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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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Artificial intelligence applied in farming

Source: farmersjournal.ie Members of NIIAS heard about the application of artificial intelligence to agriculture and its increasing viability in farming at a recent conference. Economics will demand a leap from the theoretical concept of artificial intelligence to its practical application in agriculture, according to Jay Johnston, chief executive of Ritchie …

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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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Uganda mulls fingerprint tracking to tackle fake seeds

Counterfeit hybrid seeds are a major problem in Uganda but the authorities are prepared to act Source: FamBizAfrica Tony Kaganda is a maize farmer from Jinja, Uganda. Over the years, the youthful farmer has grappled with ways of identifying the best certified seeds as quacks have infiltrated invaded the market …

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Uganda mulls fingerprint tracking to tackle fake seeds

Counterfeiting in maize seeds is rife in Uganda Author:  Julius Omondi. Source: Farmbizafrica Tony Kaganda is a maize farmer from Jinja, Uganda. Over the years, the youthful farmer has grappled with ways of identifying the best certified seeds as quacks have infiltrated invaded the market with fake seeds. This season, …

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Insect-resistant maize could increase yields and decrease pesticide use in Mexico

Integrated pest management could cut the reliance of Mexican maize farmers rely on chemical pesticides Source: EurekaAlert Although maize was originally domesticated in Mexico, the country’s average yield per hectare is 38 percent below the world’s average. In fact, Mexico imports 30 percent of its maize from foreign sources to …

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FAO food price index shows signs of stabilization

FAO’s monthly food price index was stable in October, as sugar and vegetable oil prices rose to offset declines in dairy and meat prices. Source: FAO The Food Price Index dipped to 192.3, its seventh consecutive monthly decline but only a marginal 0.2 percent drop from the revised September figure. …

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Bram Govaerts, Nele Verhulst, Manuel Lopez de Lara, Rodrigo Rascon, Ruben Flores Gonzalez (L to R) calculate the yield from farmer Lopez de Lara's field on the hood of a car in the Yaqui Valley in the Mexican state of Sonora. Photo: CIMMYT/Beatriz Martínez
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Taking it to the farmer: Q&A with Bram Govaerts

Conservation agriculture, which improves the livelihoods of farmers by sustainably boosting productivity, is becoming a vital part of the rural landscape throughout Mexico and Latin America, leading to a major World Food Prize award for Bram Govaerts. Source: CIMMYT As associate director of the Global Conservation Agriculture Program at the …

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Discovery will enhance yield and quality of cereal and bioenergy crops

A team of scientists led by Thomas Brutnell, director of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Institute for Renewable Fuels at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, has developed a new way of identifying genes that are important for photosynthesis in maize, and in rice. Their research helps to prioritise candidate genes that …

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