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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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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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Floating fish pellets accelerate maturity

Commercial fish farmers in Uganda are benefiting from a newly introduced floating fish feed that increases maturity period and increases the weight gain by over 60 percent. Source: FarmBizAfrica According to Ugachick’s Operation manager Susan Nakimu, the firm which for long has been known for poultry production in Uganda joined …

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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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A woman picks up vegetables discarded by food vendors at a wholesale market in Xi'an, Shaanxi province, China. About 60 tonnes of vegetables are discarded in the market every day. Photo: REUTERS/Stringer
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New online platform seeks savings on world’s wasted food

Enough food to feed two billion people is wasted every year, leading UN agencies to create a new interactive platform to try to reduce the losses – which could easily feed the world’s 800 million hungry. Source: Thomson Reuters The Global Community of Practice of Food Loss Reduction web portal, …

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New $13.8 million project aims to boost banana production in Uganda and Tanzania

Millions of smallholder banana farmers in Tanzania and Uganda are set to benefit from a new $13.8 million project to develop and distribute higher-yielding, disease-resistant hybrid banana varieties. Source: ISHS Bananas are both a food staple and an economic backbone in East and Central Africa, where over half of all …

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Can you draw me a map?

Encouraging small farmers in rural communities to make maps helps us understand their cultural landscapes and natural resource management Author: Mary Harman Parks. Source: Compass My friends and family, and especially my husband, always poke fun of me for my lack of direction. “You’re a geographer!” they say, alluding to …

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Using ICT in Uganda’s agriculture

The effective integration of ICTs in the Ugandan agricultural sector will provide timely and relevant information that can enable farmers to make informed decisions on farming to increase productivity and their income. It’s already a mature situation, but it could be improved. Author: Eric Nelson Haumba. Source: RURFORUM blog While …

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