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Tanzania: farmers lead campaign to revive coffee

June 15th, 2015 / Tanzania Daily News

For several years now, Tanzania Coffee Research Institute (TaCRI) has been working hard to support groups of farmers to introduce new improved coffee varieties that produce high yields within a short time. TaCRI says the new varieties are also resistant to diseases like Coffee Berry Diseases (CBD). Inter-cropping of the …

Increasing smallholder farmer production, nutrition, and income

June 14th, 2015 / The Ethiopian Herald

Increasing smallholder farmer production through the adoption of modern agricultural practices and technologies is a key to meeting productivity targets. The proper technologies can ameliorate the efficiency of seed and fertilizer use, as well as reduce labour time and post-harvest losses, as they increase grain quality and incomes.  Read …

Solving insect resistance to environmentally friendly farming

June 14th, 2015 / Bioscience Technology, US

After decades of effort, scientists are finally figuring out how insects develop resistance to environmentally friendly farming practices – such as crop rotation – that are designed to kill them. The researchers say their insights will help develop more sustainable agricultural practices.  Read …

Helping Ghanaian farmers – the Vodafone Farmers Club

June 14th, 2015 / Biztech Africa

Through the launch of its Farmers Club, Vodaphone Ghana is continuing its efforts to develop technology that helps farmers and transforms lives. Ghanaian farmers can now receive relevant crop and location-specific information in their own language through a bespoke SIM card.  Read …

Tanzania: stimulating entrepreneurship to boost income

June 13th, 2015 / Tanzania Daily News

The development of African food industry requires visionary entrepreneurs, that is why Africa Agribusiness Academy (AAA) sees the strengthening of entrepreneurship as key to successful agricultural growth and rural development. The Academy introduces a new approach that is driven by the private sector, bringing together a core group of successful …

Lessons from Brazil on biotech for Africa

June 13th, 2015 / Saturday Monitor, Uganda

Brazil presents a suitable example to learn from in adoption, processing and export of Genetically Modified (GM) crops and products. Uganda could emulate the Brazilian model of GM-crops consumption, growth and expansion—as it enacts a law to regulate GM-crops being developed by National Agricultural Research Organisation (Naro). Read …

Mighty farming microbes: bacteria to give crops a boost

June 13th, 2015 / Interlochen Public Radio

What if farmers, instead of picking up some agricultural chemicals at their local dealer, picked up a load of agricultural microbes instead? It’s something to contemplate, because some big names in the pesticide business — like Bayer and Monsanto — are putting money behind attempts to turn soil microbes into …

Agriculture will drive Africa’s rise to economic power

June 12th, 2015 / Guardian, UK

The economies of many African countries are growing faster than anywhere else in the world – and agriculture, which accounts for a third of Africa’s GDP, is poised to be the next instalment of the “Africa rising” narrative. African leaders sent a signal last week that agriculture is the ascendant …

Buhari counts on private-sector led agriculture to feed Nigerians

June 12th, 2015 / AFK Insider, US

According to Nigeria’s new President Muhammadu Buhari, private investment in the country’s agriculture sector is the best way of unlocking its potential of feeding its citizens and reducing over-dependence on oil to develop the country. The oil rich country has come into headwinds since the last quarter of 2014 as …

The rise of Africa’s super vegetables

June 12th, 2015 / Nature, UK

Indigenous vegetables are in vogue. They fill shelves at large supermarkets even in Nairobi, and seed companies are breeding more of the traditional varieties every year. Kenyan farmers increased the area planted with such greens by 25% between 2011 and 2013. Demand has boomed – welcome news for agricultural researchers and nutritional …