Eliko Dangote is Africa's richest man according to Forbes and other sources. Estimated net worth $18 billion. And he's throwing his economic weight behind new projects designed to make Nigeria an agricultural powerhouse.
Tomatoes are a staple food in Nigeria. From farmers in the northern states to traders across the country, many depend on the fruit for a living. But climate change and the tomato moth have hit the industry hard.
After a prolonged drought, incessant rains in most parts of Zimbabwe had raised hope that food shortages would be eased. But an outbreak of armyworms may be making the situation worse.
The United Nations is holding emergency talks in Harare to address the crop-eating "armyworm" caterpillars currently devastating farmland across several African countries.
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