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  • How Kenyan Farmers Are Using Plastic Film Technology To Save Crops

    Plastic Film Technology By Staff, 5:09 pm

    The practice involves draping wet soil in a special kind of polythene film to conserve moisture. I visited Kathama, a tiny village in Machakos, where I discovered remarkable farming techniques. This is a novice innovation with great capacity in a water scarce area. In Kathama, I connected with one Joseph Mwanzia; an ageing farmer who uses plastic film technology. By using the technology, he had increased his maize production three-fold. The plastic film technology is an effective technology.

  • Opinion: A Journey Back To The Future Of African Farming

    By Staff

    Every year, thousands of young Africans join an exodus from their families’ small, often struggling farms in the countryside. Their dream – sometimes fulfilled, often not – is to find a more rewarding and stimulating life in the continent´s rapidly growing cities. Few return, but even fewer ever completely sever their ties. It’s a complicated connection and one I deeply understand. My own exodus to the city as a young man opened up a lifetime of opportunity that culminated with serving as president of Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy.

  • Experts Warn Of Ghana Food Shortage

    By Ann Brown, 2:00 pm

    From Ghana Web The Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana (PFAG) made a passionate appeal to the government to urgently release fertilizers to farmers to avert low crop yield this year and imminent food shortage in the country next year. The President of PFAG, Mohammed Adam Nashiru, said the non-availability of fertilizers for farmers for this […]

  • French Fertilizer Firm Targets East Africa’s Commercial Farmers

    By Kevin Mwanza, 8:02 am

    French fertilizer manufacturer Roullier Group has opened a regional office in Nairobi to tap into the market as scientists and farmers shift attention to alternative fertilisers.

  • Taking A Bite Out Of African Food Insecurity

    By D.A. Barber, 8:15 am AFKI Original

    For Africa, food insecurity issues range from ineffective farming practices and crop losses all along the supply chain, to farmers being driven from their lands in areas of conflict. And while 2014 International Year of Family Farming is meant to draw attention to these issues globally, specific projects will deal with these issues in a handful for African countries.

  • Aeroponics: Learning from Potatoes

    By Barbara Bean-Mellinger, 10:03 am

    Borrowing the aeroponic, no-soil technology that African farmers have used successfully to grow potatoes, farmers may be able to grow yams that produce pest-free seeds.

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