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Boosting plants’ uptake of vitamins and minerals

February 26th, 2019 / The Scientist, US

The corn Elsbeth Walker grows looks a bit strange. Its leaves are streaked with yellow, instead of being entirely green. This yellow-streaked corn is a mutant that has trouble taking in iron, making it hard for the plant to create chlorophyll, a green pigment involved in photosynthesis.

Walker, a molecular biologist at the …

Distribution of sweet potato planting material is a good investment

February 13th, 2019 / International Potato Centre

Orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) is an excellent source of beta-carotene, which becomes vitamin A in the body. The crop can thus be a lifesaver for children during their first 1000 days, when vitamin A is essential for the development of good eyesight and good health. Vitamin A is also vital for …

AGCO and BMZ support farm mechanisation in Sub-Saharan Africa

January 24th, 2019 / African Farming

AGCO, Your Agriculture Company, a global manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment and solutions, has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to implement a joint agricultural project in Africa.

The potential project, subject to further talks, aims to make …

Continent in an uptrend

January 24th, 2019 / Eine Welt ohne Hunger (A World without Hunger)

President of AGRA, Dr. Agnes Kalibata writes:

There is no doubt that Africa is already on an upward trajectory. Per-capita income in sub-Saharan Africa grew by 35% between 2000 and 2014 and poverty rates are falling, with the percentage of people living on less than $1.90 a day declining from 54% …

Tech alone ‘won’t raise farm yields’

November 2nd, 2018 / SciDev.net

• African smallholders face challenges including rural-urban migration
• To help smallholders increase yields, strong institutions should aid innovations
• Technology should help spur yields and farm operations, says an expert
Technological innovations such as use of mobile phones to aid farming are unlikely to increase yields unless strong institutions exist, an …

Women, youth must be at the heart of food security agenda for a hunger-free nation

October 15th, 2018 / Daily Nation, Kenya

Over the last five years, the rate of rural-urban migration among the youth has reached unprecedented levels with policy makers warning that if allowed to persist, it could hit epidemic proportions with irreversible impacts.
With eight out every 10 unemployed Kenyans being young person of between 18 and 34 years, the …

Unleashing the power of women farmers in Africa, and beyond

August 31st, 2018 / TRT World

Kenya has set a small, but great, example of how governments on the African continent can empower women to realise the immense potential of agriculture on the continent.
The government of Kenya recently launched an affirmative action policy to preferentially award 30 percent of government ministry tenders to women-owned businesses in …

Small-scale horticulture project transforming lives in Kenya

August 28th, 2018 / AllAfrica

Kenya has one of the most dynamic and innovative economies in sub-Saharan Africa. A decade after going through a food crisis and in the aftermath of the drought in 2016-2017, the country aims to achieve self-sufficiency in food products such as maize, tomato, cabbage, rice, beans, milk and meat. This …

Youth, women hold agribusiness power

August 21st, 2018 / Daily Nation, Kenya

There are two strong arguments — pragmatic and strategic — on why we need to get greater women and youth involvement in agriculture.
Let’s deal with the pragmatic first. Women make up half of the population and provide 40 per cent of the labour in crop production in Africa. Moreover, Africa …

Women’s cooperatives boost agriculture and savings in rural Ethiopia

August 3rd, 2018 / AllAfrica

Through women’s cooperatives, a joint UN programme provides training in agricultural techniques, improved seeds and time-saving machinery, while also granting loans and encouraging saving.
n most parts of the Dodola district, 300 km south of Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, slow-moving oxen plowing opens stretches of farmland. But in one field, a …