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Kenyan’s livestock insurance scheme bags awards

kenya cattle

Researcher Andrew Mude and colleagues also receive USAID Award for Scientific Excellence; Both awards honour innovative use of satellite tech and community outreach to develop livestock insurance for vulnerable herding communities in Horn of Afric. Dr. Andrew Mude, an economist and principal scientist at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), will be presented with the 2016 Norman Borlaug Award for ...

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Farmers demand investment in ecological farming

Kenyan farmer

Thirty smallholder farmers from Kiambu, Meru, Machakos and Makueni counties in Kenya on Tuesday set off from Thika on a four-day resilience journey that will see them engage county leaders and Kenyans on the ideal agricultural system that they envision for country and continent, exhibit produce, share knowledge and share seeds to their counterparts. The farmers will make stops in Machakos, ...

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West Timor honey harvest in harmony with forest protection

A new research has shown that the annual harvesting of wild honey may be one of the most sustainable and effective governance measures now protecting the Mount Mutis Nature Reserve in West Timor, Indonesia. The Kanoppi research project, a combined effort between the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), has found that the customary laws surrounding ...

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Nigerian farmers benefit from millet, sorghum initiative

Millet farm

The Phase II of Harnessing Opportunities for Productivity and Enhancement (HOPE)‎, an initiative intended to help farmers of millet and sorghum in Nigeria, is being implemented with new seeds varieties provided farmers in four states in the country. The programme is being supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation under the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)‎. Team ...

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244 Cameroonian farmers seek justice over land trespass

Palm oil plantation

Greenpeace Africa, who documented the abuse made by the company for the last seven years, launches a call in support for the communities Local communities affected by large-scale palm oil plantation have taken their case to the Court of First Instance in Bangem, south-west Cameroon, with the first hearing set for 9 November. Greenpeace Africa, who documented the abuse made by ...

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Roads used by loggers fingered as major challenge


When logging concessions are issued with very limited terms, they are often spotlighted by conservationists as harbingers of ecological harm to come. Another serious threat is the existence of logging roads that have continued to damage the environment and forest even after the logging stops. A new study by forest experts has found out that logging, both legal and illegal, ...

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ISSD: Africa urged to restore seed sector to boost productivity


African governments need to act now and revamp the continent’s seed sector for increased agricultural productivity. Delegates to the Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) Africa Synthesis Conference that ended on Tuesday in Nairobi, Kenya, who made the submission, said that a vibrant seed sector would help Africa improve food and nutrition security. The experts were drawn from academia, government and ...

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Scientists to examine Africa’s seed sector growth


Experts in seed issues are set to meet September 19 – 20, 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya, for a two-day conference that aims to share the outcomes of the two-year Piloting Phase by the Kenya-based Integrated Seed Sector Development in Africa (ISSD Africa). Themed “Breakthroughs for a vibrant seed sector in Africa”, the conference is organised by ISSD Africa in collaboration ...

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Indonesia, EU agree on moves to curb illegal logging

Illegal logging negatively impacting IGR, laments Ogun

Indonesia and the European Union on Thursday agreed that, beginning 15 November 2016, Indonesia can issue the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) licences to verified legal timber products it exports to the EU. The FLEGT Action Plan of 2003 is the EU’s initiative against illegal logging, which aims to reduce illegal logging by strengthening the sustainability and legality ...

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Golden rice and anti-GM rice propaganda

white rice

Last week, the print and electronic media in Nigeria were awash again with a major propaganda news item on Genetically Modified Foods. This time, what looks like a false alarm was raised by unidentified sources that Dangote Plc and the Nigerian government have flooded Nigerian market with GMO rice. The news item was followed with a warning that “eating GMO ...

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