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The One Acre Fund – energizing the Green Revolution in Africa

June 27th, 2015 / New York Times, US

“In the fight against global poverty, there are very few hugely powerful leverage points,” says One Acre Fund founder Andrew Youn. “The majority of the world’s poor people are farmers; they share one profession, and we figured out how to make that profession way more productive 50 years ago. There …

New hybrid finger millet released by Addis Ababa University

June 24th, 2015 / Farmbiz Africa

Cultivation of finger millet has over time been on a free fall in Ethiopia despite the immense nutritional benefits the crop has to humans. In most instances farmers have cited a lack of buoyant breeds. Now scientists have offered farmers a solution through provision of hybrid breeds. The scientists from …

Growing sunflower helped me invest

June 24th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

Having lost a husband and with young children to look after, life was uncertain for Rose Atim until she started growing sunflower. She told her story to B4FA Fellow Michael J Ssali. View …

100 multipurpose crop planters for women smallholder farmers

June 23rd, 2015 / YouTube

B4FA Fellow Noah Nash reports: the introduction of the multi-purpose crop planter seeks to address the inefficiencies in production, as well as cost of labour challenges among women smallholder farmers. USAID Ghana through the Agriculture Technology Transfer project has presented 100 multi-purpose crop planters to women smallholder farmers in the …

Sweet potatoes become food of choice in arid areas

June 22nd, 2015 / Farmbiz Africa

County governments and organizations working in Kenya’s arid areas are expressing appetite for sweet potatoes in a bid to balance between feeding population and livestock, as the versatile crop exhibits faster growing and replication traits. Read …

Is plant science the answer to improved food security?

June 22nd, 2015 / Earth Island Journal, US

In a world of climate change and growing global population, some researchers believe plants are key to adaptation. Nigel Taylor is attempting to genetically engineer a virus-resistant version of the plant, and is working with researchers in Uganda and Kenya, where cassava is a staple crop. Once created, this plant …

Youth are agriculture’s future

June 20th, 2015 / Mail & Guardian, South Africa

The farming sector is growing and facing major changes that increasingly require more skilled labour. Recent data from Stats SA shows that the agricultural sector was the leading job creator in the first quarter of 2015, adding 150 000 jobs. This is a significant achievement, considering the challenges within the …

Nairobi farmer champions vegetable farming with soilless medium

June 19th, 2015 / Farmbiz Africa

Box-farmer Victor Barasa mixed a soilless medium of dry leaves, charcoal dust and other ingredients that will be made available after patenting process. According to Barasa the medium is highly nutritious and one does not need any fertilizer. The Soilless medium is ideal for a number of leafy green …

Increasing smallholder farmer production, nutrition, and income

June 14th, 2015 / The Ethiopian Herald

Increasing smallholder farmer production through the adoption of modern agricultural practices and technologies is a key to meeting productivity targets. The proper technologies can ameliorate the efficiency of seed and fertilizer use, as well as reduce labour time and post-harvest losses, as they increase grain quality and incomes.  Read …

The rise of Africa’s super vegetables

June 12th, 2015 / Nature, UK

Indigenous vegetables are in vogue. They fill shelves at large supermarkets even in Nairobi, and seed companies are breeding more of the traditional varieties every year. Kenyan farmers increased the area planted with such greens by 25% between 2011 and 2013. Demand has boomed – welcome news for agricultural researchers and nutritional …