Phone cartoons bring know-how to poor farmers

Animated cartoons watched on mobile phones could be the way to get health and farming messages across to peasants and poor smallholders, say...

Ghana shares cocoa know-how with Liberia

Liberia's cocoa industry, destroyed by its recent civil war, could be revitalised by a collaboration with Ghana, one of the world's major cocoa producers. Representatives...

Small-scale support counts for social science in Africa

Solving Africa's problems needs not just technology, but social science — and a culture of debate, says Jonathan Harle. Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa face numerous challenges —...

New program aims to spur farm science innovation across East Africa

Launched at the International Livestock Research Institute: Bioresources Innovations Network for Eastern Africa Development (Bio-Innovate) Program NAIROBI (16 March 2011)—A new program that provides grants...

Sub-Saharan Africa tech news in brief: 24 February–9 March 2011

Below is a round up of tech news from or about Sub-Saharan Africa for the period 24 February–9 March 2011 African Academy of Sciences appoints...

KENYA: Improving yields key to boosting rice farmers’ livelihoods

AHERO, 3 March 2011 (IRIN) - After spending Ksh35,000 (US$437) on his 0.4 hectare rice plantation - preparing the land, paying for water, transplanting...

DFID and Gates team up for agricultural research

A windfall of US$40 million to fund global research on a deadly strain of wheat rust that is threatening the world's wheat supply was...

Rwandan research will boost agricultural productivity

The Rwandan government plans to boost agricultural production through its Crop Intensification Programme (CIP) and a range of post-harvest measures to reduce waste...

South Africa: KZN agricultural sector set for revival

Durban - The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government will take advantage of the potential in the agricultural sector to increase its contribution to the regional economy. This...

Sub-Saharan Africa tech news in brief: 10–23 February 2011

Below is a roundup of tech news from or about Sub-Saharan Africa for the period 10–23 February 2011 New soybean varieties changing farmers' fortunes in...

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