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The future of agriculture, food security is knowledge-intensive

December 5th, 2017 / BIZ-Community, South Africa

“The future of agriculture is not input-intensive, but knowledge-intensive. This is the new paradigm,” says FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva
Food production increased over the last decades, but at a high cost to the environment, generating deforestation, water scarcity, soil depletion and high levels of greenhouse gas emissions, he …

Lessons from how farmers view wealth creation as a holistic system

October 20th, 2016 / NewsDay, Zimbabwe

Although there is a tendency to treat the majority of African smallholder farmers as passive recipients of external information and knowledge, they are very good at learning from their experiences.
In Zimbabwe, eMKambo has discovered that farming communities and individual farmers contribute to the national knowledge base more than they will …

It will take integrative thinkers to fully exploit African resources

October 6th, 2016 / NewsDay, Zimbabwe

While it is important to have expertise in crop production, livestock production, nutrition, road construction and natural resources management, what matters is how all these forms of knowledge can be integrated into a cohesive system.
It takes a certain skill set to get knowledge systems that have traditionally functioned separately to …