Zambia scales up agriculture e-voucher scheme

Zambian farmers could gain faster access to agricultural products and services with an  electronic voucher scheme. The 'e-voucher project' — the first of its...

DRC: It pays to go green

IBI, 29 November 2010 (IRIN) - Olivier Mushiete sees himself as a pioneer: His ever-expanding acacia forest on the Bateké plateau, 120km east of...

Africa: Plant clinics must take root in poor countries

Community-based plant clinics should be part of a health system for plants, say agriculture experts Solveig Danielsen and Frank Matsiko. Food security, the production of...

Egypt: Green algae boost wheat yields, say scientists

A substance derived from green algae has boosted wheat productivity by a quarter, according to Egyptian scientists. 'Gorn 19' was invented by an Egyptian...

Reality check for ‘miracle’ biofuel crop

The hardy jatropha tree as a biofuel source may not be the panacea for smallholders that some have claimed, say Miyuki Iiyama and James Onchieku. It...

Africa lays foundations for commercial GM crops

African nations should support proposed regional policy guidelines on GM technology, says an editorial in Nature. Under the new proposal from the Common Market for Eastern and...

AFRICA: Thinking big on climate change modelling

ADDIS ABABA, 13 October 2010 (IRIN) - If African countries had had the capacity to do climate change projections, their data could have been...

Uganda starts ‘historic’ trials on GM staple crop

Ugandan researchers will carry out a series of field trials on some of the major food crops that have been genetically modified (GM),...

Water storage requires evidence-based approach

Coping with climate change requires a greater understanding of the options for water storage, writes hydrology expert Matthew McCartney. The lack of water is a major...

Green Revolution plan agreed at Ghana meeting

A private sector-led drive to contribute to a 'Green Revolution' in Africa took a step forward last week with the agreement of a "very...

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