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New technologies can reduce post-harvest losses, end aflatoxin infestation

June 23rd, 2016 / AllAfrica.com

From infestation to mold, inadequate storage facilities often lead to large grain losses in many countries, hampering efforts to improve national food security for the poorest families. Even efforts by national governments across Africa to store grain in large quantities have often yielded disappointing results. Read …

Agribusiness in Africa: CEOs weigh in

June 16th, 2016 / How we made it in Africa

The biggest opportunity for growth over the next year, according to Africa’s agribusiness CEOs, is the improved penetration of markets in which they already operate. The biggest barrier to growth? Access to technology. Read …

African agri-business needs investment

June 14th, 2016 / World Bulletin, Turkey

Agriculture in Africa has not only suffered from underinvestment and limited research but also from a lack of technology and services for farmers, according to experts.
Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU) President Evelyn Nguleka told Anadolu Agency unless agricultural practices change “the entire African continent is at risk of falling into …

New alliance will help African agri-businesses

April 18th, 2016 / Cambridge News, UK

Africa’s agriculture sector presents vast opportunities for socioeconomic development. With a world population increasing by a further two billion by 2050, global food production must double. However, investment in sub-Saharan African remains a fraction of what is needed. One of the main obstacles has been the lack of reliable information …

Farmers tipped on using E-tags to determine seed quality

April 18th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

The USAID Feed the Future Uganda programme is training farmers on how to use electronic branding technology to identify genuine seeds and agro-inputs. Speaking at the Kakasa national farmers competition finals last week in Kampala, Dr Rita Ojok Laker, the country chief of party, said the special electronic branding allows …

Zambia first country to create a smart farming training centre

April 18th, 2016 / SABC, South Africa

Zambia has become the first country in the world to create a smart farming training centre. The AGCO-Zambia Agriculture Training Centre launched this week will fast-track the country’s agricultural sector into the 21st century- as it moves away from its dependence on copper. Farmers will be taught how to use …

Digital technology cloud hangs over every African farm

March 7th, 2016 / East African, Kenya

The digital cloud is high above every smallholder farm in Africa. We have the opportunity to bring the power of the cloud down to earth, and transform the ability of smallholder farmers to access finance, information and markets as never before. On Monday, a landmark edition of the international journal …

Accelerating change for smallholders with digital technology

February 6th, 2016 / Can we feed the world, UK

The fourth revolution, ‘Industry 4.0’, will build on the digital revolution, but there is work to be done on bringing the digital revolution to developing countries, particularly to rural areas. Digital technology has the potential to accelerate change and reduce isolation, while agricultural development has the potential to support the …

West Africa: Using SMS Texts to Provide Weather Forecasts for Small Farmers

December 23rd, 2015 / AllAfrica.com

Ignitia, a high-tech social enterprise, has joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA) with a commitment to deliver reliable, targeted, low-cost tropical weather forecasts via text messages to 1.2 million small-scale farmers in West Africa by the end of 2017. BCtA is a global initiative that encourages companies to fight …

Extreme weather to foil Sahel knowledge

December 7th, 2015 / SciDev.net

Technology and expertise from outside are needed to support traditional knowledge and help people in Africa’s arid Sahel region cope with climate change, according to researchers. A side event at COP 21, the UN’s climate change summit in Paris, France, heard that those living in the region have …