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How a technology scaled up to reach millions

September 17th, 2018 / Perdue University

Why do we turn on our radios? For music, entertainment and maybe for news, if we’re feeling virtuous. Hardly anyone in the United States would say they turn on their radios for the advertisements. But if you’re a farmer in Eastern or Western Africa, a radio advertisement could be the …

Cash transfer programming across Africa helps communities take charge of their own recovery

September 17th, 2018 / ReliefWeb

Cash-based interventions are transforming the way humanitarian aid is being delivered. We have seen a dramatic increase in the use of cash globally by 40 per cent between 2015 and 2016 (State of the World’s Cash Report, 2018). At least 28 countries in Africa have had some experience with cash-based …

SARI introduces new technology to boost yam production

September 17th, 2018 / The Graphic, Ghana

The Savanna Agricultural Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (SARI-CSIR) at Nyankpala in the Northern Region has introduced a new technology to boost yam production in the country.
The seed yam technology, known as Aeroponics System (AS), is to address the inadequate seed yam production for …

Africa: global hunger continues to rise with Africa worst hit – UN Report

September 17th, 2018 / AllAfrica.com

The population of hungry people is rising across the world, a UN report has shown, with more than a quarter of them in Africa.
Out of the 821 million people who faced shortage of food in 2017, 257 million were found in the continent.
A new report on the State of Food …

Why keep Africa’s dryland forests alive?

September 17th, 2018 / Mongabay

Small holder farmers from 6,000 Malian households have restored 320 hectares of land through a combination of on-farm natural tree regeneration, water harvesting, moisture retention technologies, improved soil filtration, and enhanced soil humus.
This is just one of many efforts currently underway to restore Africa’s dryland forests. There are many obstacles …

How to integrate African smallholder farmers into supply chain

September 12th, 2018 / African Business Magazine

Almost 70% of Africans make a living off agriculture and growth in the sector is eleven times more effective in reducing poverty than growth in any other. Development policy and private investment thus far have tended to focus on tangible assets: technology, mechanisation, fertilisers, finance and infrastructure. Yet the visibility …

Blue-green algae promises to boost yields of important food crops

September 12th, 2018 / ISAAA

Scientists at the Australian National University (ANU) have engineered tiny carbon-capturing engines from blue-green algae into plants. This breakthrough promises to help boost the yields of important food crops such as wheat, cowpeas, and cassava. Read …

Africa rising: the pace of advancement has quickened

September 12th, 2018 / Agri-Pulse

 
Since the last African agriculture forum in Ethiopia, over 400 new crop varieties of hybrid seeds have been certified and are being shared with farmers. While yields are up across the board, progress has been very significant in Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Ghana. Read …

Take a look at some of the billions of organisms that keep our soil healthy

September 11th, 2018 / Ensia

Soil is filled with more biological diversity than any other habitat on Earth. Its food web consists not only of worms and beetles and other well-known, easily visible animals, but also microscopic organisms from bacteria to fungi to protists. They all play a vital role in keeping soil healthy. Read …

Embracing biotech crops and why Nigeria’s GMO fight is far from over

September 11th, 2018 / Genetic Literacy Project

When examining Nigeria’s potential to step into an agricultural leadership role in the region, it’s important to consider what it took to get this far — as well as the forces that long opposed GMOs throughout that nation, writes bioinformaticist Abraham Isah. Read …