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Text message network connects offline farmers in Kenya

September 18th, 2017 / AllAfrica.com

The service, whose Scottish co-founder Kenny Ewan describes it as “the internet for people with no internet”, is free to use and only requires a mobile phone.
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Training programme set to boost rice output in East Africa

September 12th, 2017 / The Citizen, Tanzania

The Kilimanjaro Agricultural Training Centre (KATC) has offered to train agricultural experts in East Africa on improved production of rice, one of the staple food crops in the region.
This was affirmed last week by the project coordinator, Mr Motonori Tomitaka, at the end of an eight-day training course on improved …

Kenyan scholar wins Africa’s top food prize

September 12th, 2017 / Daily Nation, Kenya

Prof Ruth Khasaya Oniang’o has jointly won the Africa Food Prize at the just concluded African Green Revolution Forum in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. She won the prize alongside Ms Maimouna Coulibali of Mali. Together, they beat 643 other outstanding individuals, projects and institutions nominated for the prize.
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The price we pay for rejecting biotechnology

September 12th, 2017 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali writes:
We are stuck in a paradoxical situation where the government is urging farmers to work hard when it is not doing much on its part to overcome the challenging national agricultural production constraints that could be reduced by the use of biotechnology.
An online newsletter, Genetic …

Creation of agribusinesses and ‘agripreneurs’ key topics at AGRF

September 11th, 2017 / Devex.com

Experts and advocates pushed for the promotion of agriculture careers in Africa and more government-initiated investments at the 7th African Green Revolution Forum, urging governments and private investors to advance engagements beyond discussions through to implementation.
If left to eat local, the nutrition of the African continent would lie in the …

FAO to tackle army-worm disease in Africa

September 11th, 2017

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has developed a five year project known as `Fall Army-worm’ to control the spread of army-worm disease in Africa.
Mr Allan Hruska, the Principal Technical Coordinator of the project, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday, that the task …

Three things to watch at the African Green Revolution Forum

September 8th, 2017 / Devex.com

This year’s African Green Revolution Forum began Wednesday, convening ministers, donors, civil society and business leaders to discuss how to transform Africa’s agriculture sector.
This year’s focus is on how to improve and boost jobs in the sector, drawing particular attention to the needs and challenges facing small-scale farmers, who bear …

African leaders validate AfDB’s Feed Africa strategy at African Green Revolution Forum

September 8th, 2017 / AllAfrica.com

African leaders and partners in the agriculture sector have validated the Feed Africa Strategy of the African Development Bank (AfDB) as a viable tool towards the transformation of agriculture on the continent.
President Alassane Ouattara of Côte d’Ivoire and his counterpart from Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, spoke glowingly of the AfDB’s …

Scientists make breakthrough in fight against cassava diseases

September 1st, 2017 / BizCommunity, South Africa

Scientists have identified the first ever genetic markers associated with resistance to two deadly cassava viral diseases in Tanzania’s grown varieties. The International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), in a statement availed to the ‘Daily News’, identified the two varieties as Namikonga and Albert. Read …

Building Nigeria’s agribusiness through smallholder farmers: the AATF initiative

September 1st, 2017 / The Vanguard, Nigeria

B4FA Fellow Abdallah el-Kurebe reports:
Nigeria is the largest producer of cassava in the world with an annual output of 34 million tonnes of tuberous roots. It is produced mostly by smallholder farmers by use of ‘traditional instruments’ with an average landholding of less than two hectares per smallholder farmer.
But the …