://www.animalsinneeddonegal.com. Animal charity seeks foster homes after 900 animals saved was last modified: August 8th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:animals in needdonegalfosterlast_img read more

Food production up in Africa

first_imgFood production in Africa rose by 3.5% in2008, according to a new United Nationsreport. (Image: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubsouthafrica.com. For morefree photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Majid ChaarFAO chief of media relations+39 06 570 53625 / 53528• Savitri Mohapatra, Africa Rice CentreHead, marketing and communications,+229 2135 0188Janine ErasmusA new report released by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) shows that, for the first time in many years, food production in sub-Saharan Africa is on the increase.This emerged after a two-day forum of top experts in fields relating to food production, held in October in Rome.The meeting was a precursor to the upcoming World Summit on Food Security, which takes place in the same city from 16 to 18 November 2009, and will see world heads of state and government gathering to discuss ways in which their countries can positively contribute to the world food situation.Ensuring food securityThe experts came together to discuss issues relating to policies and development assistance, identify priority areas for policy action, and establish ways to ensure food security in Africa, among others.Agriculture will increasingly have to compete with urbanisation, and will also have to cope with the challenges of climate change and the preservation of biodiversity and endangered species.Working around the theme How to Feed the World in 2050, the experts debated the policies that governments should consider implementing if they want to ensure food for all in 2050, the year that the world’s population will reach its estimated peak of just over 9-billion.The United Nations has forecast that most of this growth will happen in developing countries, with the sub-Saharan population growing at 1.08% – the fastest rate of all, although this is a significant decline from the 1975 growth peak of around 3%. To cope with the additional population burden, food production must increase by 70% globally.Increased food productionThe FAO report, titled The special challenge for sub-Saharan Africa, reveals that food production in sub-Saharan Africa grew by 3.5% during 2008. This more than covers the 2% rise in the population over the corresponding period.The FAO expressed cautious hope about the continent’s ability to feed its people in future decades.“After decades of decline in per capita food production, a new optimism has emerged about the prospects for Africa and African agriculture,” said the report.“Growth in agriculture and in the economy as a whole has outpaced population growth in many countries, armed conflicts have been reduced, regional and sub-regional institutions are being strengthened, and good progress has been made in developing the business environment.”Other reasons given for the rise in production include an increased use of technology, as well as higher world food prices, a better macroeconomic environment, and improvements in many national agricultural policies.The report mentioned the huge untapped potential of Africa’s agricultural sector, largely due to its abundant resources of land and water. Since agriculture forms the backbone of many African economies, this is good news.But the report cautioned that this potential will not be realised without firm, concerted policy action to overcome the numerous challenges facing the continent, such as HIV and Aids, conflict, dependency on imported foodstuffs, and governance inadequacies in some countries.New technologies often do not extend to rural areas, with the result that pesticides, fertilisers, irrigation and better quality seeds are under-used. Wider use of these tools will make life easier for farmers and boost crop yields.New cropsThe report also mentioned the increasing number of hardy crop types that are specially bred for harsh African conditions. These have given small-scale farmers the opportunity to derive a higher income through increased yields.Such crops include the hybrid Nerica (New Rice for Africa) rice variety, which has been adopted in several West African countries as well as Uganda in the east of the continent. In Uganda, rice was not widely grown until the introduction of Nerica, and today those farmers who switched from wheat to rice are enjoying more prosperous times.In 2008 rice production in Africa rose by 18% overall, according to the FAO, compared with the 2007 figure.But more needs to be done – Africa is not investing enough in agricultural research and development, reported the organisation. This situation must be redressed.Experts also recommended that underdeveloped areas in Africa be better used and made available for cultivation. The FAO report said that less than 25% of African land suitable for rain-watered crops – more than 700-million hectares – is actually used as farmland.The report singled out the Guinea Savannah region, which, it says, has an area twice that of all wheat-planted land worldwide. The Guinea Savannah covers about 600-million hectares, of which only 10% is farmed, but successfully bringing this vast area under the crop will take a huge investment in infrastructure and technology.last_img read more