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GFIA Africa: the platform for innovative technologies to combat climate volatility and drought

The South African agricultural sector is bracing itself for what has been described as one of the worst droughts that the country has experienced in decades. The lack of adequate summer rainfall combined with depleting water levels in major dams have already resulted in the introduction of water restrictions and …

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The online tool to meet irrigation and fertilizer needs

Source: scidev.net Farmers in Africa are set to benefit from an online tool offering advice on services such as irrigation and fertilizer use. The internet portal known as Smart Irrigator computes crops’ daily water requirements. According to Peter Okoth, Kenya-based consultant in research and agronomy and one of the brains behind …

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Can a ‘food computer’ prevent us from running out of farmland?

Source: huffingtonpost.com MIT research scientist Caleb Harper wants to build a real-life “Farmville.” He had taken a first crack at experimental agriculture following a visit to Japan shortly after the Fukushima disaster in 2011, where he saw that people were afraid to eat the locally grown food. He wondered if …

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Get ready for organic indoor vertical farms

Source: ecowatch.com FarmedHere, a 90,000-square-foot space in Chicago, is not only the first organically-certified indoor vertical aquaponic farm in Illinois, it’s also the largest indoor farm in North America. The farm has expansion plans and the company wants to open 18 indoor vertical farms in cities across the US. “We want to …

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EU-backed agricultural innovations project launched for Africa and Asia

Source: allafrica.com A three-year project dubbed “Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation Systems (CDAIS)”, supported by the European Union has been launched. The €14 million project is expected to enhance efficient and sustainable agriculture innovation systems in eight countries including Rwanda. CDAIS is also aimed at making agriculture more productive and sustainable, …

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Developments in rice aim to improve food security

Source: leadership.ng The Nigerian federal government has taken steps to stop the humongous capital flight associated with rice importation and ensure food security for the populace through the introduction of a nitrogen-use efficient and salt tolerant (NEWEST) rice. The NEWEST rice project, being coordinated by the African Agricultural Technology Foundation …

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African agriculture sector benefits from multi-million investment

Source: footprint2africa.com The Malawi agriculture sector is enjoying a massive investment of about $500 million in the 2015/16 financial year, running from July to June, but the question is whether the sector will get the maximum return from the investment. The donor contribution to the sector is estimated at $265 …

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Norway salmon farmers’ lice woes boosting local economies

Source: undercurrentnews.com The issues with sea lice being experienced by Norway’s salmon farmers is having a “ripple effect” in boosting economies in regions such as Rogaland and Hordaland, the west of the country. According to a report from Nofima, the research institute, aquaculture in Rogaland and Hordaland purchased goods and …

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Tobacco plant gene may aid space farming

Source: marketbusinessnews.com Australian scientists have discovered a gene in Pitjuri (Nicotiana benthamiana), an ancient tobacco plant indigenous to Agoriginal tribes, that could aid space farming. The gene could be used to make plants grow and flower super-fast in arid environments. Plant geneticist, Professor Peter Waterhouse, who works at the Centre …

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New innovator: SmartChick from PE Services

Source: irishtimes.com For poultry farmers, keeping birds healthy and housed in optimal conditions is the key to success. Now thanks to some perfect matchmaking between academia and industry, a new analytics tool called SmartChick, can help them to do an even better job. The company behind SmartChick is Cavan-based PE …

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