Swopping crops to improve food production and water use

By suggesting and rearranging where and what type of crops farmers plant globally, scientists have calculated that crop production can be increased to feed an extra 825 million people. Scientists have calculated that global crop production can be increased to feed an extra 825 million people through rearranging the locations…

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Deceiving tsetse flies with waterbuck ‘perfume’

Researchers may have found a solution to keep tsetse flies away – a perfume collar that deters the fly with the scent of the waterbuck. A team of researchers from the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), the Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources, the Centre for Development Research…

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AB InBev and SU partnership to improve research

Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV (AB InBev) and agronomists and food scientists from the Stellenbosch University in South Africa’s Western Cape will partner on a R6 million research project on beer producing grains. Dr Nikki Else, Research and Development Manager: Agriculture Africa at AB InBev, said projects on cassava and sorghum will…

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Zambian lawmakers slam “outdated” irrigation policy

The Zambian parliamentary committee on agriculture has slammed the existing irrigation policy and weak institutional implementation structures. In a report on the importance of agriculture, the committee recommended urgent amendments to the irrigation policy and suggested that institutional structures be improved to spur on a vibrant irrigation sub-sector. “Our findings…

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