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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...

2 days ago

How Zambia could achieve breadbasket status

According to Jervis Zimba, president of the Zambia National Farmers' Union (ZNFU), “The only way we can achieve the status of being a breadbasket is to zero rate agriculture.”

20 Apr 2017

Agritech Expo Zambia to offer workshops on armyworm and aquaculture

The upcoming Agritech Expo at GART in Chisamba will offer free workshops with practical advice and live demonstrations to help farmers combat challenges and explore new technologies...

10 Apr 2017

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

Solar technology applied in an ingenious way

A solar power system was considered the logical way in which to provide electricity to power the irrigation pumps on a new macadamia farm on the outskirts of Hazyview, Mpumalanga...

27 Mar 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

MasterCard assists 1.1 million African smallholder farmers

The MasterCard Foundation has committed a total of $38.3 million for programmes to improve productivity and market access for farmers in 11 African countries...

7 Mar 2017

Three key ingredients to achieve food security in Africa

African farmers face one of the greatest balancing acts of the 21st century - feeding a rapidly expanding population without causing irreparable damage to the environment they rely on...

By Nicolas Mounard 28 Feb 2017

Mobile weather platform unveiled for emerging markets

A weather app, designed for developing countries to assist users in predicting severe weather events or disasters, has been launched…

23 Feb 2017

US scientists develop new way to measure crop yields from space

US researchers have come up with a new method of estimating crop yields from small farms in Africa using high-resolution images from the latest generation of satellites...

By Magdalena Mis 15 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

Is Africa really undergoing a smallholder agricultural revolution?

The general story is that farmers are adopting improved agricultural practices, that productivity is increasing and that rural economies are burgeoning...

By Brendan Brown and Ian Nuberg 8 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

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