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Reality TV show gives Kenyan farms a makeover

Kenya farmers receive valuable tips on how to shape up their farms Flickr/CIAT International Center for Tropical Agriculture

This article was originally published on the SciDev.Net Website 23 May 2012. An innovative approach to education in agriculture has been launched in an unusual guise. Kenyan small holders reveal everyday problems they encounter on their farm and then receive expert advice on how to solve them in the form of a TV show. A Kenyan reality television show is working to …

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South Asia gets climate-smart learning platform

A new learning platform aims to facilitate the sharing of ‘climate-smart’ agriculture practices that address growing concerns about food security, climate change adaptation and mitigation in South Asia. The Climate Smart Agriculture Learning Platform for South Asia was launched last month (23 April) by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). It will provide opportunities …

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Brazil approves latest Forest Code

After two years of negotiations, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies has approved the country’s controversial ‘Forest Code’. The legislationregulates land use and allows for the creation of boundaries within which native vegetation should be preserved. Changes to the legislation were first proposed ten years ago, and a decision in March was delayed (see Delay for Brazil’s Forest Code in Spanish). This week (25 …

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Farmers in Africa should switch to biopesticides

Biopesticides are better and safer than chemical pesticides — policymakers must do more to promote them, says insect ecologist Manuele Tamò. Agriculture is, and will remain for years to come, the main driver of economic development in Africa. Vegetables such as cowpea in West Africa and the common bean in East Africa are an important source of cash and nutrition. Vegetable and horticultural …

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SA: Young people urged to become farmers

Polokwane – Limpopo Agriculture MEC Jacob Marule has encouraged young people to become farmers and form farming cooperatives. Marule was speaking during the recent launch of the Mamasemphamo Cooperative in Ga Hlahla village outside Polokwane. “The youth in this area and Limpopo are encouraged to enter the agricultural sector – to demystify the notion that agriculture is for old people. …

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World Cocoa Foundation African Cocoa Initiative Will Benefit 100,000 Families

ACCRA, Ghana — The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), the U.S. government’s Feed the Future Initiative, and the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) officially launched the WCF African Cocoa Initiative (WCF/ACI) in a ceremony co-hosted with the Ghana Cocoa Board and key African stakeholders, including regional government officials and NGO partners. This Global Development Alliance partnership, supported by Feed the Future through …

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Gates urges digital revolution in fight against hunger

Microsoft founder Bill Gates on Thursday called for a “digital revolution” to alleviate world hunger by increasing agricultural productivity through satellites and genetically-engineered seed varieties. “We have to think hard about how to start taking advantage of the digital revolution that is driving innovation including in farming,” the U.S. billionaire philanthropist said in a speech at the UN rural poverty …

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Tanzania: Fighting Poverty With Butterflies

When one thinks of farming, butterflies are not the first commodity that comes to mind. But in Tanzania, this unlikely crop is cultivated to help conserve threatened forests and provide an alternative income to more than 250 farmers.

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Technology Firm Woos Farmers With Records Automation

Technology firm Mobipay has launched a system that it says will elevate farmers’ record-keeping and improve access to credit.

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Zimbabwe: WFP buy local scheme helps farmers

HARARE, 27 December 2011 (IRIN) – Veteran small-scale farmer Trynos Mamombe has returned to maize farming after two years, thanks to a multi-partner initiative which is helping him to market his crop and get paid for it promptly.

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