New programme to help digitise Zambian smallholder community

A US$25 million programme called AgriFin Accelerate (AFA) has now also been launched in Zambia to drive digital advancement for small scale farmers. The program was launched by Mercy Corps, an international humanitarian aid agency. It is run in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation, which works with non-profit organisations to…

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Organic farming: A viable option for small-scale farmers

Produce from organic farming is a niche market in first world cities; expensive food grown for rich city people who don’t want pesticides, herbicides or hormones to contaminate their palates. It’s a good market, so let’s not knock it. But organic can also be a far cheaper way for smallholders…

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Thin plastic frame improves income for beekeepers

The African Honey Bee company in Pretoria in South Africa was specifically established to assist poor communities in setting up viable beekeepers and beekeeping businesses. The company’s founder believes that in order to keep costs down, farmers should collaborate with their neighbours in these types of projects. Carien Kruger spoke…

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Farmer harvest cabbage much faster with mechanical ‘arm’

Farmer Deon Botha made this clever plan to harvest cabbage up to 50% faster than in the conventional way. Workers walk behind the eight meter long mechanical "arm" that he built, chop the heads of cabbage and put it on the "arm", that transports the cabbage with a conveyor belt…

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