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Unlocking the potential of Africa's farmland

It's market day. The stalls and shops of Kagiyo town, in the Kenyan central district of Kirinyaga, are busy with trade in fresh produce and other goods. Suddenly, on the main street, a commotion starts up outside one of stores that sells seeds, tools and other farm inputs...

Not by farming alone

Not everyone who lives in a rural area is directly involved in agriculture, and not all agriculture is conducted in rural areas and yet despite this overlapping and blurring of distinctions between locations and activities, the emphasis of extension services continues to be on agriculture in the rural environment...

Mouldy sorghum finds its niche

With annual growth in broiler production of around 20%, Indian poultry producers are struggling with feed supply. The shortage is largely due to the poor performance of maize, nationally maize yields are only increasing at around 3% per year, and are not expected to improve. Could mouldy sorghum fill the gap...

Breeding from the bottom up

The American beef industry depends heavily on small family farms to breed the stock to supply the beef cattle chain. Whilst the profits to be made may be very good, the margins made by the farmers who supply one of the world's largest beef industries are often far from handsome. But a recent development may help the smaller scale producers to make more money...

The African Agricultural Technology Foundation

The African Agricultural Technology Foundation was recently launched in Kenya, to help African farmers access new and better technologies to improve farming systems...

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