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Invisible irrigators: how small-scale Tanzanian farmers are making a difference

January 25th, 2017 / The Conversation, UK

Despite increased efforts to expand irrigation in Tanzania, the country is still well below its declared target of one million hectares of irrigated land. Or is it?
New research reveals that official statistics often don’t include irrigation set up and run by individual farmers. This would appear to be good news, …

Mastercard launch mobile marketplace for Africa’s agricultural sectors

January 20th, 2017 / African Farming, UK

In Nairobi, Kenya, on 17 January, Mastercard launched 2KUZE, which is Swahili for “let’s grow together.” The marketplace will enable farmers to buy, sell and receive payments for agricultural goods via feature phones. The platform will bring together the benefits and security of mobile commerce and payments to famers in …

Arabica coffee genome sequenced

January 19th, 2017 / UC Davies, US

The first public genome sequence for Coffea arabica, the species responsible for more than 70 percent of global coffee production, was released today by researchers at the University of California, Davis.
Funding for the sequencing was provided by Suntory group, an international food and beverage company based in Tokyo.
Now available for …

Improved agricultural technologies for improved livelihoods in Tanzania

January 5th, 2017 / Africa Rising

How switching to improved agricultural technologies like hybrid maize varieties and application of bladed fertilizers catalyzed a young female farmer’s dramatic rise from an off-season casual laborer to a champion farmer in rural Tanzania.
Of the different technologies she was introduced to, two stand out in 22-year-old Siza Mkini’s opinion – …

Youth encouraged to practice modern farming, beekeeping

December 16th, 2016 / Tanzania Daily News

Tanzanians have been encouraged to exercise farming and bee keeping at the same time due to the fact that the business has many advantages including environmental protection.
Speaking to youth who visited former Premier Mizengo Pinda’s farm bees, the officer in charge of the farm, Mr Singu Mayaya said investing on …

Global fertilizer industry players accelerate action on innovation

October 12th, 2016 / The Exchange, Tanzania

Actors in the global fertilizer industry are accelerating action on partnerships, investments and innovation towards improving fertilizer access and trade in Africa to boost food security currently threatened by climate change.
Speaking at the CRU Africa Fertilizer Agribusiness conference, Minister Tizeba invited the private sector to explore the available opportunities in …

Tanzania’s first trial of GM crops has begun

October 10th, 2016 / MIT Technology Review, US

Many African countries are prime candidates for the kinds of hardy crops made possible by genetic engineering, but few have embraced them wholeheartedly. This week, though, seeds were sown as part of Tanzania’s first-ever trial of genetically modified crops, providing a glimmer of hope for the technology’s prospects across the …

Weather forecast for Southern Africa predicts good rainfall

September 20th, 2016 / bizcommunity, South Africa

The forecast for the 2016/17 cropping season in Southern Africa indicates that most parts of the region can expect adequate rainfall after two successive years of debilitating droughts. n the period October to December most of the region is expected to receive a high amount of rain, characterised as “normal …

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 …

Blocking solutions to hunger and poverty is criminal, says former Tanzanian Minister

August 24th, 2016 / Sunrise, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Henry Lutaaya reports: There is no more justification to delay access to life-saving modern agricultural technologies for poor farmers by ‘comfortable’ politicians and civil society activists, a prominent Tanzanian former minister has warned.
Ugandan scientists have previously expressed frustration at the government’s failure to enact a law to facilitate …