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The world needs to live up to promises made on biodiversity. Here’s how

March 5th, 2018 / World Economc Forum, Switzerland

Cristiana Pasca Palmer, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity writes:
The signs that we are damaging the planet are everywhere. Denuded forests empty of animals, plastic pollution clogging the oceans, and fewer bees to pollinate our crops, are all testament to the failure of our model of production and consumption to …

Data can help to end malnutrition across Africa

March 5th, 2018 / Nature, UK

Kofi Annan writes:
In 2000, the United Nations hosted the largest gathering of political leaders ever held. At that meeting, all 189 UN member states, plus leading development institutions, committed to the Millennium Development Goals, a set of eight ambitious goals for lifting more than one billion people worldwide out of …

Misery for farmers as coffee trees wilt

March 5th, 2018 / Sunrise, Uganda

By B4FA Fellow Henry Lutaaya
In September last year, Godfrey Ssekankya, a prominent coffee farmer from Miseebe, Bulera sub-county Mityana District, had high hopes of getting a good yield from his coffee farm come round this harvest season starting April. The sense of optimism arose from the heavy flowering he witnessed, …

Planting for food, jobs will fail if…

March 2nd, 2018 / My Joy Online, Ghana

As the government works to implement its flagship program, Planting for Food and Jobs, a soil science and water engineering expert at the University of Cape Coast is cautioning government that the policy could fail should irrigation farming and the creation of dams be ignored.
According to Prof. Livingstone Sam …

Youth-led research highlights key challenges facing young people developing and adopting agricultural technology

March 1st, 2018 / Pan-African Visions

Young African innovators are taking charge of their future and designing innovative agricultural technologies despite lacking access to finance, innovation hubs, and information according to a new report released by the Mastercard Foundation Youth Think Tank. At a launch organized by Restless Development in partnership with the Foundation, 14 youth …

How to put the youth back in agriculture

March 1st, 2018 / BizCommunity, South Africa

Misconceptions about working in agriculture have long bogged down the number of young people opting for a career in this industry. Africa’s young population is often discouraged by the image of punishing work and poor, weather-beaten farmers, so attracting youth to agriculture is no small feat. However, new technologies, methods …

New climate-smart technologies will boost agriculture and jobs in West Africa

February 27th, 2018 / UN Climate Action

A new programme is being launched to equip farmers in Africa with climate-smart agricultural tools and technologies.
The project is being rolled out by CORAF, a West African research institute, with the support of the World Bank.
It seeks to place innovative technologies in the hands of farmers to better protect them …

Fighting plant pests

February 26th, 2018 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali writes:
Pests are described as insects, bacteria, viruses, birds, and rodents that destroy crops by eating them or by infecting them with diseases.
They are often a nuisance which results in huge losses for the farmer. They can damage the crop when it is growing in the …

Namibia: San embrace permaculture for food security

February 23rd, 2018 / The Namibian

The San community living in the Nyae Nyae Conservancy and Community Forest has embarked on an initiative to pioneer new farming techniques in efforts to enhance food security.
The community, according to a media statement issued last week by the Nyae Nyae Development Foundation, has been expanding its agricultural activities to …

Chemical-free, low-cost crop storage bags that preserve food longer now commercially available

February 23rd, 2018 / Purdue University, US

The internationally recognized Purdue Improved Crop Storage (PICS) bag, a specially designed bag to prevent insect-caused post-harvest losses for farmers in developing countries, is now commercially available for farmers worldwide.
The PICS technology, which received funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is a triple layer sealed plastic bag that …