Invest in smallholders, R&D to spur food security

By Ochieng’ Ogodo [ABIDJAN] Africa needs to invest more in agricultural research and stronger institutions for smallholder farmers to spur production, ensure food security and help achieve socioeconomic growth on the continent, an expert has told a forum. The forum highlighted the need to build capacity of agriculture and agribusiness to increase sustainable rural development …

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Sub-Saharan Africa can learn from India’s ‘Green revolution’

Renu MODI, University of Mumbai Sub-Saharan Africa has huge potential to become a global food basket, but it is far from being realised. The region is estimated to have 60% of the globally available and unexploited arable land yet it remains food deficient. Even when arable land is cultivated, hurdles such as limited irrigation, small …

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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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