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...

Biowaste briquettes fuel drive to save trees

Banana stems, maize and other crop waste will be turned into charcoal briquettes in Uganda in an effort to reduce the number of...

Q&A: Calestous Juma and African innovation

Harvard globalisation professor Calestous Juma talks to SciDev.Net about how to get Africa's wealth of innovation making an impact Calestous Juma, director of the Science,...

Kenya: Agriculture Scientists in short supply

Kenya faces a shortage of crop and animal husbandry experts, a hurdle that is likely to stall progress in search of drought and pest-resistant...

“Sutherlandia” plant begins HIV drug safety trials

  A traditional medicine that may relieve symptoms in AIDS patients is to undergo safety and efficacy tests in South Africa. The department of science and technology...

Sub-Saharan Africa Tech news in brief: 27 January–9 February 2011

Below is a roundup of Tech news from or about Sub-Saharan Africa for the period 27 January–9 February 2011 Africa to benefit from nutrition research...

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