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Reducing food loss in West Africa

May 29th, 2015 / Mongabay, Australia

Helping farmers combat post-harvest losses is a win-win proposition. It helps raise incomes for some of the most vulnerable households in West Africa, lowers food prices for consumers, alleviates hunger and reduces stress on the environment. Read …

Maize and Sorghum

May 28th, 2015 / B4FA.org

B4FA provides a snapshot of some of the main plant improvement initiatives taking place in important crops in Africa, and a link to the groups doing this work. Just added, MAIZE and SORGHUM.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), global maize production in 2013 …

Soil – the forgotten resource, Infographic

May 25th, 2015 / FAO, Italy

Soils host a quarter of our planet’s biodiversity. Soil is one of nature’s most complex ecosystems: it contains a myriad of organisms that interact and contribute to the global cycles that make all life possible Read …

Cabbages trump coffee for Tanzania’s climate-stressed farmers

May 21st, 2015 / Reuters

The 72-year-old farmer from Moshi Rural district in Tanzania’s northern Kilimanjaro region depended for decades on coffee farming. But climate shifts, together with a rust disease that causes trees to shrink and become unproductive, have decimated his yields. So he’s turned to cabbages, onions, lettuce and potatoes – and he …

Sorghum project gives women financial might

May 21st, 2015 / FarmBiz Africa

Quality seed, fertilizer and planting training from One Acre Fund transforms lives of farmers in western Kenya. “It felt like a dream,” says farmer Rosemary Wanjala. 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 …

Farmer finds her livelihood in coffee seedlings

May 18th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru talks to Luweero farmer Betty Ndugga Nankya who abandoned a business enterprise in Kampala and switched to running a coffee seedling nursery and is enjoying the move. Read …

Kenya: maize crop devastated by disease

May 15th, 2015 / The Star, Kenya

Kenya is losing about 300,000 metric tonnes of maize every year to lethal maize necrosis disease. Read …

Importance of good seed

May 13th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow, Michael Ssali reports “One of the issues holding back our country’s agricultural production is farmers’ failure to access good quality seed… Many farmers don’t buy seeds and lack correct information about the advantages of planting good quality seed. Yet under the National Agricultural Research Organization (Naro), several research …

Climate-smart agriculture: Acting locally, informing globally

May 8th, 2015 / Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security

In 2014 CCAFS helped advance the concept and practice of climate-smart agriculture in farmers’ fields and in global initiatives, through close collaboration with farmers, civil society, governments and researchers. Here are some of the highlights from its 2014 Annual Report. Read …