Tag Archives: Agriculture

Patents fail to boost crop yields

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By SciDev.Net – Jan Piotrowski Policies that secure intellectual property rights (IPRs) for agricultural innovations often fail to encourage technology transfer to developing countries or increase crop yields, a study shows. “Intellectual property rights are not all they are cracked up to be,” says David Spielman, a co-author of the study and researcher at the International Food Policy Research Institute, …

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SA: Farming a viable career for youth

Candith Mashego-Dlamini

By – SAnews.gov.za Pretoria – Rural Development and Land Reform Deputy Minister Candith Mashego-Dlamini says farming should be presented as a viable career option so that youth can take up the many opportunities that exist. Speaking at an imbizo held in Winterveldt, north of Pretoria, Deputy Minister Mashego-Dlamini said children and youth must be taught about farming because they are …

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USAID and Partners Announce Winners of Agriculture Innovation Competition


Innovators that address global climate change, gender equity, and agriculture’s need for clean energy receive up to $2 million in funding and acceleration support. Today, Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development announced 13 new finalists for the development and expansion of game-changing, clean-energy technologies that will enable farmers and agribusinesses to increase food production and the value of …

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Edible insects inch one step closer

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By SciDev.Net – Andrea Rinaldi Farming insects on a large scale is no more of a biological or chemical hazard than other livestock farming, says a report by a European food safety body. The report, which looks at the potential of insects as food or animal feed, says the microbiological, chemical and environmental risks of insect farming are similar to …

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E Cape should take up opportunities in agriculture

The Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mzwandile Masina

By – SAnews.gov.za Pretoria – The Eastern Cape should take advantage of its strength in agriculture and become a leading agro-processing hub in South Africa, says Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Mzwandile Masina. “It is important for everyone to note that the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) is there to create an enabling environment for all our aspirant …

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Cameroon dedicates $20 million to support national agricultural development


Cameroon dedicates $20 million to support national agricultural development / Historic new cooperation program established between government and FAO Cameroon and FAO today signed two agreements: one creating a $20 million, five-year Partnership Programme aimed at promoting agricultural development in the Central African nation, the other establishing an expanded Partnership and Liaison office here in the capital. The agreements were …

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WATG Helps Fund Innovative Program Aimed at Assisting Ethiopian Agriculture

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Donation to SDSU’s Zahn Innovation Center supports development for unique teff thresher equipment. As an award-winning, visionary design firm, WATG has enjoyed great success over the years in creating internationally acclaimed destinations. With a track record of “designing experiences that lift the spirit” now spanning 70 years and 160 countries, WATG strives to design destinations that reflect both the environmental …

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How the media can get agri-tech on the radar

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By Natalie Heng Better journalism can benefit farmers all over the world, raising awareness about major ethical issues, such as the use of genetically modified strains, but also informing smallholders about new technologies that can improve productivity. These are the conclusions of a panel discussion organised by SciDev.Net, in partnership with the Cornell Alliance for Science, on 10 June, at …

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The African Union Commission and FAO establish effective knowledge platforms between IGAD member States


The African Union Commission and FAO establish effective knowledge platforms between IGAD member States. / A major regional initiative towards building resilience in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the African Union Commission (AUC) on the implementation of the Regional Initiative on …

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IMF Executive Board Concludes 2015 Article IV Consultation with Somalia


On July 27, 2015, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation with Somalia. 1 Since 1991, Somalis have suffered greatly from civil war. The economy deteriorated as the physical infrastructure was destroyed. In addition to the loss of lives, the war worsened the population’s living conditions, now among the lowest in the world. …

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