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Evergreen, Nipa and ‘push-pull’ presented at global innovations forum 2015


Agriculture as practiced in most parts of the world today will simply not feed a human population of 9 billion by 2050. Innovation in food production is needed, and it needs to be adopted on a wide scale. Indeed, the purpose of the ongoing Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) 2015 has been to […] Continue Reading

Green entrepreneurship: Empowering farmers for sustainable future


MWAZIPEZA CHANDA, Lusaka TRADITIONAL knowledge can help turn the tide against deforestation and poverty in Chongwe as more farmers become environmentally conscious and turn to ‘green farming’. Most communities in Chongwe’s farming area are experiencing low crop yields due to decreased soil fertility and unpredictable rain patterns over the years. Rampant tree cutting has caused […] Continue Reading

‘Climate-smart agriculture’ vital, researchers pontificate

AGRICULTURE across Africa must undergo a significant transformation to meet the multiple challenges of climate change, food insecurity, malnutrition, poverty and environmental degradation,a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future has said. According to the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), the envisaged transformation includes the adoption of ‘Climate-Smart Agriculture’ (CSA) which […] Continue Reading

Bean breakthrough bodes well for climate change challenge


Scientists are hailing a new breed of bean seed as a breakthrough, thanks to its ability to grow amid rising temperatures and yield more nutritional value, qualities they believe can thwart the anticipated destruction of nearly half of all bean production. The new seed was launched on Wednesday by scientists from the Consultative Group for […] Continue Reading

The ‘unlikely hero’ that transforms lands and livelihoods in Uganda


Poor soils make people poor. The people living in the area that borders Lake Victoria in Uganda know this for a fact: They have seen maize yields on their small plots of land dwindle, as they can often not afford the fertilizer the nitrogen-hungry crop requires to grow strong. Income and nutrition levels drop. The […] Continue Reading