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Namibia: expectations for maize harvest improve dramatically

April 18th, 2016 / AllAfrica.com

Late rains have dramatically changed the expectations of the total white maize harvest from the Maize Triangle and immediate environs. The total maize harvest is now projected at more than 44 000 tonnes, after 9 391 hectares were planted countrywide. Almost 4 400 hectares were planted in the Maize Triangle, …

Scientists develop technology to guide farmers on use of fertiliser

April 18th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru reports: Farmers in Uganda will have the benefit of calculating the amount of fertiliser to apply in a given acreage and the consequent economic benefits using a mobile phone application. Scientists at National Agricultural Research Laboratories (NARL) in Kawanda who designed the Uganda Fertiliser Optimisation Tool …

Are monocultures the great evil of GMOs and modern ag?

April 18th, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project

One real problem with monoculture is that it is often used as a strong argument but in a poorly defined way. The influential food journalist Michael Pollan has gone as far as to claim that monoculture is the “real problem”, the “great evil in american agriculture”. Another common worry is …

The young women entrepreneurs looking to champion Africa

April 18th, 2016 / Geeskaafrika.com

Tanzanian Belinda Baraka (17) is one young entrepreneur who is looking to solve some of these challenges. Last year she started BITO Market, an online directory that allows farmers to connect with and sell their produce directly to end buyers. By cutting out the middlemen traditionally used in this process, …

Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa Initiative: maize varieties and traits in 13 countries

April 18th, 2016 / Agrilinks.com

Invaluable infographics from the Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) initiative on increasing maize productivity and resilience during times of drought in 13 African countries. They highlight the different improved maize varieties released under DTMA, along with other valuable information for each variety including maturity range; colour; owner (seed company/distributor); …

Zambia first country to create a smart farming training centre

April 18th, 2016 / SABC, South Africa

Zambia has become the first country in the world to create a smart farming training centre. The AGCO-Zambia Agriculture Training Centre launched this week will fast-track the country’s agricultural sector into the 21st century- as it moves away from its dependence on copper. Farmers will be taught how to use …

Working to feed the world

April 5th, 2016 / Arizona State University, US

An Arizona State University researcher has figured out a way to modify crops that causes them to use less water and fertilizer but grow more food, an exciting development as food security becomes a critical concern as the world’s population expands. Roberto Gaxiola, an associate professor with the School of …

African agricultural careers attract young people

April 5th, 2016 / Compton Herald, US

Growing numbers of youth are embracing African agricultural careers as jobs become harder to find in dense urban centres. queezed out of the white collar job markets in many African nation’s growing cities, more youth across the continent are looking to agriculture as a viable employment alternative and are moving …

Farmers sensitized on the nutritional value of soybeans – SARI 16

April 4th, 2016 / Youtube.com

B4FA Fellow, Noah Nash reports: In Ghana, the Savannah Agricultural Research Institute, SARI, has sensitized more than one hundred women soybean farmers in the Tolon District of the northern region on the nutritional benefits and utilization of soy products. Read …

Uganda: Chinese to train 10 000 Ugandan farmers

March 31st, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

Uganda and China have embarked on a two-year project to benefit more than 10,000 farmers who will be trained in mechanised agriculture and value-addition. “The project promotes simple Chinese technology transfer to Uganda. Farmers will be trained in value-addition that will increase household income and create jobs,” a senior agriculture …