Author Archives: Peter Werehire

Africa must invest in systems to harness future agricultural technologies

By Dr. Ousmane Badiane In order to compete on an equal footing in tomorrow’s global economy, African agriculture must embrace emerging technologies African agriculture has shown impressive growth during the past couple of decades, but for the most part it … Continue reading

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DroughtTEGO WE1101: Narok County farmer testimonials

DroughtTEGO WE1101: Narok County farmer testimonials

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Harvest of hope: DroughtTEGO WE1101 in Kenya

Harvest of hope: DroughtTEGO WE1101 in Kenya

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WEMA video by the Agricultural Research Council of South Africa

Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) – A public-private partnership to develop and deploy drought tolerant and insect protected maize hybrids royalty-free to smallholder farmers

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Researchers urged to ensure improved seeds they produce reach farmers

By Daniel Semberya Africa is a drought-prone continent, making farming risky for millions of smallholder farmers who rely on rainfall to water their crops. Maize is the most widely grown staple crop in Africa – more than 300 million Africans … Continue reading

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Fighting ignorance through new technology

Samuel Owiti Awino was an agricultural gambler, so to speak. Tormented by unreliable rains and the destructive Striga weed, he was ready to try any crop that came his way. “When you are sick and you don’t know what ails … Continue reading

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Women take the war over to ‘cereal’ killer

Busia is among the most fertile of Kenya’s 47 counties.  Its rich soils receive between 760mm and 2000mm of rainfall. “Most parts of the County have high potential for agriculture and promises of faster growth,” according to the Busia County … Continue reading

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The Striga witch has left

Richard Amolo takes this writer around his farm. He just ploughed it in readiness for the short rains that were expected the previous week. Yes, the rains delayed. Amolo says he is afraid they may fail altogether.  But there’s one … Continue reading

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Rainmaker battles ‘cereal’ killer

Leonida Andewa, a mother of seven, is transforming a community hitherto ravaged by the effects of Striga. Her village is a few kilometres from Luanda Town, Vihiga County in Western Kenya. The widow, a former primary school teacher, has been … Continue reading

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At the forefront in war against ‘cereal’ killer

In a region where the youth have apparently shirked farming despite the soaring poverty, Mercy Mwende Onyango stands out as an island. She’s leading the way in embracing technology. And she hopes that her agricultural exploits will not only silence … Continue reading

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