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Training institute for farmers launched

August 8th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru reports: Most farmers carry out their activities, be it keeping livestock or poultry, crop or fisheries production, do it on subsistence or semi-subsistence scale. So, there is need to encourage these farmers to practise agriculture as a business enterprise to attract a competitive market for their …

Researchers discuss ways to boost agricultural extension

July 12th, 2016 / Graphic Online, Ghana

Researchers, academics and policy makers from West Africa have met in Accra to discuss ways to boost agricultural extension programmes in the sub-region. The meeting provided a platform for the participants to assess the role stakeholders play, as well as re-draw plans regarding ownership and sustainability of funds from the …

Zambia first country to create a smart farming training centre

April 18th, 2016 / SABC, South Africa

Zambia has become the first country in the world to create a smart farming training centre. The AGCO-Zambia Agriculture Training Centre launched this week will fast-track the country’s agricultural sector into the 21st century- as it moves away from its dependence on copper. Farmers will be taught how to use …

Ghana: Educating farmers on the misuse of chemical fertiliser

September 22nd, 2015 / Viasat 1 News, Ghana

B4FA Fellow Noah Nash reports: Akdi Christopher has advocated educating farmers on the potential dangers in the misuse of chemical fertilizer on crops and the soil. According to him, if not managed properly, chemical fertilizer can lead to crop distraction, negative growth effects, and high pollution levels in water …

Vodafone powers Ugandan farmers

August 10th, 2015 / East African Business Week

More use of ICT could help ease some of the most pressing problems associated with commercialising agriculture in Uganda. During the ‘Vodafone power talks’ that took place a few days ago, farmers and ICT experts came together to discuss how they can use ICT to enhance agriculture production. See …

The One Acre Fund – energizing the Green Revolution in Africa

June 27th, 2015 / New York Times, US

“In the fight against global poverty, there are very few hugely powerful leverage points,” says One Acre Fund founder Andrew Youn. “The majority of the world’s poor people are farmers; they share one profession, and we figured out how to make that profession way more productive 50 years ago. There …

GhanaVeg to train specialist private extension officers

June 9th, 2015 / YouTube

A video report from B4FA Fellow Noah Nash. The Senior Business Advisor and the Deputy Programs Leader for GhanaVeg, Madam Sheila Assebey-Yeboah said there is need to promote and train specialist private extension officers for the vegetable sector to support farmers with best agronomic practices so that the vegetable …

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