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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, …

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 …