Agriculture articles

Kenyan Farmers ripping big from small-scale agricultural irrigation-cum-value addition project

By Joseph Abuje, Charles Njeru and Henry Neondo   With the outbreak of coronavirus in March of 2020, the agricultural sector got badly hit. The agricultural sector provides a livelihood for about 80 per cent of Kenya’s population, most of whom are subsistence farmers in rural areas. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, the sector contributes about

Organisation’s plea as drought hits Turkana Pastoralists hard

The drought situation in Turkana is getting worse. The latest situation report by the Government show deterioration in the condition of vegetation in the Pastoral and Fisheries livelihood zones. Further, the weather outlook for November points to the likelihood of maximum temperatures oscillating at 360 C and therefore minimal recovery likely to be witnessed. Daniel

National Summit Bring Cassava Seed System to the Front Burner

Today, stakeholders from the private and public sector including researchers are gathering in Abuja—Nigeria’s capital – for a national summit to discuss and seek ways to improve cassava seed system with a view to transforming the root crop into a cash cow for the nation. The national cassava seed development summit would listen to case studies

AFGRI leverages technology to help local farmers build a sustainable future

There’s a misconception that the agriculture industry is behind the curve when it comes to technology adoption. In fact, the opposite is true, although unfortunately often at the expense of the individual farmer. So said Pierre Durand, Head of IT and Innovation at agricultural services company AFGRI Agri Services, in recent conversation with Datacentrix CEO, Ahmed

$4 billion increased investment in climate-smart agriculture and food systems innovation announced at COP26 Climate Summit

The Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM for Climate) – a major new initiative led by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and United States (US) with the support of over 30 governments – officially launched today and announced an “early harvest” of $4 billion of increased investment to accelerate innovation for climate-smart agriculture and food

Experts task processors to invest in cassava seed system

Sufficient investments must be made in the cassava seed sector to address the challenges plaguing the supply of quality cassava roots as raw materials to industries, says Dr Godwin Atser, an Advocacy, Promotion and Outreach Lead with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). In a presentation titled “Harnessing Opportunities in Cassava Seed System for