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Africa’s indigenous technology for rural women economic empowerment

April 27th, 2017 / AllAfrica.com

Rural women are very closely associated with indigenous technology. According to an academic paper by Susanto Basu and David Weil titled Appropriate Technology and Growth in 1998, innovation that is based on indigenous knowledge is a pertinent driver of economic growth. What this means is that products or services and …

African Development Bank pumps $24bn into agriculture

April 26th, 2017 / Fresh Plaza, US

The African Development Bank (AFDB) has committed $24 billion towards Africa’s food production over the next 10 years in order to create jobs and increase food security, along with boosting the agriculture industry on the continent.
The funds and plan were released by the bank’s president, Dr Akinwumi Adesina during …

Talking Biotech: What’s blocking GMO crop adoption in Africa?

April 26th, 2017 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Outside of South Africa, Kenya was the first place in sub-Saharan Africa to do research and development of genetically engineered crops. This week’s Talking Biotech guest, professor Matthew Harsh from Concordia University in Montreal, lived in Kenya for a year while conducting sociological and ethnographic research. He interviewed scientists, policymakers, …

Microbes, new weapon against agricultural pests in Africa

April 26th, 2017 / IPS News, US

Microscopic soil organisms could be an environmentally friendly way to control crop pests and diseases and even protect agriculture against the impacts of climate change, a leading researcher says.
Africa is battling an outbreak of trans-boundary pests and diseases like the invasive South America fall armyworm (FAW), tomato leaf miner and …

Preserve indigenous crops

April 26th, 2017 / AllAfrica.com

The Assistant Minister of Agricultural Development and Food Security Mr Kgotla Autlwetse has called on farmers to retrace their steps and start planting indigenous field crops alongside open pollinated and hybrid ones.
He raised a concern that indigenous field crops seemed to be disappearing and they needed to be preserved for …

AfDB boss asks why Africa is importing $35bn in food annually

April 21st, 2017 / Africa News

President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, says his outfit has achieved major milestones in this year alone but a lot more needed to be done to improve the continent’s economic fortunes.
Top of the AfDB’s proposals on how to ‘fast-track’ Africa’s economic potential is to improve the power …

Zambia’s women contribute to cassava growing boom

April 18th, 2017 / AllAfrica.com

Born in a small town of Mufulira, on the Copper Belt province of Zambia in 1960, Winnie Nachivula, is making a mark in the cassava production in Zambia which currently stands at over 1 million metric tonnes per year, making it the most important crop grown in Zambia after maize.
Cassava …

The significance of smallholder farms in the global food system

April 17th, 2017 / The Lancet Planetary Health, UK

When many of us contemplate the role of agriculture in feeding 7·2 billion people, we picture large-scale, industrialised, and efficient systems that produce lots of food that is shipped around the world. Although those systems are relevant, they are only one dimension of what agriculture consists of, who feeds us, …

Africa’s agriculture needs new blood, but young people are attracted to the cities

April 14th, 2017 / Development & Cooperation

The growing population of Africa needs food, but millions of young people are looking for jobs and future prospects. The countryside offers lots of opportunities for employment but suffers from a lack of attractiveness.
It is the well-educated young Africans, in particular, that are leaving rural areas for the cities. A …

Empowering rural farmers with technologies for improved yields

April 10th, 2017 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru reports:
Smallholder farms dominate African agriculture, and most of them continue to employ traditional cultivation techniques but experts from the Sasakawa Global 2000 ask farmers to employ better farm technologies to solve the problem of food security by looking at the full length of the value chain. …