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africa agriculture: Latest News
Staff, 9:34 pm
A collection of applications designed to provide farmers with timely information on climate change, crops, livestock and diseases affecting them for informed decision making have been tested for effectiveness. One of the applications will provide data on state of weather, amount of rain and soil humidity, and livestock performance to ensure better farm management and productivity, as well as market information on produce.The apps will reduce the effects of climate change, and diseases on crops,.
Staff, 8:16 pm
The 15-member group named ‘Esteem Eagles Welfare Youth Group’ started farming together. Initially it was a merry-go round, before they decided to pool resources and venture into greenhouse farming. Hydroponics is a modern system of farming where plants are grown in liquid, sand, gravel with added nutrients but without use of soil. After deliberations the group approached the National Government’s Youth Fund for help. The members resorted to fetching soils from Kiraro, part of Mount Kenya forest.
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.
Ann Brown, 1:13 pm AFKI Original
There are millions of small-scale farmers locked out of Kenya’s formal economy. Alex Muriu is finding a way to help them. He created Farm Capital Africa to invest in profitable business ventures in the underfunded agricultural sector. He uses the internet to raise funds for agripreneurs — mostly youth and women age 25 to 35 — so they can scale up their agricultural ventures. “We have had some challenges,” Muriu told AFKInsider. “Social-impact investors are not as rampant as profit-making investors.”
Staff, 3:50 am
Prospects for agriculture in Africa took a huge boost last week as leaders, business people and major development partners pledged more than 30 billion US dollars in investments to expedite transformation of the sector. The collective pledges at the African Green Revolution Forum in Nairobi, Kenya, mark a major breakthrough in efforts to transform agriculture, the mainstay of the economies of most of African countries, to become the key driver of growth.
Ann Brown, 9:12 am AFKI Original
There is a strong demand for South African fynbos worldwide. Germany, the U.K., Japan, and the Netherlands represent the greatest opportunities for exports. Fynbos, an Afrikaans word meaning “fine bush,” comprises 80 percent of the Cape Floral Kingdom. It includes rare species that have disappeared in the wild. One of the best known fynbos species is the king protea, South Africa’s national flower.
Julia Austin, 4:31 am AFKI Original
Agro-Hub is a crowd-sourced information app based out of Cameroon. Through the app, farmers can learn everything from food storage tips to how to optimize their sales on social media. According to the company’s website Agro-hub.com, their main objective is to, “Combat poverty among rural farmers in Cameroon by improving farmers’ household incomes through agricultural market development.”
Julia Austin, 6:25 am AFKI Original
Scientific and technological advancements in Africa are growing, especially in the mobile arena, but many farmers are still behind those of the Western world. Many schools don’t even have science labs or computers. This puts farming communities at a great disadvantage since much of caring for and growing crops is scientific. Farmers sometimes lack basic knowledge on how to better their crops.
Staff, 5:07 am
“This report prepares the ground to empower women, to take a leading role in the business of farming and agricultural value chains, regionally and globally”, said Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank. Agriculture in Africa is poised to remain one of the most important economic sectors, accounting for around 25% of the continent’s GDP
Kevin Mwanza, 12:42 am AFKI Original
After two hours of quick presentations by the participating startups in the afternoon of June 24, two startups: Atikus Insurance, a Kigali-based company that seek to expands access to credit to small and medium firms; and Farmerline from Ghana, that provides agricultural information to farmers and industry stakeholders, won $50,000 each.
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