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Govt unveils crop disease quarantine

MLN is a destructive disease capable of causing overwhelming damage to maize crops and has already caused significant damage in Central Africa and Western Africa...

By Runyararo Muzavazi 3 days ago

The challenge ahead: Harnessing gene editing to sustainable agriculture

The role of genetic engineering in agriculture and food has generated enormous interest and controversies, with a large-scale embrace by some nations and wholesale bans by others...

By Nteranya Sanginga 31 Mar 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

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

Fertilisers can help African farmers battle climate change

Fertilisers can spare more forests and pastures from conversion...

By Charlotte Hebebrand 10 Nov 2016

Organic farming gets a bad rap - why it shouldn't

The word organic has nothing to do with organic chemistry even though carbon-rich soil organic matter is important to organic farming. Organic derives instead from the word organism...

By Raymond Auerbach 1 Nov 2016

Ethiopia Soil Map arms farmers with new fertilisers in climate fight

Nationwide survey of soil conditions is leading to more effective use of fertilisers and could boost food security...

By Pius Sawa 30 Sep 2016

'Less choice for African farmers' after Bayer's Monsanto takeover

A $66 billion merger deal between German chemical giant Bayer and US seeds firm Monsanto could result into the world's largest agribusiness. But what does it mean for African farmers...

By Wanjiru Eunice 19 Sep 2016

Innovative use of fertilisers revives hope for Africa's Green Revolution

Inorganic fertiliser helps boost smallholder farmers' harvests...

By Busani Bafana 5 Sep 2016

Top African producer bans GM cotton

Burkina Faso, Africa's top cotton producer and the sole West African nation to venture into biotech farming, is dropping GM cotton on quality grounds...

26 Apr 2016

Digitizing agriculture and growing knowledge

We spoke to Magnus Rambraut about how digitizing the industry can...

By Cari Van Wyk 18 Apr 2016

Decline of bees, other pollinators, threatens crop output

Populations of bees, butterflies and other species important for agricultural pollination are declining, posing potential risks to major world crops...

29 Feb 2016

15 EU nations opt to stay GMO-free

Fifteen of the 28 EU member nations are seeking to keep genetically modified organisms out of all or part of their territory, as the deadline for opting out of new European legislation on GMO crops nears...

2 Oct 2015

Genetically modified cotton in Africa will harm, not help, smallholder farmers

It took just five seasons of genetically modified cotton cultivation in Burkina Faso for farmers to realise that they had been sold false promises...

12 Jun 2015

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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.

3 days ago

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