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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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Mozambique: New UN Initiative to Boost Crop Yields

A new United Nations initiative in Mozambique aimed at increasing the quality of seeds will help the African country capitalize on its arable land and unlock its potential, the Organization’s agricultural agency announced today.

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Tool helps farmers anticipate their future climate

[DURBAN] Marginalised farmers in the developing world may soon be able to ‘see’ into the future through a tool that will help them adapt to climate change by simulating how their crop production will be affected 20 years from now.

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FAO project helps Kenyan farmers withstand drought

Farm investments today can prevent food security crises tomorrow. With the October rainy season starting, FAO is helping more than 5,000 vulnerable farming households in eastern Kenya terrace their fields to conserve rain water for crop use and prevent the soils from being washed away. They are also building simple dams for better harvesting of rain water.

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