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African smallholders are adopting conservation agriculture techniques

September 14th, 2016 / Manitoba Co-operator, Canada

I saw maize that was green, tall, and thick, nothing like what we had seen along our drive through central Kenya.
This particular farm belongs to Jane Wanjiko, who has wholeheartedly adopted the principles of conservation agriculture on her three-quarters of an acre farm. She is using grass and cornstalks to …

Weather updates help farmers plan

September 14th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru reports: Weather affects many activities in agriculture, which means timely and accurate information is important for farmers. As such Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) issues seasonal forecasts and reports to enable planning and response. See …

Organic farming will not feed growing African population

September 14th, 2016 / ENCA, South Africa

Soil experts gathered in Nairobi for the ongoing African Green Revolution Forum have on Thursday, said that Africa has no choice but to use quality fertilisers to improve the soil quality to produce enough food.
The experts said that Africa cannot rely on organic farming to feed the rapidly growing population …

How agriculture can be intensified in Africa without causing harm

September 3rd, 2016 / The Conversation, UK

Conventional agriculture differs. It aims to maximise yields and economic returns. This is often done with little regard for the environment and the impact on society. Sustainable agriculture, on the other hand, is designed to address problems like environmental pollution from excessive use of fertilisers. It also tries to arrest …

Turning value addition into family business

September 3rd, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow, Michail Ssali reports: Farmers need some basic skills of food processing and preservation. In most cases, the farmers that try to process their food items end up selling them at better prices and earning higher profits. Food processing is basically about improving the storage life, quality and safety. …

Innovative use of fertilisers revives hope for Africa’s Green Revolution

September 2nd, 2016 / New Times, Rwanda

Phillip Tshuma is a happy farmer. Despite one of the worst droughts ever to hit his country, Zimbabwe, Tshuma’s maize and small grains harvests this year are 50 per cent more than they were in 2015, thanks to micro-dosing, the targeted application of small quantities of fertiliser in a field.
Using …

Nigeria: IITA trains 60 extension service providers over Cassava farming

September 1st, 2016 / 20read.com

B4FA Fellow Kate Obande reports: The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) on Tuesday said it had trained 60 extension service and spray providers in tackling weeds, especially in cassava farming. The training covers areas such as the Safe Use of Herbicides, Herbicides Safety and Application, Gender, Effective Meeting, Group …

A rice revolution for Africa?

August 31st, 2016 / IOL Business News, South Africa

The first hybrid rice varieties developed in sub-Saharan Africa are yielding up to four times more than other improved varieties, say scientists, who are using web-based tools to identify the right climate conditions to maximise harvests. The 15 hybrids, bred in Kenya and Tanzania, are also tolerant to diseases and …

How to ensure Africa’s irrigation boom benefits everyone

August 31st, 2016 / GFAR, Italy

Napandaela is a 63-year-old woman living in small village in northeastern Tanzania. Speaking of competition over water among villagers, she says: “In the face of water scarcity, upstream users and powerful individuals take as much water as they can and leave little for others.” Napandaela, a former chairperson of the …

SEND-Ghana demands more agric investment

August 30th, 2016 / SEND, Ghana

According to SEND-Ghana, and NGO, its research on investment in smallholder agriculture revealed the need for AU to revise the minimum threshold to push for additional direct investments to support the sector. See …