The European Alliance on Agricultural knowledge for Development

Pioneering project estimates nutritional losses

The two-year project, led by the Natural Resources Institute (NRI) at the University of Greenwich, is being carried out in partnership with scientists from the University of Zimbabwe, the National Agricultural Research Laboratories in Kawanda, Uganda (NARL), the International Potato Center (CIP), and Purdue University and Iowa State University in the United States. “The team’s […]

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Mobile application developed to address post-harvest losses

3 July 2017. A mobile application has been developed to assist farmers to address the issue of high post-harvest losses from their produce. The application, called Chains of Human Intelligence towards Efficiency and Equity in Agro-Food Trade along the Trans-Africa Highway (CHEETAH), addresses losses when farmers are crossing borders. The mobile app, CHEETAH Smartphone Application, […]

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Why people believe the myth of ‘plastic rice’

5 July 2017. BBC. Why people believe the myth of ‘plastic rice’.  A video which falsely claims to “prove” the existence of fake plastic rice in the food supply Despite little evidence that it’s a widespread problem, rumours of “plastic” rice being sold in Africa and elsewhere persist on social media – driven in particular by […]

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Work with farmers to innovate, attract entrepreneurs

3 July 2017. SciDev. Work with farmers to innovate, attract entrepreneurs. Innovators need to work closely with farmers to create data and technologies that will boost sustainable agricultural growth in the global South, nutrition and data experts say. The experts noted during the Ministerial Conference on Agriculture and Nutrition Data and 4th Agritec Africa International Exhibition in […]

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Why fertiliser subsidies in Africa have not worked

1 July 2017. The Economist. Print edition | Middle East and Africa Jul 1st 2017| LUSAKALost in the maize. Why fertiliser subsidies in Africa have not worked. Good intentions, poor results ASK Anesi Chishiko about fertiliser, and she points to her goats and her trees. Manure and leaves are all that she folds into the earth on […]

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Farming: a cornerstone of Angola’s economic diversification

3 July 2017. In the Seventies, Angola was one of Africa’s leading farming nations. But years of civil war took its toll on the sector which only represents 10% of the country’s GDP today. Since the end of conflict fifteen years ago, a major effort has been made to boost agriculture – a vital necessity when […]

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