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Get ready for the future of agricultural pest control

Source: ipwatchdog.com The name “pest,” which at times means “nuisance” or “annoying,” doesn’t do the best job at portraying the devastating nature of the insects who attack crops and agriculture around the world. Some estimates provided by academia show us that insects can destroy up to 10% of crops in …

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The start-up that could revolutionise Ghana’s agriculture sector

Source: africanbusinessreview.co.za mPedigree, a Ghanaian start-up that uses mobile phones to protect pharmaceutical products against counterfeiting, has entered into a partnership with the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) to provide a traceability and e-verification service for agricultural inputs and commodities. The solution centres on a cloud-based system that creates unique …

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West Africa Agro-Tech to establish tractor assembling plant

Source: ghanabusinessnews.com The West Africa Agro-Tech Company Ghana Limited (WAATCO) would, in the next five years, establish an assembling plant in Ghana to deliver 5,000 tractors at a cheaper price to support the agriculture sector. The company would also train the youth both in and outside Ghana on how to generate …

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To bring the Green Revolution to Africa, countries must develop new technologies

African countries cannot blindly adopt food policy initiatives that spurred the Green Revolution in Asia as a way to promote agricultural development, according to new award-winning findings by researchers at the International Food Policy Research Institute. Source: IFPRI The research, which focused on Ghana and was originally published in the …

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Ten new rice varieties for Ghana

The  Savanna Agricultural Research Institute at Nyankpala in the Northern Region of Ghana is close to introducing 10 new rice varieties next year as part of efforts to improve local rice production. Source: GhanaWeb Dr Wilson Dogbe, Head of Rice Programme at SARI, a research institution under the Centre for Scientific …

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Combatting the “black spot” on citrus production in Ghana

Source: CABI Plantwise Not long ago, farmers in the Ashanti region of Ghana had seen citrus as a potential money-maker but now many are now giving up in despair as pathogens such as citrus angular leaf spot (Pseudocercospora angolensis) and citrus black spot (Guignarida citricarpa) diminish yields and make the …

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Zaki Biam Yam Market, located in Benue state, Nigeria, is the largest yam market in West Africa
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New project to boost yam production in West Africa

Smallholder farmers in the main yam-growing areas of West Africa will benefit from a new project that aims to develop new varieties of this crucial staple crop and enhance yam breeding capabilities and partnerships in the region. Source: IITA The five-year project, called “AfricaYam: Enhancing Yam Breeding for Increased Productivity …

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2014 Global Hunger Index

Even as levels of hunger in many developing countries decline, two billion people suffer from hidden hunger according to 2014 Global Hunger Index. Source: IFPRI A staggering 2 billion people get so little essential vitamins and minerals from the foods they eat that they remain undernourished, according to the 2014 …

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CTA announces grants for ICT solutions in ACP countries

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) has announced grants totalling €400,000 ($536,040) to five institutions in Africa and the European Union to support the adoption, uptake and scaling of information and communication technologies (ICTs) support for agriculture. Source: CTA (Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation) This …

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Ghana's forests are home to many threatened species, including western chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus). According to Global Forest Watch, chimpanzee range in Ghana lost approximately 10 percent of its forest cover from 2001 to 2013. This photo is of an eastern chimpanzee (P. t. schweinfurthii) in Uganda, by Rhett A. Butler
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Can it be stopped? Ghana’s forests ‘could completely disappear in less than 25 years’

Ghana’s forests could be gone within 25 years, says an Africa Initiative report. Social and economic pressures are putting at risk a major biodiversity hotspot and the livelihoods of 2.5 million people. But there are hopeful signs, with African Development Bank money and government initiatives leading the way. Author: Judy …

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