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Smart technologies to ensure sustainable farming

April 19th, 2017 / Ethiopian Herald

“There is something that we are not doing properly, that is why we keep on falling short of feeding the whole Africa,” mutters Dr. Kodjo P. Abassa, trying to get comfy on his chair. Dr. Abassa, former Adviser at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, has worked for more …

Genetics to guide coffee breeding

February 13th, 2017 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow, Michael Ssali writes: Genetic modification (GM) is the future of coffee and the scientists have made their findings public. “With this information in hand, producers can begin to more accurately breed coffee varieties, as opposed to traditional selective breeding where you see a trait you like and breed …

Investing in African agriculture: finding the best opportunities in 2017

February 5th, 2017 / AFK Insider, South Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa continues to face the challenges of lower commodity prices. It is not surprising that many governments are looking to agriculture as an emerging (or returning) priority to buoy economic growth. Our favorite countries for 2017 in the agriculture space are Ethiopia, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire and Mali. See …

Yield gaps – social aspects

January 12th, 2017 / Claudia Canales, B4FA

Yield gaps, the difference between actual production and what is potentially achievable under optimum growing conditions, are greatest in the poorer parts of the world, and these regions are also the ones that are predicted to be most vulnerable to the combined pressures of increases in population, the effects of …

Ethiopia: Increasing nutrient-use efficiency

December 20th, 2016 / The Ethiopian Herald

Intensive high-yield agriculture is dependent on addition of fertilizers, especially industrially produced NH4 and NO3. In some regions of the world, crop production is still constrained by too little application of fertilizers. Without the use of synthetic fertilizers, world food production could not have increased at the rate it did …

On-farm smallholder irrigation performance in Ethiopia: from water use efficiency to equity and sustainability

December 15th, 2016 / Lives, Ethiopia

The performance of smallholder irrigation schemes are challenged by several factors: among which water insecurity and low land and water productivity are the main ones.
This paper evaluates the on-farm management of nine smallholder irrigation schemes from four regional states in Ethiopia. The schemes are diverse in several aspects and we …

Ethiopia: Small scale farming viable option

December 9th, 2016 / Ethiopian Herald

It has been said a lot about small scale farming plays dominant role in the nation’s economic development. In the growth which is registered for a decade and a half, the contribution of the sector is immense. The sector supplies food to the local market. About 80 per cent of …

Ethiopia to commercialize BT cotton in two years

December 2nd, 2016 / Africa Business Communities, Netherlands

Ethiopia is set to begin commercialization of biotechnologically developed cotton following the adoption of a law that granted experimentation rights both in labs and fields and the conduct of confined field trials of the BT cotton.
According to Endale Gebre (PhD), director of agricultural bio technology sector at the Ethiopian Agricultural …

African initiative calls for focus on land restoration

November 1st, 2016 / SciDev.net, UK

Generating sufficient scientific knowledge to restore degraded land is critical in Africa because the continent largely depends on land and other natural resources for socioeconomic development, experts say.
Most populations, it was noted at the 1st African Forest Landscape Restoration (AFR100) Regional Conference this month (11-12 October) in Ethiopia, depend on …

Seed distributions in Ethiopia boost crop yields, strengthen communities’ resilience

October 10th, 2016 / AfrianBrains.net

FAO support reinforces food security response to one of the worst El Niño-induced droughts on record.
Ethiopia is about to complete one of the largest and most successful seed distribution campaigns in the country’s history, aimed at helping farmers to stay on their feet in the face of a blistering drought …