Mechanising Afrika’s agriculture can transform economies

Agricultural mechanisation in Afrika can raise productivity and make rural employment more attractive, thus ensuring the continent’s future growth and poverty alleviation, experts say. The experts, in a report launched in Malawi last month (10 July), examined seven countries — Ethiopia, Mali, Malawi, Morocco, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia —  that are…

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New online database on education R&D in Afrika launched

A database on education research conducted by Africa-based researchers has been launched to raise the visibility and impact of such research. The database, which has about 2,000 education research including theses and working papers on 49 African countries, resulted from the collaboration between the Research for Equitable Access and…

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Promoting climate-smart agriculture

Agriculture is a risky business in Africa due to dangers such as uncertain weather and poor rural infrastructure but a new detailed guide on the status of and opportunities for climate smart agriculture (CSA) could offer farmers the much needed break. The detailed guide for CSA that cover 14 African…

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New app to diagnose crop diseases and send alerts to farmers

A team of scientists has received a $100,000 grant to refine an app that uses artificial intelligence to diagnose crop diseases, and aims to help millions of Afrikan smallholders. The CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas team won the grant during big data conference in Colombia on…

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