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July 5, 2018Knowledge Portal
Eyes in the sky: How drones and satellites can transform African agriculture

This blog is on precision agriculture, in which micro-level data on e.g. stress, moisture and the presence of pests, is gathered by drones or satellites and used to enhance decision making on the farm. Results of a pilot study demonstrated the potential real-world impact of the the precision farming model. »

June 5, 2018Knowledge Portal
Agroforestry: Why don’t farmers plant more trees?

This blog focuses around the question: why isn’t every farmer planting trees? Agroforestry has proven to cultivate more diverse, productive and profitable crops, helps protect the environment and gives financial benefits. The main reasons farmer resist agroforestry are described as well as opportunities for adoption. »

May 6, 2018Knowledge Portal
Innovations in food systems: the key to human and planetary health

This blog argues that innovations in technologies, policies, and institutions will be critical in reshaping food systems for nutrition, health, inclusion and sustainability. Global cooperation is key to ensuring that innovations in food systems are widely disseminated and contribute positively to global development. »

May 3, 2018Knowledge Portal
Effectively assessing household food security status

This blog is about the Household Food Insecurity Access Scale (HFIAS), a standardized, robust and cost-efficient tool to measure the occurrence and severity of food insecurity. The HFIAS tool strikes a good balance between practical field-level applicability and reliability of the ensuing data. »

April 17, 2018Knowledge Portal
Farming crops with rocks to reduce CO2 and improve global food security

This blog describes a study that suggests that adding fast-reacting silicate rocks to croplands could capture CO2 and give increased protection from pests and diseases while restoring soil structure and fertility. »

April 16, 2018Knowledge Portal
Want to make agriculture attractive for Africa’s youth? More bitumen please

This blog explores unconventional solutions to make agriculture “sexy” for Africa’s young people. Currently, making agriculture sexy for youth is focused on increasing the profitabiltity of the sector. However, for youth it’s not just about money. »