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Smallholder Farmers and Market Access

Monday, October 9th, 2017

African Farmers

The sheer number of smallholder farmers engaged as food producers in the world is quite staggering, amounting to one and a half billion. Owning farms of a size of two acres or less, they comprise about three-fourth of the world’s poorest people, whose food, income and livelihood prospects depend entirely on agriculture. While these smallholder […]

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Eating with the cycles of nature – seasonal food

Friday, September 15th, 2017

Seasonable Foods

Nature provides diversity in the food it produces through seasons – and that’s better embraced than combated. Eating with the cycles of nature is not just better for health, but also promotes balance with the earth’s resources and its life forms. When we choose seasonal foods, even if we haven’t grown them ourselves, we reconnect […]

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Cropping patterns: Realigning itself with climate change

Monday, August 28th, 2017

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One of the most challenging issues of the 21st century is achieving food security in the face of a growing population and in an already stressed environment experiencing climate change. Studies on climate impacts and adaptation strategies have picked up pace among scientific communities precisely for this reason. There are two major ways in which […]

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Saying it with flowers is always in vogue

Monday, August 14th, 2017

floriculture

Behind the good old adage of ‘saying it with flowers’ is a billion dollar floriculture industry. And it’s not without reason that people convey thoughts and feelings through flowers, or use flowers to its natural advantage. Though we may not be aware of it most of the time, flowers hold the capacity for psychological enchantment, […]

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How Digital technology is helping the agricultural sector?

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

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When it comes to how digital technology is helping the agricultural sector, nowhere is the shift more evident than in Africa. Everyone knows the basic facts about Africa; especially that farm productivity needs to grow at a higher rate than the global average in order to prevent mass hunger. Currently, farm productivity is low, fallow […]

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Can we ever re-grow a forest?

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Forest Re Grow

The original forests that thrived on this earth took hundreds of years to evolve and comprised a community of species. Forests are an ecosystem, in which every species is in a symbiotic relationship with another; and their function is much more that simply growing as plants and trees. They actually build dead organic matter into […]

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Africa Smallholder Farmers: Problem and Market solutions and more

Monday, June 12th, 2017

Africa Smallholder farmers

The agriculture sector in Africa is experiencing a shift from being seen as a philanthropic or social sector to one that is a business. This statement was made by the President of the East Africa Farmers Federation, Philip Kiroro at the Panel Session at the World Economic Forum on Africa. At the G8 summit, that […]

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An Uphill Task: Producing Food in the Mountains

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Food Mountain

One of the most difficult terrains on which people have ever attempted to produce food is in the mountains. There are many reasons why mountains are considered a ‘disadvantaged’ area with regard to agriculture, which boils down its several environmental conditions. The first is the weather and soil conditions that shorten growing seasons. The second […]

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Changing Rainfall Patterns and its Effect on Agriculture

Monday, May 29th, 2017

Rainfall

Why and how are rainfall patterns changing? As a result of global warming, the world’s climate is changing and its effect is being felt the world over. And one of the most important parameters of climate is rainfall. Just as there is a direct relationship between climate and agriculture, so is there one between rainfall […]

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What are seed banks and why should seeds be preserved?

Friday, May 12th, 2017

seeds

At the base of all our food is the seed, and without it, the world would go hungry. The mapping of plant species has thrown up a whopping (approximately) 40,000 known plant species on earth – and it does demand a diverse variety of seeds to satisfy nutritional and environmental needs. Seeds hold the power […]

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