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JICA, IRRI, PhilRICE share rice seed production expertise with African farmers

May 19th, 2017 / Manilla Bulletin, Philippines

A group of African farmers graduated recently from a training extended by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), and Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) as part of development cooperation to boost food security in member countries of the Coalition of African Rice Development (CARD).
JICA, IRRI, …

Nigeria: Agric extension workers: SADP adopts World Bank standard ratio

April 18th, 2017 / The Vanguard, Nigeria

B4FA Fellow Abdallah el-Kurebe writes: Sokoto state government has planned to adopt the World Bank standard ratio of extension worker to farmers in order to boost support for farmers in the state.
Programme Manager of Sokoto Agricultural Development Project (SADP), Abubakar Sadiq Malami told Saturday Vanguard on Friday that ‎the move …

NEPAD: Need to focus on agriculture projects

March 3rd, 2017 / NAN, Nigeria

Stakeholders at the two-day workshop on the Skills Initiative for Africa programme have advised NEPAD to focus on addressing skill gap by implementing agriculture projects in the country.
The stakeholders gave the recommendation in a communiqué read by Dr Iyk Oji, Special Adviser to the National Coordinator of NEPAD Nigeria, Mrs …

Rwanda: over 3,000 farmers to receive coffee treatment skills

February 16th, 2017 / AllAfrica.com

Sustainable Harvest Rwanda, a nongovernmental organisation that aims to improve coffee productivity, this week launched a three-year-long project to help women better take control of the coffee farming process.
The project, which will focus on three districts (Gakenke, Rulindo and Gicumbi) in the Northern Province, will train more than 3,000 female …

The smart way to help African farmers tackle climate change

February 1st, 2017 / Bizcomunity, South Africa

Agriculture is the most important sector of African economies, from the livelihoods it supports to the future jobs it can generate. The basic recipe for boosting performance is well known: more investment, better access to financial services, improved seeds, and a lot more fertiliser (appropriately applied).
What is less appreciated is …

The smart way to help African farmers tackle climate change

January 23rd, 2017 / IRIN

The basic recipe for boosting performance is well known: more investment, better access to financial services, improved seeds, and a lot more fertiliser (appropriately applied).
What is less appreciated is the key role played by agricultural extension workers. They link small-scale farmers to new research, helping to improve their knowledge and …

Invest in training, African leaders told

January 9th, 2017 / Daily Nation, Kenya

Researchers have called on African governments to support vocational training in agriculture, noting the skills are crucial for smallholder farmers.
The researchers from more than 12 African countries, and India and Germany, were meeting at a recent conference on agricultural innovation in Nairobi organised by German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and …

How AfDB is helping transform agriculture in Africa

December 23rd, 2016 / Worldstagegroup.com

By 2025, Africa aims to feed its fast growing population with its own production. What is more, the world will need Africa’s help to feed an extra two billion people in the coming generation. So making the right investments right now is crucial to unleash the huge potential of Africa’s …

Africa’s agriculture projects are growing inequality, not food

December 5th, 2016 / Mail & Guardian, South Africa

Low yield growth, increasing food insecurity, climate change and massive population growth are the four factors that will determine the shape of Africa over the next century. Even if countries on the continent are successful in negotiating more favourable trade conditions and introduce policy reforms, Africa will still need to …

Lessons from how farmers view wealth creation as a holistic system

October 20th, 2016 / NewsDay, Zimbabwe

Although there is a tendency to treat the majority of African smallholder farmers as passive recipients of external information and knowledge, they are very good at learning from their experiences.
In Zimbabwe, eMKambo has discovered that farming communities and individual farmers contribute to the national knowledge base more than they will …