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Doubled-up legume technologies in conservation agriculture show potential for scale up

May 18th, 2017 / Africa Rising

Smallholder farming systems in southern Africa are faced with challenges such as declining soil fertility, low productivity and profitability and the increased need to adapt to climate variability and change. Sustainable intensification of both legume- and maize-based farming systems is needed to increase food, nutrition and income security for smallholders.
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Zambia’s women contribute to cassava growing boom

April 18th, 2017 / AllAfrica.com

Born in a small town of Mufulira, on the Copper Belt province of Zambia in 1960, Winnie Nachivula, is making a mark in the cassava production in Zambia which currently stands at over 1 million metric tonnes per year, making it the most important crop grown in Zambia after maize.
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Fall armyworm threatens livelihoods in Africa

February 28th, 2017 / Southern Times, Zimbabwe

African plant and animal disease experts held a crisis meeting in Harare last week on the spiraling fall armyworm outbreak which is destroying maize crops and posing a major threat to food security and agricultural trade in east, central and southern Africa.
The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation together with the …

After the devastating drought, armyworm could be our next agricultural disaster

February 5th, 2017 / Huffington Post, South Africa

The 2016/17 summer crop production season started on a slightly positive note for Southern Africa’s agricultural sector, after emerging from a devastating drought in the 2015/16 season. For South Africa, there are already promising indications that the country could retain its status as a net exporter of maize.
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Addressing smallholder farmers’ needs with green manure cover crops and agroforestry

January 30th, 2017 / Africa Rising

In Africa, mineral fertilizer remains a scarce, expensive, and risky resource for most smallholder farmers. On average, farmers use less than 10 kg/ha of NPK fertilizer; and many do not apply it at all. The price of fertilizer is 3-5 times higher in Africa than in Europe due to the …

How Breeding Improved Local Bean Varieties Accelerates Food and Nutritional Security in Zambia

August 26th, 2016 / Agrilinks, US

Efforts have been made by the national Zambian legume program to introduce improved, higher yielding varieties which were developed at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). Unfortunately, adoption of these varieties is low because the seed types are not generally preferred by Zambian consumers (like my mom). As …

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 …

Africa gets new centre for agricultural innovation

January 22nd, 2016 / SciDev.net, UK

A new research centre that will help African countries promote innovation in the agricultural sector to combat rural poverty and hunger has been inaugurated. The Green Innovation Center, which was inaugurated at AfricaRice in Benin this month (3 January), aims to boost agricultural productivity, increase the incomes of smallholder farmers …

Growing the seeds of change in Zambia

October 5th, 2015 / AllAfrica

A photoessay documenting the Pache Pache Seed Growers Association in Zambia, who grow improved seed with the support of Afriseeds – a seed company initially funded by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). The association grows a number of bean varieties, cowpeas, soya, groundnuts and maize and …

Zambia launches widespread sales of Vitamin A maize

August 14th, 2015 / Harvest Plus

Zambia reached a major milestone yesterday by officially launching commercial sales of vitamin A maize. It marks the first time that this orange maize variety, first introduced in select provinces three years ago, will be widely available to consumers across the country to purchase. Maize, the predominant staple food …