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New technology to track Zimbabwe’s soil nutrients and minerals

Source: scidev.net Zimbabwean agricultural researchers have developed a remote control technique that could enable African farming communities to identify nutrients needed by crops in an agricultural field. The technology could assist farmers to ascertain the exact quantities of nutrients a crop needs and predict yields using the satellite imagery developed …

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ICRISAT investments in agricultural research yield high payoffs for the dryland poor

A growing pipeline of science-based agricultural innovations and impacts by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is impacting the lives of the dryland poor on a large scale, showing high returns on investment in agricultural research for development (AR4D) Source: ICRISAT In a 2014 impact assessment …

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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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