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Tanzania: Farmers improve pigs’ health and hygiene to manage African swine fever

Joachim Laizer January 15, 2018

Cuthbert Swai built a house and small enclosures for pigs and chickens on his three-and-a-half acres in Boma Ng’ombe district, about 130 […]

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Malawi: Mice, fires, and hungry livestock challenge farmers wanting to use crop residues

Mark Ndipita January 15, 2018

If you walk along the main roads and pass through the sparse villages, you will see stretches of maize fields covering the […]

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Zambia: Conservation agriculture helps fight climate change and hunger (IPS)

admin January 15, 2018

Damiano Malambo was skeptical about conservation agriculture—until El Nino hit southern Zambia and left millions of people without food. He recalls: “The […]

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Kenya: Farmers grow soya beans to manage striga

Emmanuel Nyakwana Ongwae January 08, 2018

It’s midday and Francis Babu is using a hoe to weed his maize and soya beans. The movements of his hands and […]

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Nigeria: Government support needed for farmers to fight desertification, experts say (IRIN)

admin January 08, 2018

When Abbas Gandi lost much of his crop to desertification and drought a few years ago in northwestern Nigeria, he was so […]

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Zimbabwe: Seed banks help farmers adapt to climate change (IRIN)

admin January 08, 2018

Jameson Sithole grows maize on 15 of his 17 hectares in Chipinge, in Zimbabwe’s Manicaland Province. He grows small indigenous grains on […]

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Mali: Dual-purpose sorghum grows faster and bigger, even with little rain

Mariam Koné December 18, 2017

Farmers who tried growing dual-purpose sorghum in southwestern Mali this year say the new varieties could help prevent hunger even during drought. […]

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Ethiopia: Farmers tend sorghum with care to improve their livelihoods

Netsanet Hailu December 18, 2017

Sorghum is the dominant crop in most of the Wollo Zones in central Ethiopia, and plays a major role in the livelihoods […]

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Tanzania: Farmers and researchers scramble for solutions to Fall armyworm ahead of maize season

Joachim Laizer December 18, 2017

After 35 years of farming, Joachim Joseph thought he knew what was eating his maize. Mr. Joseph manages Tumaini Farm, a 150-acre […]

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Tanzania: Maize farmers turn to cell phones and radios for help adapting to drought

Jaime Little December 11, 2017

Fatuma Aly Kajogoo adjusts her red headscarf to keep the sweat out of her eyes. She stands smiling among rows of maize […]

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Tanzania: Radio and SMS help cassava farmers adapt to drought

Gaudensia Mngumi December 11, 2017

At her home in Janga village in Kibaha district on the coast of Tanzania, Rehema Mwamchela looks at her fields, where she […]

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Kenya: Text message network allows farmers without internet to share ideas (Trust)

admin December 11, 2017

One morning last February at her farm in Meru, eastern Kenya, Catherine Kagendo realized that one of her cows could not stand. […]

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