Researchers are developing mathematical models to identify genetic material that could help improve food crops' resilience to climate change.
Impacts such as drought, pests and diseases could hit harvests and undermine global food security. Scientists hope the models will speed up the process of identifying traits, such as drought resistance, allowing breeders to grow climate-proof crops. Find full story here
The importance of agricultural extension in Africa’s agricultural transformation agenda cannot be overemphasized. Smallholder farmers make up over 70 percent of the continent’s one billion population. For the vast majority of these farmers agricultural extension is their gateway to information on modern farming methods. However, extension systems in Africa, and throughout the developing world for that matter, face dire challenges, such as large farmer-to agent ratio, and poor working conditions, but most significantly, the paucity of their training. The Center for African Studies (CAS), Ohio State University Extension (OSUE) and Office of International Programs in Agriculture (IPA) at The Ohio State University cordially invite papers for their international conference on Agricultural Extension and Food Security in Africa. more
‘The Knowledge Management & E-Learning: An International Journal (KM&EL), published in their Vol.6, No.2. Jun 2014 the article “Awareness and use of Web 2.0 technologies in sharing of agricultural knowledge in Tanzania”, written by researchers Wulystan P. Mtega, Frankwell W. Dulle, Andrew W. Malekani, Angela M. Chailla.
As suggested by the title, this interesting paper assess the level of awareness and use of Web 2.0 by agricultural knowledge workers...more
Focus on smallholder farmers and family farming as Regional Conference for Africa gets under way
A woman winnowing kernels of maize in Chimoio, Mozambique.
Despite important economic progress and agricultural successes, Africa remains the world’s most food insecure continent, with relatively low levels of agricultural productivity, low rural incomes, and high rates of malnutrition, FAO said today. Read more...
The world is increasingly hungry because small farmers are losing access to farmland. Small farmers produce most of the world's food but are now squeezed onto less than 25 percent of the world's farmland, a new report reveals. Corporate and commercial farms, big biofuel operations and land speculators are pushing millions off their land. More...
Small farmers - like Ndomi Magareth, planting beans here on her land in Cameroon - "are losing land at a tremendous rate. Credit: Monde Kingsley Nfor/IPS
The Sudan country forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (SUDFAAS) was established amidst colour and glamour in their capital Khartoum on 6-7th May, 2014. The two day event attracted a number of high ranking officials from the government most notable whom was the Honourable Federal Minister for Agriculture and Innovation who pledged his total support support towards the cause. The event was also attended by the Executive Director of AFAAS as well as the Technical Assistant to the ED.
African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS) is a continental body that brings national Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services under one umbrella. The AFAAS’ goal is to enhance utilization of improved knowledge and technologies by agricultural value chain actors for improving productivity oriented towards their individual and national development objectives.
In October 2013, AFAAS second Multi Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) was established under the World Bank (WB). More
AFAAS is currently operating in 27 countries.
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Most Africans still live in rural areas and are largely dependent on subsistence agriculture
Most African economies are also greatly dependent on agriculture
... it is logical to conclude that improved agricultural performance will:
Uplift both physical and economic access to food
Raise the purchasing power of households
Click the links below for details on the available vacancies with Africa Lead.
RUFORUM Secretariat is pleased to announce that a few PhD scholarships for Plant Breeding and Biotechnology programme are available through DAAD in region programme support. The scholarships are tenable for 2014/15 academic year at Makerere University, Kampala- Uganda. More
AfricaRice is one of the 15 international agricultural research Centers that are members of the CGIAR, Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (http://www.cgiar.org). It is also an autonomous intergovernmental association of 24 African member countries (http://www.africarice.org).
Africa Livestock humbly invite members to register to participate in ALiCE2014 conference, taking place at the Speke resort Munyonyo, Kampala, Uganda. You can register online at http://www.livestockafrica.com/conference/register/.
|When||18 to 20 Jun 2014|
|Where||Speke Resort & Conference Center (Uganda)|
|When||8 to 10 Oct 2014|
|Where||Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)|