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Web portal with solutions to farmers from different countries.

The first-ever web-based tool designed to collect and share agriculture and rural development solutions in the developing countries, has been launched by The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The Rural Solutions Portal will promote the uptake of innovative agricultural and rural practices and technologies...

Solar-powered solution for farmers who get nothing due to failed rains.

He walked into the venue of the recent East African Digital Farmers’ conference in Nairobi, a rather nondescript young man, dressed in blue slacks and a matching waistcoat. He had a presentation to make. He finished 20 minutes later to a standing ovation, for one...
KOFI ANNAN : BELIEVED IN AFRICA CAN FEED ITSELF

KOFI ANNAN : BELIEVED AFRICA CAN FEED ITSELF.

As the world mourns the death of Former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, who passed away August 18 2018 after a short illness, the agriculture sector feels the loss too. The late Annan was a leader of progress in the world, improving the lives...
Farmers to benefit from Liquid Telecom’s roll out of Sigfox Internet of Things (IoT)network across Kenya

Farmers to benefit from Liquid Telecom’s roll out of Sigfox Internet of Things (IoT)network...

As farming with precision sweeps across the continent, farmers are looking for technologies to maximise the economic and environmental benefits of precision farming. Farmers will soon be able to double their production with precision after Liquid Telcom entered into partnership with Sigfox to build and...

State to launch Distinct Areas for Animal Export

Livestock farmers in Kenya will benefit from a government initiative, that will seek to identify specific areas to be utilised, for production of livestock for the  export market. Speaking when he opened the 2018 Livestock Breeders Show and Sale at the Jamhuri Showground in Nairobi...

Do you know of a country with a call centre for farmers? – India

Indian farmers dial the toll-free telephone number 1551 to get specialists advice positioned at 84 call centres across the Asian country to answer questions and clarifications related to agriculture. The itinerary dubbed Kisan Call Centre is a single-knowledge pool catering to Indian farmers across the...

The Mobile App that leads you to water and pasture

Picture losing your phone and having to search for it throughout your house… Now imagine if you had to search for it, not only in your home but in 6,000 other homes as well. This is the scenario that pastoralists are faced with everyday as...

MILKING ROBOTS ON KOTUTS FARM

They can tell you what to expect from your herd days before any visual signs appear, keeping you in the know and giving you a head start to troubleshoot if trouble is brewing... 159 cows gather outside the gate of the dairy drawn by...

Precision Farming: A better understanding

When people hear ‘precision farming’ or ‘precision agriculture’, they immediately think about ‘computers’. A wise man once said: “If you don’t measure, you don’t know”. This brings us to the next questions; “What is there to measure?”, and “What is there to know?” Precision agriculture...

Don’t waste maize stalks, turn them into nutritious animal feed

What to feed livestock on, especially dairy animals during the dry season when grazing land becomes a dry mass of shrivelled brown grass or patches, is a big challenge for most small-scale farmers. During this period, many farmers resort to using maize stalks and other...

Pain of importing commodities, and how it’s killing agribusiness

Over the past few years, Kenya’s neigh - bours have been aggressively carrying out what experts call ‘predatory pricing’ on special commodities and crops, and edging out local traders and farmers. From rice, maize, eggs, onions, to most recently, fish imports, several of the...
Fight against Fall armyworm in Kenya ‘mobilised’ with new Government text messaging campaign

Fight against Fall armyworm in Kenya ‘mobilised’ with new Government text messaging campaign

A new weapon in the fight against the Fall armyworm (FAW) caterpillar in Kenya has been launched giving millions of smallholder farmers free expert help and advice on how to tackle the devastating pest through mobile SMS text messaging. Precision Agriculture for Development (PAD) has...

Where does that fruit salad you eat come from? Experts warn that it is...

When was the last time you asked about the source of that fruit salad you enjoy after every meal? Are the tomatoes and kales you pick up from that mama mboga stall safe? And what about the milk you buy daily from milk ATMs?...

Main sticking points in GMO debate

Genetically modified foods are derived from organisms whose genetic material has been changed in a way that does not occur naturally. Changes in DNA are introduced through genetic engineering in biotechnology. This involves inserting a recombinant DNA into an organism, removing a specific gene...

Mobile application to fight against Fall Armyworm in Africa.

A mobile application has been launched to enable farmers, agricultural workers and other partners to the fight against fall armyworm in Africa. The app by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), will report the level of infestation and map the spread of this destructive pest,...