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Climate-Proofing Agriculture Must Take Centre Stage in African Policy

KIGALI, Rwanda – After over a year of extreme weather changes across the world, causing destruction to homes and lives, 2015-16 El Niño has now come to an end.

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Local scientists creating global impacts in agriculture

In a three-room lab outside Nairobi, Kenya, cutting-edge science is meeting time-honoured farming practices. Steven Runo, a senior lecturer with a specialisation in molecular biology, and his colleagues at Kenyatta University are using the tools of modern molecular biology to overcome constraints of growing maize, sorghum and rice.

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New online tool for seed selection in Kenya

Nairobi – Farmers in Kenya can now benefit from a new online tool that allows them to quickly obtain information on which seed varieties are best suited for local conditions.

MbeguChoice, a new online tool, was launched in Kenya early this month (10 June). continue reading »

G20 Summit can boost African agriculture

On the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), the African Union (AU) decided to declare 2014 as the Year of Agriculture and Food Security in Africa. ‘Never before has the vision for African agriculture been clearer’, writes Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, President of Mauritania and Chair of the African Union.

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Forum calls for key roles for women in agricultural R&D

Nairobi – African governments must place rural women farmers at the apex of agricultural research and scientific innovation to achieve sustainable development and economic growth, a conference has heard.

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‘Flying donkey’ drones, biobanks and more

SciDev.Net Podcast – In this month’s programme, we examine how the Ebola emergency has led to new forms of humanitarian response. One is the use of music to educate people about safety practices using accessible language and forms.

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