Monthly Archives: June 2017

Agricultural institutions partner to curtail spread of MLN in Sub-Saharan Africa

By Evelyn Situma African Agricultural Technology foundation has invested USD400, 000 to curtail the spread of Maize Lethal Necrosis disease in Eastern Africa. The funds will be used to train companies in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Ethiopia on production … Continue reading

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Nigerian graduate students take up cassava farming as a business

By Grace Muinga It is uncommon that a group of university graduates would be attracted to agriculture as a career of choice — a field that is shunned by educated youths in Nigeria.  Path P, a group of 15 university … Continue reading

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IFAD, AATF to boost 13,000 farmers with cassava mechanisation programme

By Gabriel Ewepu June 26, 2017 ABUJA – Over 13,000 farmers in six states are to benefit from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) cassava mechanisation programme. This was disclosed by the Senior … Continue reading

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How GM cowpea, rice can improve yield in sub-Saharan Africa

By Collins Nnabuife, Abuja June 20, 2017 Cowpea is considered the most important food grain legume in the dry savannas of tropical Africa where it is grown on more than 12.5 million hectares. It is rich in quality protein and … Continue reading

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Why did Tanzanian farmers demand growing GM crops?

By Michael J. Ssali An online weekly newsletter, Crop Biotech Update, reported on June 6, 2017, that farmers in Mwanza Province, North Eastern Tanzania urged their government to hasten delivery of GM crops which they said would save them from … Continue reading

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Six states to benefit from AATF cassava mechanisation

By Caleb Onwe June 16, 2017 Effort by both government and other stakeholders to boost cassava production in Nigeria may have paid off, as six states across the country are set to benefit from the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) … Continue reading

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TEGO is our financial shield, says Robert Matete from Western Kenya

By Evelyn Situma Robert Matete — a farmer from Kakamega county, Kenya — glances at his maize field, and as if submerged in deep thought, straightens up his face and makes a wish amidst our conversation. “I wish my children … Continue reading

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Farmers bemoan losses caused by Fall Armyworm in Busia, Kenya

By Nancy Juma What do you say to a farmer whose crop is being gobbled up by the Fall Armyworm as he literally watches? Charles Weko, a small scale farmer from Busia county depends on farming to pay for his … Continue reading

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Cassava Mechanisation: AATF-IFAD-VCDP Support Six States

By Abdallah El-Kurebe June 12, 2017 A partnership between the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) supported Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) has been rolled out to support six Nigerian states in cassava mechanisation. … Continue reading

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Nigerian farmer mentors youth on cassava farming

By Grace Muinga Pastor Felix Afolabi, owner and founder of Afolabi Agro Divine Ventures (AADV), has been a farmer since 2014 — farming on 360 hectares of land — 300 of which he intends to set aside for growing cassava. … Continue reading

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