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New maize seeds impress farmers as yields improve

Tanzania - A new maize variety is expected to combat food scarcity in Geita where pests and drought ravage crops...

By Elias Msuya 12 Apr 2018

Two major crop scourges are hybridising to produce a new mega-pest

Australian scientists have found evidence that two of the world's most damaging pests have hybridised to create a dangerous mega-pest with pesticide-resistant genes and warn that its spread throughout the global agricultural community could be devastating...

By Rich Haridy 10 Apr 2018

We know how food production needs to change if crisis is to be avoided - so why isn't this happening?

Business as usual is no longer an option for food and agriculture. The global agriculture system will have to be radically transformed to avoid further environmental and social problems...

By Nina Moeller & Michel Pimbert 27 Mar 2018

Kenya launches pan-African skills development programme in agriculture sector

The two-year programme, targeting mid-level professionals working in the agriculture sector across sub-Saharan Africa, seeks to strengthen the capacity of Africa's young professionals to revolutionise agriculture value chains grappling with skills gap and low technology uptake...

13 Mar 2018

Can the digital revolution transform agriculture?

Digital solutions have huge potential for helping farmers boost productivity and connect to financial tools and markets around the world...

By Heinz Strubenhoff and Roy Parizat 8 Mar 2018

A new life for olive oil waste

Scientists have devised a process of converting olive mill wastewater into biofuel, fertiliser and clean water...

By Ben Coxworth 5 Mar 2018

Plant breeding lessons for Africa

ACB has shared a new report, A review of participatory plant breeding and lessons for African seed and food sovereignty movements, which considers the role of smallholder farmers in plant breeding activities in partnership with formal public sector breeders...

5 Mar 2018

Africa needs to explore opportunities across the food chain to create enough jobs for youth

Countries need to promote a rural and structural transformation that fosters synergies between farm and non-farm activities and that reinforces the linkages between rural areas and cities - including processing, packaging, transportation, distribution, marketing and service provision...

26 Feb 2018

More Farmer Field Schools: Ongoing agricultural education needed to meet challenges

Demand across the world for Farmer Field Schools are increasing due to their ability to help smallholder farmers cope with complex challenges...

15 Feb 2018

Towards a food-secure Africa

"To achieve food sufficiency and turn the continent into a net food exporter, Africa must empower smallholder farmers, who constitute 70% of the population and produce 80% of the food consumed in the continent."

By Raphael Obonyo 12 Feb 2018

Why farmers should consider drip irrigation

Drip irrigation increases oxygen level at the root zone by more than 100 times aiding plants in absorbing nutrients and water. The crop to be grown is the first thing to consider when going into drip irrigation...

By Safina Buhari 26 Jan 2018

Ready or not, technology rings the changes for African agricultural sector

Smart farming isn't a new emerging tech conversation and, on a global level, we have reached a point where the actual benefits of technology deployments in farming are being seen... the digital disruptor in farming is already here...

By Josua Taljaard 11 Jan 2018

Reduce pesticides use with sustainable farming methods

Farmers need to avoid the consistent use of plant protection products (PPPs) that could hinder soils functions and ecosystems. Instead, farmers should adopt better alternative farming practices...

By Sam Otieno 4 Jan 2018

African solutions urgently sought for agricultural revolution

GMO technology could kick-start "an agricultural revolution" in Africa, but the continent's failure to invest in agriculture could create an opportunity for companies such as Monsanto, Bayer and others...

By Hans Wetzels 3 Jan 2018

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