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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 …

Soybeans – farmers advised to adapt planting on ridges to enhance growth and germination

October 11th, 2016 / Youtube.com

B4FA Fellow Noah Nash reports from Ghana: an agronomist with the USAID-Feed the Future, Soybean Innovation lab, Dr. George Awuni has urged soybean farmers to adopt planting on ridges to enhance the plant growth population. See …

Smarter farming could cut hunger in drought-hit southern Africa

September 16th, 2016 / Thompson-Reuters

Southern African farmers facing hunger as a result of worsening drought know a lot about climate change but lack the resources to put solutions that work into place, agriculture and development researchers say.
That is in part because government agricultural extension services, which offer training and advice to farmers, have too …

Nigeria: IITA trains 60 extension service providers over Cassava farming

September 1st, 2016 / 20read.com

B4FA Fellow Kate Obande reports: The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) on Tuesday said it had trained 60 extension service and spray providers in tackling weeds, especially in cassava farming. The training covers areas such as the Safe Use of Herbicides, Herbicides Safety and Application, Gender, Effective Meeting, Group …

Ghana: New skills inspire farmers

August 12th, 2016 / Africa Renewal, US

Mr. Kankam-Boadu, who had benefitted from Marshal Papworth, a UK-based charity that provides agricultural and horticultural scholarships to students from developing countries, started by teaching farmers how to increase crop yields through the use of high-yielding and drought-tolerant crop varieties, and how to apply organic manure and inorganic fertilisers to …

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