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Ugandan scientist makes multipurpose tractor for poor farmers

December 6th, 2018 / Malabo Montpellier Panel

A Ugandan innovator has built a low-cost tractor to boost productivity for small scale farmers. The MV Mulimi tractor has been manufactured from locally sourced material. It can prepare land for planting, pump water for irrigation and thresh maize at an affordable cost. Watch the …

Irrigation: a game-changer for small-scale farmers

November 6th, 2018 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

Despite previous efforts by the Government of Uganda to promote irrigation, less than 1 per cent of agricultural households practice irrigation in Uganda (UBOS 2010).
The area equipped for irrigation is less than 3 per cent of the total potential irrigable area in Uganda estimated at 567,000 hectares. Therefore, there is …

Irrigation-short Africa may get $9 billion boost to spur harvests

November 1st, 2018 / Reuters

The power of irrigation is on full display in this corner of southeastern Kenya, where an 8,000-hectare sugarcane plantation glimmers in an otherwise semi-arid landscape.
Yields at the Kwale sugar plantation are higher than they would be if it relied only on rain, and there is no need to worry about …

Why we must pay attention to irrigation

October 29th, 2018 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali writes:
Uganda has often been described as a beautiful country that is also endowed with fertile soils and two rain seasons every year.
About 75 per cent of households are engaged in agriculture and nearly an equal percentage of our exports are drawn from agriculture.
Yet, ironically, we …

Kenyan entrepreneur wins global award for increasing farmers’ yields with solar energy

October 1st, 2018 / FarmBiz Africa

Dysmus Kisilu, a Kenyan entrepreneur has won a Progress Award in recognition of his efforts in providing smallholder farmers especially from rural Kenya with solar-powered agricultural tools and services upping their production. Kisilu is the founder of Solar Gel, a company that provides small Kenyan farms with renewable energy services to …

Six ways Africa can unlock its agricultural potential

May 22nd, 2018 / How we made Africa

Agriculture holds the key to broad-based economic growth, poverty reduction and food security in sub-Saharan Africa. This is according to Deutsche Bank senior analyst Claire Schaffnit-Chatterjee, in her report on agriculture for the bank. Read this excerpt that looks at how sub-Saharan Africa can unlock its agricultural potential.” Read …

This treadle pump is big deal

April 20th, 2018 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

Samuel Ojok is a vegetable farmer in Otuke District in northern Uganda. Every tomato season, he grows two or more acres of tomatoes and other vegetables such as cabbage, green pepper, onions and watermelons.
He is never worried about his garden running short of water or getting affected by a change …

Water from the sun: solar-powered water pumps offer African farmers a way out of poverty

April 18th, 2018 / GTM

Joshua Okundi’s five-acre farm is his classroom. A longtime schoolteacher who left his job to become a farmer in 2013, Okundi is an instructor to the constant stream of visitors who arrive at his home in Kendu, a small rural village in the western reaches of Kenya.
Visitors come seeking advice, …

Climate Smart Agriculture, combating climate change across Africa

March 21st, 2018 / Devdiscourse.com

The impact of global climate change is particularly felt in agriculture, as rising temperatures, changing rainfall patterns, and increased pests and diseases pose new and bigger risks to the global food system.
However, at the UN climate talks, the concept of ‘Climate-Smart Agriculture’(CSA), an approach for transforming and reorienting agricultural systems …

Planting for food, jobs will fail if…

March 2nd, 2018 / My Joy Online, Ghana

As the government works to implement its flagship program, Planting for Food and Jobs, a soil science and water engineering expert at the University of Cape Coast is cautioning government that the policy could fail should irrigation farming and the creation of dams be ignored.
According to Prof. Livingstone Sam …