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Government vows to tackle armyworm

November 5th, 2017 / The Herald, Zimbabwe

Government has secured knapsack sprayers that will be distributed to smallholder farmers in an attempt to fight the risk which might be caused by the fall armyworm this season. This development comes after chiefs told President Mugabe when he attended their annual meeting in Bulawayo last week that their subjects …

Researchers work on drought-tolerant maize for Africa

October 4th, 2017 / VOA News

In Zimbabwe, researchers say they are breeding maize that is drought and heat resistant as part of efforts to fight hunger across Africa, where maize is a staple food.
In Hezekaya Village in Gokwe, about 200 kilometers west of Harare, cotton is what most people plant because it can grow in …

Zimbabwe and SA lose 1 million chickens to bird flu

August 9th, 2017 / AllAfrica.com

Zimbabwe and South Africa have lost over one million chickens to Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), it has been learnt.
The disease hit the two countries recently, threatening the livelihood and food security status of millions of families.
The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) confirmed the development in a statement after a …

‘Southern Africa must boost irrigation infrastructure’

April 28th, 2017 / The Herald, South Africa

Zimbabwe and the southern Africa region should take advantage of the recent good rains to beef up its irrigation infrastructure, tapping into the vast water bodies in order to increase yields and global competitiveness in agriculture.
Irrigation industry expert Edwin Mungure who is also Sales and Marketing manager at Almin Metal Industries said; …

Investing in Zimbabwe’s smallholder farmers

March 28th, 2017 / AllAfrica

The FAO has launched the Livelihood and Food Security Program to increase agricultural productivity, increase incomes, improve food and nutrition security, and reduce poverty in rural Zimbabwe. The project, which commenced in 2015, will ultimately be implemented in eight districts in the country.
Read …

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 …

Too much or not enough rain, we must manage soils and rainwater better

February 6th, 2017 / The Herald

Agro-ecologist, Franz Ulrich Fischer, who has experience working in southern Africa, told The Herald Business that several factors including population growth, changes in land use and deforestation had worsened the impact of extreme events, but damage could be curtailed.
“A key to addressing droughts and floods is looking closer to 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.
In the second …

Open letter to the Member States of the African Regional Protocol for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants

December 5th, 2016 / bulawayo24.com, Zimbabwe

A specific concern is that the Arusha Protocol provides very strong intellectual property rights to breeders of uniform varieties, at the expense of farmers’ rights. There is nothing in the Protocol or the draft Regulations that expressly safeguards the right of smallholder farmers in the ARIPO region to freely use, …

Why small grains continue to resist winner takes all commercialisation

November 10th, 2016 / NewsDay, Zimbabwe

From Mali to Zimbabwe and South Africa to Southern Sudan, small grains remain an integral part of mainstream local food systems.
There are many reasons why small grains continue to pack a huge socio-economic punch in many countries.
To revisit and stimulate a frank discussion on the power of small grains, eMKambo …