african farming Articles

  • The Microeconomics of African Growth, 1950-2000

    Introduction This paper reviews African growth from the microeconomic perspective, focusing on the incentives and constraints facing key agents in the economy. To reduce the scale of the task we consider only the two most important types of agent: rural households and manufacturing firms. For most African economies rural households and manufacturing firms are the two agents whose behavior ...

  • Enriching African soils key to boosting crop yields

    In African countries where farmers have access and can afford to buy fertiliser, there is a profound difference in agricultural yields, a feature in Nature notes. The red soil found across much of the continent is low in organic matter and key nutrients, and intensive farming in ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Enhancing competitiveness, product quality and market integration of small mussel growers: a South African case study

    The key proposition in this paper is that the competitiveness of small firms operating in emerging economies and producing highly perishable products (e.g. mussels) is largely contingent on their ability to contend with high Transaction Costs (TC). The study examines the role of contracting in reducing TC associated with small-scale mussel farming in South Africa. Market risks, uncertainties, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Learning from African Farmers: How “Re-greening” boosts food security; curbs climate change

    President Obama is in Africa this week to discuss development, investment, health, and, notably, food security. The trip comes on the heels of the ...

  • How three U.S. mini-farms are sowing the seeds of global food security

    Tiny, biointensive operations show smallholder farmers from around the world how they can grow far more food than conventional approaches. Her face shaded by a wide-brimmed straw hat, Olawumi Benedict is cheerfully tending to her “little babies” — kale seedlings growing in shallow wooden flats until they’re hardy enough for transplantation into soil beds. Three miles over ...


    By Ensia

  • Corn, a Vital Staple Food in Africa

    Africa contributes the least to global warming than any other continent. However, it suffers greatly from some of the more serious impacts of climate changes. The statistics are shocking: Africa emits roughly 4% of greenhouse gas emissions, while the United States emits 23% of the total global greenhouse gasses. Unfortunately, along with Asia, Africa is the region where crop production is the ...


    By Agrivi Ltd

  • Africa Analysis: Filling climate data gaps is only the first step

    Africa is often blamed for having scarce and unreliable weather records that hold back predictions of how climate change will affect the continent. This has led to calls over the years for better climate-change science and record-keeping, with the most recent coming from ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Industrial biotechnology applications for food security in Africa: opportunities and challenges

    Industrial biotechnology promises to help improve food security in Africa by providing alternative farm inputs for crop and livestock production, improving the processing of animal and plant products (and remains) and providing an additional market for farmers. Such innovations could diversify rural economies, create jobs and promote the development of environmentally and economically sustainable ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Factors influencing water-use security among smallholder irrigating farmers in Msinga, KwaZulu-Natal Province

    This study investigates the physical, socio-economic and institutional factors affecting water-use security among irrigating smallholder farmers in Msinga Local Municipality to recommend policy. Cluster analysis was used to classify farmers according to their water-use security status. The logit model was then used to investigate the socio-economic factors influencing farmers' water-use ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • New tools and farmer training could revolutionize pesticide management in West Africa

    Field schools that train farmers in alternative methods of pest control have succeeded in nearly eliminating the use of toxic pesticides by a community of cotton growers in Mali, according to a new FAO study published today by the London-based Royal Society. The study was conducted in two areas - the Bla ...

  • Water resources management in Sub-Saharan Africa: a status review of Niger Republic

    Water determines the survival, health, and welfare of human beings and other biotic and abiotic communities, as well as destructive agents in some situations/times. More than a billion people do not have access to potable water and more than two billion people lack proper sanitation globally. For any environmentally sustainable usage of water resources to be meaningful a sound management ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • A win for farmers and the environment

    Is it possible to reduce pesticide use without compromising crop yields? Yes — and then some, according to a new study published in the journal Insects. Researchers at the University of Essex in the United Kingdom measured pesticide use and crop yield at 85 project sites in 24 Asian and African countries practicing integrated pest management ...


    By Ensia

  • Modern strains put Lake Victoria in critical condition

    Pollution and overfishing in Lake Victoria have become so severe that scientists believe they threaten the health and livelihoods of millions of East Africans.   And researchers in the three countries bordering the ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Zimbabwe`s New Farmers Fail to Deliver

    HARARE, Zimbabwe, (ENS) - Six years after President Robert Mugabe sanctioned violent invasions of Zimbabwe's commercial farmland - mostly but not entirely white owned - by landless peasants, the facts show that the so-called new farmers have failed dramatically to produce crops to feed their countrymen. The poor peasants who led the invasions, at the behest of Mugabe, have ...

  • The newest strategy for saving bees is really, really old

    With pollinators in decline around the world, conservationists turn to traditional farmers for answers. In northwestern India, the Himalaya Mountains rise sharply out of pine and cedar forests. The foothills of the Kullu Valley are blanketed with apple trees beginning to bloom. It’s a cool spring morning, and Lihat Ram, a farmer in Nashala village, shows me a ...


    By Ensia

  • The problems with the arguments against GM crops

    New evidence shows that arguments against GM crops are unfounded, says Margaret Karembu. The year 2013 marked the 18th consecutive year of commercial cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or now commonly referred to as biotech crops. And in just under two decades, the volume of ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Trees, bees and UBCs

    Tonnes of aluminium cans and foil recycled in the UK are being turned into new trees to provide food, medicines and income for the people of Burkina Faso in West Africa - one of the poorest countries in the world. This article explains the workings of an innovative collaboration. A30-year-old subsistence farmer and mother of five stands proudly next to a sapling in the stifling heat of an ...


    By Recycling International

  • Burkina Faso farmers lead the way on food security and climate change resilience

    If you want to know how to grow crops in the face of climate change, drought, and land degradation, ask Ousséni Kindo, Ousséni Zoromé, or Yacouba Sawadogo—three farmers in Burkina Faso’s Yatenga region. Policy makers, researchers, and NGO representatives gathered earlier this year at ...

  • Food sustainability: Key resources

    From contentious hunger estimates to trends in agriculture, Zareen Pervez Bharucha outlines a range of resources. Hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity The website of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations is a key resource and offers access to several reports on hunger and ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • New Map Documents Natural Resource Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Many countries in Africa are rich with trees, wildlife, minerals, and other natural resources. But as new WRI research and an interactive map show, few national laws provide communities with strong, secure rights to the resources on their land. WRI conducted a systematic review of the national framework laws for five natural ...

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