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Herbs – for flavor, and profit!

Monday, February 5th, 2018

Herbs

What would our food taste like without a dash of those herbs thrown into the dish? Fresh coriander and mint, basil and dill, rosemary and thyme, oregano and sage – all add both flavor and aroma to our dishes, making our food so much more appetizing. Fortunately, herbs are making a comeback into our cuisines […]

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Productivity under control: Greenhouse Farming

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

Green House Farming

The food crops and cash crops grown the world over are mostly grown in open fields, but there’s a tiny five percent that are grown under controlled and predictable conditions, precisely for the purpose of a harvest that can be more accurately estimated. And this is made possible through the use of greenhouse technology. In […]

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Cardamom – the Queen of Spices

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

Cardomom Queen of Spices

The third most expensive spice of in the world, cardamom, known as the ‘’queen of spices’’, is surpassed only by vanilla and saffron in its price per unit weight. Just a little bit of cardamom will do impart its unique flavor to any dish. In its native land, India, as well in other parts of […]

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HORTICULTURE- importance of apple and Kiwi fruit

Monday, December 18th, 2017

apples

In this article we’re looking at some of the horticultural crops – specifically Apple and Kiwi, the former which is one of the most widely exported of fruits, and the latter which is catching up in a big way in the international market. But first, the apple… Having originated in Central Asia, apples have been […]

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Grapes and Wine – Trends of production and Social role

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

Wine

Wine has evolved as part of life, culture and diet since time immemorial. It is one of the most enduring symbols of fine life, yet the role of wine itself has changed over time. From an important source of nutrition, it became a cultural complement to food and conviviality compatible with a healthy lifestyle. The […]

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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

digital-farming

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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