Clues to improving farm productivity one agronomic survey at a time

10 November, 2014 by (comments)

Another step forward in addressing the yield gap What are the low hanging fruit in reducing yield gaps and enhancing food security? Well it may not be fruit, per se, but basic techniques farmers can practice. A new CIAT-led publication presents an agronomic survey methodology which does just that – it presents a basket of options for boosting farmRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Regions, Soils

Feeding Rwanda’s livestock revolution

8 September, 2014 by (comments)

More than 200,000 Rwandan farmers have received free cows under the Rwandan Governments’ One cow per poor family programme since it was introduced in 2006. The move has kick-started small scale milk production, bringing new income streams for cash-strapped farmers, as well as providing manure to fertilise crops, and meat and milk for improved nutrition and food security. ButRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Tropical Forages

Generating a climate conscience through south-south learning

4 September, 2013 by (comments)

What have Colombia and Senegal in common? Both are fighting (and winning) for a place in the World Cup next year. But perhaps of far more importance, both countries are taking a global lead in confronting climate challenges. Senegal is a country where for millennia farmers have learned to manage their climate. There is tremendous indigenous knowledge about indicatorsRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Climate Change website

South Sudan: Sowing the seeds of a farming revolution

13 July, 2011 by (comments)

As independence celebrations subside, the real work of nation-building must now begin – with a major role for agriculture Agricultural assistance will be critical to the development of the world’s newest nation, and existing support will require a major re-think, according to a new report published recently by CIAT, FAO and an alliance of research partners. As the tenRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Regions

Ants recruited to defend African farmers’ livelihoods

28 January, 2011 by (comments)

Ants could save fruit and nut farmers in Africa millions of dollars, and help them gain access to lucrative organic food markets. The African weaver ant is a highly effective predator of fruit flies and other fruit-hungry insects, that routinely destroy fruit crops. While the use of these ants as a form of biological control is not new –Read More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Regions