S&T could raise Africa’s agricultural productivity

By Paul Boateng For Africa to achieve increased agricultural productivity, there is a need to invest in S&T, writes Paul Boateng. On my way straight from Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi to a meeting and stuck in one of the city’s endless car jams, my taxi driver began a conversation about the lack …

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Kenya gets new facility to control crop pest

By Sam Otieno [NAIROBI] A facility has been launched in Kenya to aid commercial production of a protein bait to control fruit flies in Sub-Saharan Africa. The US$250,000 facility, which resulted from public-private partnership involving the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) and Kenya Biologics Ltd, will enable smallholders control fruit flies that …

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Ending Africa’s chronic hunger cycle

By Esther Ngumbi For Africa to end chronic hunger, governments must invest in sustainable water supplies, writes Esther Ngumbi. The fields are bare under the scorching sun and temperatures rise with every passing week. Any crops the extreme temperatures haven’t destroyed, the insect pests have, and for many farmers, there is nothing they can do. …

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Soybean farmers in east and southern Africa get a boost

By Baraka Rateng’ [NAIROBI] Smallholder farmers in east and southern Africa could benefit from a project to innovate ways to help unlock barriers in regional soybean value chains. The UK-funded FoodTrade East and Southern Africa (FoodTrade ESA) has awarded £1million (about US$1.2 million) to Classic Foods Limited of Kenya and Seba Foods Limited of Zambia …

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Mixed approach holds promise to African farmers

By Sam Otieno [NAIROBI] Harnessing smart and sustainable approaches including planting crop varieties suitable for the right soil types and using emerging technologies could boost food production in Sub-Saharan Africa, a meeting has heard. Experts who spoke at the Yara East Africa Annual Distributors Event held in Kenya last month (20 January) agreed that there …

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