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In Africa, tech-savvy entrepreneurs sow seeds of a farming revolution

December 13th, 2018 / UN Environment, Kenya

From invaluable farming advice shared via text message to livestock vaccines delivered when and where they are needed thanks to a mobile phone service, agri-tech and precision farming are changing the face of agriculture across Africa.
This transformation is an urgent imperative. With global warming threatening harvests, and the world’s population …

How changing the world’s food systems can help to protect the planet

August 1st, 2018 / The Conversation

By Elwyn Grainger-Jones, Executive Director, CGIAR System Organization
Going into debt with nature is a dangerous thing. When our stocks of water, land and clean air are spent – we don’t have a second planet to borrow from. But that’s exactly the way that Earth is heading. 1 August 2018 marks …

Precision agriculture: can smallholders participate?

May 23rd, 2016 / The Chicago Council

Precision agriculture in a slightly altered form can be spread to smallholders in Asia and Africa, despite farm size and asset limitations. No-till farming had its start on big farms in North America in the 1970s, initially as a way to save diesel fuel, but variants on this “conservation agriculture” …