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African farming: Latest News
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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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