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Can organic farming sustainably feed the developing world?

August 19th, 2015 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

A recent new paper published in the journal Sustainable Agriculture Research examines results from six experiments comparing organic and conventional farming methods. The long-term experiments showed an increase in soil health, productivity, water quality and economic benefits for farmers when they employed organic systems. “These results suggest that organic …

Kofi Annan promotes health-giving orange flesh sweet potato

August 18th, 2015 / YouTube.com

Noah Nash, B4FA Fellow from Ghana, reports: Former UN Secretary General, Dr. Kofi Annan has advised children and pregnant women to consume more sweet potatoes to get the nutrients they need – especially from the orange ones. See …

New vegetable lab launched to boost food security

July 30th, 2015 / SciDev.net, UK

B4FA Fellow Samuel Hinneh reports: A new regional lab. in Ghana, the Vegetables Innovation Laboratory (VIL) at the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), University of Ghana, aims to develop the vegetable industry through research, development and innovation to improve food and nutritional security in West Africa. It will …

Ready onion market brings tears of joy

July 27th, 2015 / Daily Nation, Kenya

Kamulu, a peri-urban settlement off Kangundo Road on the outskirts of Nairobi, is characterised by tall acacia trees and vast savannah grassland. River Athi, which snakes through the area, adds to its richness that members of Kamulu Youth Self-Empowerment Project (KYSEP) are cashing in on. The 11-member group, that has …

Giving agricultural skills to school pupils

July 23rd, 2015 / FarmBiz, Africa

Mwangaza Farmers Group Organization (MFAGRO) a local organization in Vihiga County has introduced practical agriculture lessons in public primary schools in the region in a bid to impart farming skills to the young generation, making them to actively participate in food production.  Read …

Supporting smallholder farmers in climate change mitigation

July 20th, 2015 / IFAD, Italy

This report argues that helping farmers adapt to the impacts of climate change can also significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The study finds that mitigation could be another benefit of adaptation activities. It examines portfolio of projects focused on making smallholder agriculture more resilient to climate change.  Read …

Boost to cassava production in Nigeria

July 16th, 2015 / This Day, Nigeria

A Corporate Social Responsibility initiative of the British America Tobacco Foundation (BATF) aimed at encouraging Nigerian farmers is yielding results in Oyo State. Beyond tobacco, which is the primary raw material of the BAT, the company’s decision to support the production of other cash crops is already making impact on …

Anti-poverty pioneer Sir Fazle Hasan Abed wins 2015 World Food Prize

July 6th, 2015 / BBC

The founding chairman of a leading rural development and anti-poverty organisation, based in Bangladesh, has won the 2015 World Food Prize. Sir Fazle Hasan Abed established Brac in 1972, which has since helped nearly 150 million people out of poverty. The judging panel recognised his lifetime commitment to empowering women …

Project to build resilient farming systems in West Africa

June 29th, 2015 / SciDev.net, UK

A large-scale project that seeks to help smallholders adapt to climate change by practising agricultural systems that integrate tree planting, rearing of livestock and crop production has begun in West Africa. The Building Resilient Agro-forestry Pastoral Systems through Participatory Action Research (BRAS-PAR) project aims to improve the understanding of farmers’ …

Intercropping potato and peas, earning year round income

June 29th, 2015 / Farmbiz Africa

A farmer in Molo is growing potato seeds and intercropping with garden peas, in a classic crop rotation model that not only improves soil fertility but also ensures her of an year round source of income. Having traditionally relied on potato seeds from the previous harvest for planting, Ann Chepngeno …