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The 12 game-changing technologies recognized in International Water Week

Source: greentechlead.com At Amsterdam International Water Week, Securing Water for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development recognized 12 new game-changing solutions that will increase water availability and promote efficient use of water in agriculture. The solutions that won the award include: AgroSolar Irrigation Technology – Kenya: Scaling a solar photovoltaic-powered …

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Five African e-farming startups to watch

Source: disrupt-africa.com The use of technology in Africa’s agricultural sector – to improve access to information, increase efficiencies, and grow output and profits – is gaining traction continent-wide. This trend is particularly visible in Kenya, where local startups are implementing tech – and often mobile-based – solutions to support the …

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China-funded lab to boost Kenya’s agricultural innovation

Source: allafrica.com The ongoing building of a China-funded laboratory in a Kenyan university is to enhance agricultural research and innovation, and in a long run, benefit the farmers in the East African nation, said a Kenyan scholar. Professor Richard Mulwa from Egerton University said that the crop molecular laboratory, which is …

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Embrace modern farming to fight food insecurity, East Africa told

Source: allafrica.com The Food and Agriculture Organisation considers East Africa a food deficit region meaning that the bloc does not produce enough to feed its population. Early this year, Uganda and Kenya were among 24 countries, listed by FAO, where sections of the population – mainly in arid and semi-arid …

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State-of-the-art soil

Charcoal-rich biochar could boost agricultural yields and control pollution. Scientists are putting it to the test Source: Nature For more than 150 years, the Brooklyn Navy Yard constructed vessels that helped to stop the slave trade from Africa, lay the first undersea telegraph cable and end the Second World War. …

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Improved maize to boost yields in nitrogen-starved African soils

Sub-Saharan African farmers typically apply less than 20 kilograms of fertilizer per hectare of cropland – far less than their peers in any other region of the world. In 2014, partners in the Improved Maize for African Soils project (IMAS) developed 41 Africa-adapted maize varieties that respond better to low …

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The Tana River watershed is Kenya’s life blood. Photo: Georgina Smith/CIAT
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When it comes to soil, only large-scale initiatives work

Can large-scale land interventions  fulfill their promises?< Author: Georgina Smith. Source: CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems Yes, in a word. It doesn’t have to cost the earth – but it’s not dirt cheap, and it takes a whole community. Ask Fred Kihara, fund manager at The Nature …

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African states should double agriculture research spending, report says

Sub-Saharan Africa needs to double its investment in agricultural research to meet the challenges of high population growth, climate change and deteriorating soils, a new report says Source: AllAfrica The report, by researchers from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), said the quality of research in sub-Saharan Africa, and …

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Lower cost greenhouse gas emission estimates for agriculture

Scientists are collaborating to furnish national governments with better – and less costly – methods for estimating greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, thus informing climate-smart agriculture and low-emissions development. Authors: Meryl Richards and Lini Wollenberg (CCAFS), Kaisa Karttunen and Maria Nuutinen (FAO). Source: CCAFS/CGIAR Country representatives and leading scientists met …

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Rice farmers intercrop to insulate themselves from weather changes

As weather patterns become unpredictable, Kenyan farmers are turning to other crops during the dry season to earn them more revenue. Source: FarmBizAfrica The farmers at the Ahero Irrigation Scheme, one of the key rice farming projects in western Kenya, have started growing watermelons, butternuts and pawpaws – all of …

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