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Faidherbia - Africa's fertiliser factory

Faidherbia - Africa's fertiliser factory

Soil degradation has led to reduced crop yields in Malawi. But conservation agriculture - preserving soil structure by practising minimum tillage farming and planting the nitrogen-fixing Faidherbia albida acacia tree - could restore degraded land, reduce input costs and potentially triple maize yields.

Date published: January 2010

Kenya's coffee industry shows dramatic growth

Kenya's coffee industry shows dramatic growth

Traditionally, Kenya has enjoyed the reputation of being the best producer of Arabica coffee in the world. But in recent years, Kenyan Arabica has been blended with coffee from other sources and, as a result, Uganda has overtaken Kenya in the coffee stakes. In response, the government has taken a number of steps to improve Kenya's performance as a quality coffee producer.

Date published: January 2010

Agricultural trade in the Pacific - it's a FACT

Agricultural trade in the Pacific - it's a FACT

Renowned for their inter-island trade, Pacific Islanders are struggling to participate in global markets. But with support from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, small companies are benefitting from the export of high-value, low-volume goods.

Date published: November 2009

Coping with drought: A community-led response

Coping with drought: A community-led response

With as much as 60 per cent of livestock in Kenya's South Rift valley lost during a two-year drought, local community elders have commissioned a survey to investigate the impacts. The findings are guiding their discussions on how to be better prepared for drought in future.

Date published: November 2009

Taming China's Yellow Dragon

Taming China's Yellow Dragon

In China, afforestation could be turning the tide against rampant desertification. A tree-planting project in the Kubuqi desert has been described as a flagship project by the UN Convention to Combat Desertification.

Date published: November 2009

Kenya's horticulture business in wilt

Kenya's horticulture business in wilt

Horticulture, Kenya's leading foreign exchange earner, is faced with two serious challenges: prolonged dry weather and low export demand. In response, growers are adopting new technology, including hydroponics, and improving the efficiency of water and nutrient usage.

Date published: November 2009

A patent problem with Enola bean

A patent problem with Enola bean

Now overturned, a US-registered patent on yellow bean caused havoc for Mexican bean growers for a decade. CIAT, which successfully fought the patent, is now working with patent offices to improve their access to relevant information when considering patents on plant materials.

Date published: September 2009

Tanzania flexes its Green Muscle

Tanzania flexes its Green Muscle

In June 2009, Green Muscle - a biopesticide containing fungal spores - was used to treat a 10,000 ha locust breeding site in Tanzania, successfully preventing a plague which could have devastated the food crops of up to 15 million people.

Date published: September 2009

Certifying seed in Zambia's poorest province

Certifying seed in Zambia's poorest province

In Zambia's remote Western Province, an association of local growers is selling high yielding cereal seed, certified by a recently-opened seed testing laboratory. Both the Association and its customers are now reaping the benefits, in the form of increased yields and incomes.

Date published: September 2009

Uganda's GPS stock-take

Uganda's GPS stock-take

Over 36,000 families from all of Uganda's 80 districts are being surveyed under the National Agricultural Census. Plots sizes are measured using GPS equipment, with the gathered data used to guide agricultural development policy.

Date published: September 2009

 

 

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