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Connect Uganda, a Rural Library Project for Local Farmers

Connect Uganda, a Rural Library Project for Local Farmers | African News | Scoop.it
In rural Uganda, local libraries have installed solar panels to power tablets for internet access, allowing farmers to learn about new crops, farming methods, and changing market prices for their goods.

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Climate-Hit Zimbabwe Farmers Opt for Traditional Crop Varieties

Climate-Hit Zimbabwe Farmers Opt for Traditional Crop Varieties | African News | Scoop.it

In a changing climate where rainfall has become even more unpredictable than before, Moyo plants every inch of her small plot with traditional seed varieties. The benefits, she says are big in terms of resilience to unpredictable conditions, crop diversity and food variety throughout the year.

 

Moyo, a farmer in Jambezi ward, 300 km north of Bulawayo, credits much of her success as a farmer to conservation agriculture techniques, such as planting seeds in holes that collect water and extend the moisture available to thirsty plants.

 

But she also grows traditional crops whose seed she can save and sell to other farmers. She focuses on "open pollinated varieties" - plant types that are pollinated by wind and insects, and whose seeds can be saved for planting the next year, unlike store-bought hybrid seeds.

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Sometimes, for all the advances science makes, the old ways are the best ways.

 

Movement is not always progress.

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Silicon Savannah

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Can a Nairobi-based software developer create a mobile phone app to help Kenya's hard-pressed subsistence farmers?

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Kenyan Scientist Wins Food Innovation Award

Washington — Charity Mutegi, a 38-year-old agricultural scientist from Kenya, will receive an international award that recognizes young researchers for innovation in food security.

 

"Dr. Mutegi is an inspiration to other young scientists around the world. She tackled a critical problem and has effectively transferred her own scientific knowledge to farmers and policymakers to help improve food safety for the entire region," said Kenneth Quinn, president of the World Food Prize Foundation.

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Kenyans, like all other Africans, are capable of leading the world in their chosen professions - and making the world a better place while they do it.

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