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Nairobi farmer champions vegetable farming with soilless medium

June 19th, 2015 / Farmbiz Africa

Box-farmer Victor Barasa mixed a soilless medium of dry leaves, charcoal dust and other ingredients that will be made available after patenting process. According to Barasa the medium is highly nutritious and one does not need any fertilizer. The Soilless medium is ideal for a number of leafy green …

The rise of Africa’s super vegetables

June 12th, 2015 / Nature, UK

Indigenous vegetables are in vogue. They fill shelves at large supermarkets even in Nairobi, and seed companies are breeding more of the traditional varieties every year. Kenyan farmers increased the area planted with such greens by 25% between 2011 and 2013. Demand has boomed – welcome news for agricultural researchers and nutritional …

Cabbages trump coffee for Tanzania’s climate-stressed farmers

May 21st, 2015 / Reuters

The 72-year-old farmer from Moshi Rural district in Tanzania’s northern Kilimanjaro region depended for decades on coffee farming. But climate shifts, together with a rust disease that causes trees to shrink and become unproductive, have decimated his yields. So he’s turned to cabbages, onions, lettuce and potatoes – and he …