New tech to track soil nutrients, minerals in Zimbabwe

By Farai Matebvu [MUTARE, ZIMBABWE] Zimbabwean agricultural researchers have developed a remote control technique that could enable African farming communities to identify nutrients needed by crops in an agricultural field. The technology could assist farmers to ascertain the exact quantities of nutrients a crop needs and predict yields using the satellite imagery developed to assess …

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Why smart agricultural development is needed in Africa’s savannas

Lyndon Estes, Princeton University and Tim Searchinger, Princeton University Sub-Saharan Africa is the world’s most rapidly growing region. By 2050, the continent’s population will double and per capita GDP income will triple. This combination of people and prosperity means that Africa’s food needs will quadruple. We estimate that satisfying this increased demand will require at …

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Project helping women gain more from raising chickens

By Alberto Leny [NAIROBI] A project aimed at improving smallholder chicken production could uplift the livelihoods of millions of poor rural and peri-urban households in Sub-Saharan Africa. The African Chicken Genetic Gains (ACGG) targets smallholder farmers, particularly women in Ethiopia, Nigeria and Tanzania by identifying and producing chickens from exotic and local breeds, according to …

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Q&A: Put farmers at heart of ‘adoption revolution’

By Nick Ishmael Perkins Pamela Anderson is director of agricultural development for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Her team works to reduce poverty, improve nutrition and strengthen women’s roles in smallholder farming families in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Anderson, an agricultural entomologist and epidemiologist, joined the foundation in 2014. Previously, she was director …

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Africa’s youth and abundant arable land are a potential winning combination

Eugenie W. H. Maïga, Université de Koudougou Sub-Saharan Africa has two abundant resources: its youth and agricultural land. With the youngest population globally and the largest share of the world’s arable land, Africa stands to benefit greatly from getting and keeping the youth involved in agriculture. Africa’s agricultural sector has the lowest productivity in the …

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