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Improving cassava production in Nigeria through sustainable seed systems

Businesses selling improved varieties and high-quality cassava stems for cultivation could help African farmers significantly raise their productivity...

6 Apr 2017

Africa's food security challenges driving technological innovation

"Smart farming solutions will become the cornerstone of global food production over the next decade."

20 Mar 2017

Could 'resurrection' crops survive drought and feed a hungry planet?

Could harnessing the power of "resurrection plants" - with the ability to survive severe water shortages for years - hold the secret to feeding a hungry planet?

By Peter Lykke Lind 9 Mar 2017

Indian Ocean Dipole: The obscure climate phenomenon driving drought

An obscure climate phenomenon in the Indian Ocean is contributing to an East Africa drought that is threatening the lives of millions of people, as famine looms...

By Jared Ferrie 24 Feb 2017

Global future food security in jeopardy warns FAO report

Intensifying pressures on natural resources, mounting inequality, and climate change has put mankind's ability to feed itself in jeopardy a new report by FAO warns...

22 Feb 2017

Failure to help small farmers adapt will compromise future food production

Failure to make our food systems more resilient to climate change will "seriously compromise" food production in many regions and could doom international efforts to end hunger and poverty...

14 Feb 2017

Pulses, powerful allies in achieving Sustainable Development Goals

IYP has helped raise awareness of the benefits of pulses and boosted knowledge sharing and partnerships, but these gains must be strengthened further to achieve Sustainable Development Goals.

13 Feb 2017

#WeatherWatch: Is La Niña on her way out?

The movement out of El Niño into La Niña means that South Africa is benefitting from an increased rainfall pattern, a good thing right? Not if it brings increased hail and localised flooding...

By Piers Kenyon 6 Feb 2017

Why microbes are key to solving Africa's food security crisis

Microbial-based solutions, which are formulated from microbes, offer multiple benefits to crops. These include improved growth as well as protection from insects, drought, and other climate-related extremities...

By Esther Ndumi Ngumbi 3 Feb 2017

To discover Africa's biodiversity, look to the soil

South Africa is finally embarking on a long-overdue initiative: mapping the incredible biodiversity in Africa's soils...

By Esther Ngumbi 18 Jan 2017

Post-harvest losses still major challenge in East Africa

Smallholder farmers can reduce post-harvest losses and improve income by adopting better storage management practices and technologies...

28 Dec 2016

Protecting and developing African agriculture in the face of climate change

The weak output in Africa, reinforced by a spike in temperatures and exacerbated by extreme climate events, could create a vicious loop of food insecurity, impoverishment, mass migration and...

By Patrick Dupoux and Younes Zrikem 28 Nov 2016

Agritech Expo migrates to Tanzania

Successful outdoor agricultural show, Agritech Expo, is expanding to Tanzania with the farming B2B platform taking place in the agri-hu of Arusha in January...

17 Nov 2016

African nations have the will to adapt agriculture to climate change

This story of failed harvest, hunger and hopelessness as temperatures rise is common across the continent. In fact, it is estimated that 65 percent of Africa's population is affected by climate change...

By Elwyn Grainger-Jones 16 Nov 2016

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International

New FAO satellite tool helps African farmers optimise water productivity

With FAO's new tool, the WaPOR open-access database going live, measuring how efficiently water is used in agriculture, particularly in water-scarce countries, is going high-tech. The new tool taps into satellite data to help farmers achieve reliable agricultural yields and allows for the optimisation of irrigation systems.

2 days ago

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