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Africa’s food security challenges driving technological innovation

March 21st, 2017 / BIZCommunity, South Africa

Climate change, severe drought, water scarcity and the invasion of Fall armyworm sees Africa’s food security under threat, but technology tools are available to help solve the continent’s food security problems. Lawrence Kandaswami, Managing Director, SAP South Africa says: “Smart farming solutions will become the cornerstone of global food production …

Technology answer to Africa’s food security challenge, say scientists

March 9th, 2017 / Daily Nation, Kenya

Africa needs to embrace modern technology in Agriculture to ensure food security for its citizens.
Experts meeting in Addis Ababa with media practitioners from across the continent are concerned that crop farming has been left in the hands of older members of the society while the young generation seeks white collar …

9 agriculture technology startups to keep you fed

February 15th, 2017 / Nanalyze.com

The term “food security” is another way of saying that we might not have enough food to feed everyone on this shrinking planet. According to The World Bank, we need to produce at least 50% more food to feed 9 billion people by 2050. Any sort of problems we may …

Agricultural technology can’t be ignored – Kenya ‘on the brink’

February 10th, 2017

Kenya is on the brink of embracing biotechnology in agriculture. The MIT Technology Review made the claim in October: ‘Kenya is thought to be on the brink of reversing its ban on GM imports.’ The news and commentary website Grist said it in June: ‘Kenya is on the brink of …

‘Access to technologies’ key to food security

January 30th, 2017 / dw.com, Germany

For small-scale farming in Africa to be sustainable, farmers need better access to new technologies, says Agnes Kalibata, President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa See …

These 5 innovations will transform the lives of smallholder farmers

January 18th, 2017 / World Economic Forum

Ishmael Sunga, CEO of Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU) writes: From artificial intelligence, to precision agriculture, to the internet of things, emerging technologies have the potential to revolutionize the way food is consumed, handled and produced. But which technologies could most powerfully transform the lives of smallholder farmers? …

Climate change adaptation in agriculture: practices and technologies

October 11th, 2016 / Eldis.com

In 2014 the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), as part of its mandate to consider issues related to agriculture, decided to invite submissions from parties and observers, covering four topics, in 2015 and 2016. Of the two topics for …

State pledges Sh2 billion to encourage youth in agriculture

October 10th, 2016 / The Star, Kenya

The government has committed Sh2 billion to support youth in agriculture, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.
The President said the Sh2 billion Youth Fund would be used to train young people in new farming techniques.
“It will also be spent on new technology and management, so that through the entire agriculture value …

Application of science and technology to combat climate change in Africa

September 14th, 2016 / Ghana Web

There is no doubt that changes in the earth’s climate always occurs, however as a result of human induced activities over the years, the change is happening at a fast pace. This change is at the moment changing faster than it has happened for thousand years, according to a 2013 …

Technology will drive scientific progress in Africa not the other way round

August 22nd, 2016 / Quartz Africa

Calestous Juma writes: “The future of the African youth in the world of science and technology is increasingly being recognized. In his optimistic prognosis, the president of the University of Cambridge, Leszek Borysiewicz says Africa’s talented youth “will drive the science and technology agenda of the future.”
Realizing this vision, however, …