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Intercropping formula promises food security in Sahel Africa

November 20th, 2017 / Science Daily

Two crops or one? Sometimes, growing two crops simultaneously on the same piece of land — called intercropping — can benefit farmers. But it needs careful planning and resource management.
In some parts of Africa, farmers intercrop sorghum — a grain — and peanuts. But they face a major information gap. …

Nitrogen-efficient crops on the horizon: Can we grow more with fewer emissions?

June 4th, 2017 / CGIR Wheat

Through a natural, affordable alternative to farmers’ heavy use of nitrogen fertilizers, science now offers an option to boost crop productivity and dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to the authors of a report that will appear this week in the journal Plant Science.
The new study describes certain plants that …

Raising crop productivity in Africa through intensification

March 14th, 2017 / Agronomy, Switzerland

The population of Africa will double in the next 33 years to reach 2.5 billion by 2050. Although roughly 60% of the continent’s population is engaged in agriculture, the produce from this sector cannot feed its citizens. Hence, in 2013 alone, Africa imported 56.5 million tons of wheat, maize, and …

GMO and organic – can they work together?

March 3rd, 2017 / The Grower, US

Could they learn to work together? A growing population—and a changing climate—may demand it. Conventional agriculture has a history of depleting the soil and polluting waterways with contaminated runoff. But there is a growing recognition that such practices are not sustainable—short term yields may be higher with conventional methods, but …

Farmers urged to embrace organic fertilizer

February 15th, 2017 / Sahel Standard, Nigeria

Farmers have been urged to embrace organic fertilisers hence it is superior alternative to artificial fertilizer.
This charge was made in Abuja during the launch of ‘Greenfelt’ organic fertilizer in the market.
Yakubu Yasukuma, who represented the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, said the product will be subjected …

Addressing smallholder farmers’ needs with green manure cover crops and agroforestry

January 30th, 2017 / Africa Rising

In Africa, mineral fertilizer remains a scarce, expensive, and risky resource for most smallholder farmers. On average, farmers use less than 10 kg/ha of NPK fertilizer; and many do not apply it at all. The price of fertilizer is 3-5 times higher in Africa than in Europe due to the …

Addressing GMO concerns (2): are agricultural chemicals hazardous, overused?

January 20th, 2017 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

This is the second article in a three-part series exploring some common concerns heard about GMOs.
The use of herbicides and pesticides in modern farming may be the most misunderstood issue out there. Let’s try to reconnect it with reality a little bit. There are currently two major traits that GE …

Fortified composite manure doubles crop yields

January 13th, 2017 / Farmbiz Africa, Kenya

Farmers, who fortify composite manure, may increase harvests by two-fold as a result of adding the missing mineral components that support a wholesome growth.
Composite manure fortification involves introduction of extra mineral elements into the fertiliser, which is prepared from organic farm waste.
Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation officer Jane Kiptoo …

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 …

Plant microbiomes and sustainable agriculture

December 2nd, 2016 / EMBOpress, Germany

Science: Deciphering the plant microbiome and its role in nutrient supply and plant immunity has great potential to reduce the use of fertilizers and biocides in agriculture. This topic is gaining in importance. See …