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Ethiopia: Utilizing technology to increase productivity of crop farming

July 15th, 2016 / The Ethiopian Herald

Using biotechnology boosts productivity. Though the agricultural sector has been dominated by small scale type, the productivity of the sector has been increasing as a result of using the agricultural technologies. The utilization of agricultural inputs such as fertilizer, pest, herbicides and irrigation plays considerable role in improving productivity. See …

GMO rice strain yields more, requires less fertilizer

June 17th, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

A strain of genetically modified rice that promises 50 per cent greater yield and uses significantly less fertiliser has been developed by British scientists. Researchers have shown in field trials in China that a particular protein found naturally in rice helps it to access more of the nitrogen in soil …

Tanzania gives farmers U.S.$36 million for inputs and improved seeds

December 1st, 2015 / AllAfrica.com

Tanzania has disbursed 2,999,778 vouchers for agriculture inputs worth $36.4 million (Tsh78.1 billion) to 999,993 farmers on the mainland so as to prepare for the new agricultural season 2015/2016. “The input subsidy vouchers have benefited many farmers of maize and rice crops by increasing production of these crops and …

Uganda: Gov’t to unveil system letting farmers know if inputs are counterfeit

October 20th, 2015 / The Independent, by B4FA Fellow Isaac Khisa

The Ugandan government plans to unveil a system that will enable farmers determine whether inputs are genuine or counterfeits at point of sale. Starting next year, farmers will find a code on agriculture input products that can be texted to a toll-free number. In return, the farmer will receive a …

Nigerian tech whiz Nasir Yammama on farming app Verdant and being an active farmer

October 13th, 2015 / AllAfrica

Nigerian tech wiz Nasir Yammama’s agronomy mobile phone service Verdant is helping 500,000 farmers from pre-planting period – with information about weather conditions, improved seedlings, inputs and best practices – all the way to selling farm produce. The Daily Trust interviews him about Verdant, his foray into active farming, and …

The challenge of fighting poverty through farming

September 2nd, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali writes: It is good to reflect a little on poverty—the enemy we are all bent on eradicating from our lives mainly through farming. The majority of our people struggle against poverty as small-scale farmers in the rural areas.Peasant farmers are particularly vulnerable to the effects of …

Uganda: linking farmers to agro input dealers

July 1st, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

Farmers in Uganda hardly use inputs like fertilisers though using them would boost production. B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru examines the issue from various perspectives. Read …

Achieving food self sufficiency through increasing productivity on small-scale farms

May 18th, 2015 / The Ethiopian Herald

There are two ways that could help enhance agricultural productivity. One is by expanding mechanized farming in the vast areas which utilize hi-tech inputs such as employing tractors,pesticides,fertilizers and irrigated water as well as biotechnology. The other approach is achieving agricultural productivity within small scale farms by utilizing sufficient …