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ITEM: African farmers need the tools and technology to adapt to a changing climate

Cllimate change has condensed the cycles of devastating drought, and agriculture across Africa and the world is feeling the heat. Lack of rain in southern Africa delayed this year’s planting season by up to two months. Planted areas have shrunk, crops have wilted and food production in South Afric...


ITEM: Six innovations revolutionising farming

Agricultural production has tripled in half a century. To find out how, we crowdsourced new technology in smallholder farmingIn 1798, economist Thomas Malthus predicted that the world would exceed its food supply by the late 20th century. While he was right to identify the challenges of feeding...


ITEM: Sustainable Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa: “Lessons Learned” from the United States

The world population is projected to increase to more than 9 billion people by 2050, mainly in developing countries. Thus, it is important to know whether any supportable conclusions or “lessons learned” about sustainable agriculture practices or principles are transferable from one region to an...


ITEM: How low-tech farming innovations can make African farmers climate-resilient

Scientists, politicians and the Pope are not the only ones calling for action on climate change these days. Farmers are observing changes in rainfall, temperature and other patterns in weather that have spurred them into shifting their farming methods. In fact, while climate change is not a source o...


ITEM: How Africa can solve its food crisis

Does sustainable intensification mean large-scale, industrial agriculture, or can it build on the traditional methods of many African farmers?This week in Dublin, world leaders, policymakers and civil society representatives met to discuss the urgent and interrelated issues of hunger, nutrition...


ITEM: Nurturing New Opportunities for Fruit Farmers in East Africa

In the lush highlands of western Kenya, the farmers of Tiret Self-Help Group have planted the seeds that could hold the key to a better future.The 54-member farming cooperative began working with TechnoServe in August 2010 to improve their business skills and diversify into a new market opportunity:...


ITEM: Tropical fruits – Africa’s real diamonds are not hidden in the ground; they’re hanging in the trees!

How huge is the potential for the fruit farming and export business in Africa? You’re about to find out…As millions of people around the world look for healthier and organic foods, fruits are growing in demand both locally and globally.Apart from the millions of fruits that we eat at home in Afr...


ITEM: A passion for farming

Thirty-four-year-old Eunice Jones and her husband started growing passion fruit in 2010, setting aside half an acre of their land to grow a new variety of the fruit.They planned to sell their harvest at a market in Mombasa. But they were only able to harvest 20 bags, and had difficulties arranging t...


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