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With ‘worm juice,’ Kenya’s farmers boost their soil – and harvests

September 18th, 2018 / AllAfrica.com

Prolonged drought and storm-related flooding have combined to erode fertile soils in rural parts of Kenya
Stooped over a large plastic drum at his farm in southwestern Kenya, Josphat Macharia scoops up a handful of dirt and examines the worms writhing in his grip.
Satisfied, he replaces the worms and covers them …

How to make your own quality feeds

September 18th, 2018 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru writes:
Poultry keeping is becoming a lucrative farming initiative among farmers across the country, but there is a challenge of following the right practices to get better eggs and chicken to compete favourably on the market.
As such Scientists from Chonbuk National University under Korea International …

New technologies key to reforming Africa’s agriculture sector

September 17th, 2018 / Africa Times

Can drones save sub-Saharan Africa from starvation?
That’s the question being asked by scientists, engineers, climatologists and politicians as climate change radically alters weather patterns and temperatures on the African continent, posing new challenges to a sector that is being asked to feed a rapidly growing population while simultaneously adapting to …

How a technology scaled up to reach millions

September 17th, 2018 / Perdue University

Why do we turn on our radios? For music, entertainment and maybe for news, if we’re feeling virtuous. Hardly anyone in the United States would say they turn on their radios for the advertisements. But if you’re a farmer in Eastern or Western Africa, a radio advertisement could be the …

Cash transfer programming across Africa helps communities take charge of their own recovery

September 17th, 2018 / ReliefWeb

Cash-based interventions are transforming the way humanitarian aid is being delivered. We have seen a dramatic increase in the use of cash globally by 40 per cent between 2015 and 2016 (State of the World’s Cash Report, 2018). At least 28 countries in Africa have had some experience with cash-based …

SARI introduces new technology to boost yam production

September 17th, 2018 / The Graphic, Ghana

The Savanna Agricultural Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (SARI-CSIR) at Nyankpala in the Northern Region has introduced a new technology to boost yam production in the country.
The seed yam technology, known as Aeroponics System (AS), is to address the inadequate seed yam production for …

Why keep Africa’s dryland forests alive?

September 17th, 2018 / Mongabay

Small holder farmers from 6,000 Malian households have restored 320 hectares of land through a combination of on-farm natural tree regeneration, water harvesting, moisture retention technologies, improved soil filtration, and enhanced soil humus.
This is just one of many efforts currently underway to restore Africa’s dryland forests. There are many obstacles …

How to integrate African smallholder farmers into supply chain

September 12th, 2018 / African Business Magazine

Almost 70% of Africans make a living off agriculture and growth in the sector is eleven times more effective in reducing poverty than growth in any other. Development policy and private investment thus far have tended to focus on tangible assets: technology, mechanisation, fertilisers, finance and infrastructure. Yet the visibility …

Agriculture is the way out for Africa – Rockefeller Foundation

September 10th, 2018 / MoneyWeb, South Africa

Africa spent about $35 billion on food imports in 2016, and projections show that if left unchecked, the continent’s food import bill could to surge to $110 billion by 2025.
It’s a perplexing situation, given the continent’s stature as home to 50% of the world’s cultivatable land. How can the continent …

New initiative to boost smallholders’ climate resilience in the Horn of Africa

September 7th, 2018 / ReliefWeb

Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) have held the inception workshop for a new project that aims to buttress the capacities of smallholder farmers in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda to adapt and be more resilient …