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Zambia encouraged to commercialize traditional foods like cassava and millet

May 19th, 2015 / Times of Zambia

The Zambian government has called for commercialisation of traditional food in the country to cope with the current demand on the local and international markets. Agriculture and Livestock Deputy Minister Greyford Monde said there was need to promote traditional products. Read …

Uganda: App cuts time and cost of connecting farmers

May 19th, 2015 / Farmbiz Africa

A Ugandan developer is spearheading the adoption of technology in agribusiness with the development of an app that can be accessed and used while offline to ease communication between producers and other market players thus ideal for most rural areas without power or internet connection. Read …

Climate change hitting African farmers hardest

May 18th, 2015 / SBS, Australia

Climate change is affecting all regions of the globe, with some places, such as Africa, more vulnerable its devastating effects than others due to their very high dependency on agriculture. But mitigation efforts could really help alleviate the impacts. Read …

Achieving food self sufficiency through increasing productivity on small-scale farms

May 18th, 2015 / The Ethiopian Herald

There are two ways that could help enhance agricultural productivity. One is by expanding mechanized farming in the vast areas which utilize hi-tech inputs such as employing tractors,pesticides,fertilizers and irrigated water as well as biotechnology. The other approach is achieving agricultural productivity within small scale farms by utilizing sufficient …

Farmer finds her livelihood in coffee seedlings

May 18th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru talks to Luweero farmer Betty Ndugga Nankya who abandoned a business enterprise in Kampala and switched to running a coffee seedling nursery and is enjoying the move. Read …

World Bank satisfied with Sierra Leone cassava and rice research

May 15th, 2015 / Concord Times, Sierra Leone

The World Bank Country Team leader for agriculture projects in Sierra Leone, Herdwick Tchala, has said he was impressed with work done by the Sierra Leone Agricultural Research Institute (SLARI) on new breeds of rice and cassava. Read …

Kenya: maize crop devastated by disease

May 15th, 2015 / The Star, Kenya

Kenya is losing about 300,000 metric tonnes of maize every year to lethal maize necrosis disease. Read …

Coffee farmers on climate front line

May 15th, 2015 / SciDevNet, UK

An estimated 70 per cent of the world’s coffee production comes from small-scale producers in an industry with some 25 million growers. But as climate change hits, many of them could lose their livelihoods as they simply cannot move their production to higher, cooler land. Read more
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Initiative aims to safeguard citrus crops in Kenya and Tanzania

May 14th, 2015 / African Farming, UK

US$1.3mn initiative has been launched in Kenya to address issues affecting citrus fruit production. The project, which will be run by the Nairobi-based International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) and its partners, will be tackle the twin problems of insect pests and diseases in Kenya and Tanzania. …

Local initiative to manage coffee wilt disease

May 14th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

One of the longest-surviving crop diseases in Uganda is the Coffee Wilt Disease (CWD), a fungal infection that wiped out more than 12 million robusta coffee trees in central and western Uganda regions towards the end of the 20th Century. Adams Byaruhanga, a resident of Kikasa village, Bukalasa Parish in …