All articles in 'Agrifocus'


Farmlands Worldwide Have Significant Tree Cover: S...

This is the first study to quantify the extent to which trees are a vital part of agricultural produ...

24th August 2009
Technology: Key to Environmental Sustainability an...

Today in Africa, organic farming practices surely cannot be characterized as either efficient or eco...

27th August 2009
Africa's Famine: Case of Drought or Malware?

When one talks about famine in Africa, it is also crucial to take a moment to evaluate the hostile a...

1st September 2009
Agriculture in Africa: Who is Driving It?

Africans receive food aid     Photo courtesy As long as Africans do not colle...

7th September 2009
Kampala: Concern Over Land Giveaways

The Uganda Land Alliance (ULA) is concerned about the recent spree of land giveaways by the governme...

8th September 2009
Agriculture: The Indigenous Way

The Green Revolution focused more on increased inputs and yields and totally ignored the local and t...

14th September 2009
Crop Production: Wider Stewardship Needed

The impact of dramatic warming or cooling of the earth can be so devastating on crops.

15th September 2009
Norman Borlaug: A Reminiscence

When people stop talking about farmers, when people fail to recognise their role in feeding the coun...

19th September 2009
Crop Production: Wider Stewardship Needed

Healthy discussions on whether climate change is human induced or not, have led to widening the scop...

21st September 2009
Pollination: Key to Food Security and Environmenta...

Elsewhere in the world, pollinators are highly protected. Likewise, they contribute a lot in terms o...

23rd September 2009
The World Seed Conference: Good for Farmers?

The patenting of seeds, extension of plant variety protection and rollout of a global regime of inte...

23rd September 2009
Food Security: Africa Must Honour Maputo Declarati...

Farmer field school in Uganda Photo courtesyWe live in a world dominated by buzzwords. T...

5th October 2009
Women and Food Insecurity in Africa

Indigenous societies' respect for the strategic knowledge held by women kept agriculture alive but W...

6th October 2009
Key Players in African Seed Sector Meet

Without a viable, sustainable system that provides our farmers with improved higher yielding and dis...

5th October 2009
Women and Food Insecurity in Africa

My father has the legal title to our land but it is my mother who spends 90% of her time hoe-in-hand...

13th October 2009
Rwanda Hailed for Focus on Agriculture

The Rwanda Investment Plan has clear priorities for addressing hunger, malnutrition and poverty chal...

11th December 2009
Climate Change: From Threat to Opportunity

“Climate change has brought humanity to a critical crossroads,” says Gerald Nelson, a senior researc...

14th December 2009
Smallholder Farming in Africa: Climate Casualty or...

For hundreds of millions of people in Africa, climate change is not about lowering smoke stack emiss...

15th December 2009
Malawi’s Land Policy Headed for Catastrophe

45 percent of Malawians – nearly half the population – will be without food between now and December...

5th January 2010
Climate Change Eschatology Bad for Agriculture

A step to reduce wastage say, in crop production, can go a long way in addressing environmental conc...

21st December 2009
Suspending Gratification...part of Stewardship

Farmers can exercise the right of consciously suspending "immediate gratification" if offered wider...

29th December 2009
Suspending Gratification...part of Stewardship

Farmers can exercise the right of consciously suspending "immediate gratification" if offered wider...

5th January 2010
Agro-imperialism: A Threat to Africa’s Survival

Africa is growing backwards. Koreans, Chinese and now Arabs have bought huge parcels of fertile land...

11th January 2010
Suspending Gratification...part of Stewardship

Populations facing starvation have not consciously opted to be hungry in order to enjoy life on anot...

12th January 2010
Improving Fortunes of Farmers in Africa's Savannah

Local farmers say the improved seeds have raised their incomes, improved health and agricultural pro...

19th January 2010
Conspiracy on Crop Production: Bacteria and Attitu...

Large swathes of land in western Kenya are infected by bacteria by the name Ralstonia solanacearum.

19th January 2010
IITA Tutors Africa on Fighting Banana Diseases

All familiar banana types - cooking, juicing, dessert and plantain - are in danger of being wiped ou...

25th January 2010
Crop Failure: Conspiracy or Lack of Awareness?

A reader was incensed at my use of “Conspiracy on crop production” in my previous posting. Sure enou...

3rd February 2010
Fertilizer Use Promises Increased Banana Yields

Yields doubled from 10 to 20 tonnes per hectare per year in Central Uganda with modest fertilizer ap...

8th February 2010
Crop Failure: Conspiracy or Lack of Awareness?

A reader was incensed at my use of “Conspiracy on crop production” in my previous posting. Sure en...

9th February 2010
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