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A dangerous invasive alien weed known as field dodder could be a serious menace to agriculture and biodiversity across Sub-Saharan Africa, and reduce crop yields, scientists say. A scientist who has been studying the toxic weed for a decade in Africa estimates that over US$1.1 billion will be needed for research on how to completely eradicate the weed and to mobilise farmers and policymakers to tackle the scourge. James Koske, acting dean of the School of Environmental Studies at Kenya’s Kenyatta University, in an exclusive interview with SciDev.Net, said the alien weed is persistently devastating the African ecosystem and threatening to
In an Article recently published in The Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, CABI authors set out to discover more about gender differences in access to rural agricultural information. The research was undertaken in Pakistan and found major gender differences regarding use and preference of agricultural information in relation age and literacy. While agricultural advisory services are set up to ensure that valuable agricultural information reaches the most rural populations, women in these communities often do not have equal access to them. This means that broadly speaking, women in rural agriculture have less access to not only advisory services but
As farming and agriculture first developed in the ancient world, so did the problem of storing the produce after a harvest. There have been many solutions over the centuries; depending on location and culture, grain and other produce would be stored in baskets, dried on roofs and buried like valuable treasure underground in an attempt to keep the food for longer. Luckily we’re living in the era of technology and grain storage has now become a whole lot simpler for the average farmer. In fact, there is usually only one simple choice to make: which storage system do I use
An upgrade to a mobile phone app now offers farmers across Africa even more benefits and cutting-edge fertilizer use technology. This will help farmers to grow healthier, more productive with increasingly profitable crops, as a result of more informed use of how small amounts of fertilizer impact the crops which they grow. Pilot work on the CABI Fertilizer optimizer app in Uganda has shown that some farmers realised up to a seven-fold increase in yields. Using funding from the BBSRC Global Challenges Research Fund, the app has now been upgraded to make it easier to use. The new app includes the
A CABI-led study which compares male and female perceptions of access to and use of agricultural advisory services to help improve yields says women should take a lead role in helping to reduce inequalities which hinder their contribution to farming. Julien Lamontagne-Godwin, lead author of a new paper, published open access in the Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, says a network of ‘trained and knowledge-rich female lead “contact” farmers’ could be trialled to understand its potential role in improving the dissemination of agricultural information to women in farm households. Lamontagne-Godwin argues that the ‘development of gender-responsive approaches and targeted
Agriculture loans in Nigeria are loans meant for a wide range of agricultural and farming purposes. Farmers are supposed to apply for loans to buy supplies for the cultivation of food grain crops along with other purposes such as horticulture, animal husbandry, aquaculture, and floriculture and sericulture businesses. Others purchases for which agricultural loans can be taken include construction of bio-gas plants and irrigation systems along with agricultural land through special types of agricultural finance. In 2016 the Central Bank of Nigeria in partnership with the bank of agriculture pledged N200 billion to finance the input of farmers in Nigeria. What is
What is satellite crop monitoring? Satellite crop monitoring is an agricultural technology that facilitates the farmer to monitor the real-time crop vegetation index using spectral analysis of high-resolution satellite images from different fields and also set of crops which therefore enables the farmer to track the crop development in the field. In monitoring crop development, a farmer will observe positive growth, a scenario that is desirable and a wish of every farmer. In other cases, however, a farmer may detect negative events, but he is able to take measures early. Satellite crop monitoring allows a farmer to perform crop monitoring
Agriculture plays a vital role in the Nigerian economy and a critical source of growth in many developing countries. It is also a means of livelihood for the rural populace and a source of investment opportunities for the private sector. However, Agriculture is exposed to adverse natural events, such as drought, flood, windstorm, pest, diseases, etc. The impact and economic costs of such disasters may increase further in the near future because of climatic factors occasioned by climate change. These events, in most cases, can lead to the impoverishment of farmers if not checked or controlled. Agricultural Insurance is a
Agriculture is an economic activity that is being practiced by many countries internationally. Through different agricultural activities both livestock keeping and farming has resulted in the economic growth of many nations globally. Besides, agriculture is the source of livelihood in most households worldwide. However, agricultural keeps on advancing every through various technology system that is the current agriculture will be different from the future. It is anticipated that the future farming will result in increases yield of crop production and reduced adverse effects on the crops. As a result, the next agriculture will focus on crop monitoring, drones, as well
The mobile telephony service is powered by Airtel using the 3-2-1 Service of Viamo. Farmers with Airtel sim cards who want to access the service and get good advice on cassava production can simply dial 3-2-1 and listen to all the information they need to make the most out of cassava production. Alfred Dixon, IITA Director for Development & Delivery, said the use of mobile phones would give farmers, especially women, access to the knowledge they need to improve their livelihoods. “The mobile approach will also enable the recommendations contained on the ‘Six Steps to Cassava Weed Management and Best
Whether you have owned a farm for years, or you’re simply interested in the field of agriculture, there are plenty of ways to break into the writing scene with other freelance agriculture writers. You don’t necessarily have to be an expert on tilling the land and taking care of animals in order to write profound, informative pieces on agriculture; however, you do have to be creative, clear and concise. Tips For Breaking Into The Agriculture Writing Industry: Know how to market your education and background. For instance, I attended Michigan State University, one of the top agriculture colleges in the
Lauren Nadeau said it best, “Farmers now have another responsibility after harvesting the day’s crops. They report about it on Twitter.” The day has come where you can’t just harvest some corn, but you have to tell people what you did and how you did it. Social media overcomes geographical boundaries and creates communities who share common interests. But, like every other technical update this century, social media has changed the way things are done and perceived. Agriculture, being one of the industries we rely on heavily, is being affected by social media. In the “Wild West,” before social media, groups
Better policies to improve the environmental performance of the agriculture sector A key challenge for the agriculture sector is to feed an increasing global population, while at the same time reducing the environmental impact and preserving natural resources for future generations. Agriculture can have significant impacts on the environment. While negative impacts are serious, and can include pollution and degradation of soil, water, and air, agriculture can also positively impact the environment, for instance by trapping greenhouse gases within crops and soils, or mitigating flood risks through the adoption of certain farming practices. The OECD monitors the linkages between the
Although it depends heavily on the oil industry for its budgetary revenues, Nigeria is predominantly still an agricultural society. Approximately 70 percent of the population engages in agricultural production at a subsistence level. Agricultural holdings are generally small and scattered. Agriculture provided 41 percent of Nigeria’s total gross domestic product (GDP) in 1999. This percentage represented a normal decrease of 24.7 percent from its contribution of 65.7 percent to the GDP in 1957. The decrease will continue because, as economic development occurs, the relative size of the agricultural sector usually decreases. Nigeria’s wide range of climate variations allows it to
Farming can typically be isolating, but communication within agriculture has never been more accessible at the tip of your fingers than now. With access to an internet connection social media can be incorporated into businesses to make communication a better and more efficient process. Due to changing technology methods of production in Ag have developed extensively in recent years. Coinciding with the changes in tech are new methods being introduced to communicate these developments. Farming has a negativity surrounding its image due to organizations campaigning against the industries environmental values and treatment of animals. New methods of communication however are


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