Volunteer Farmer Trainers Transform Lives in East Africa

Agriculture is a major source of employment in developing countries, but farmers in those countries often must contend with the challenge of accessing the education they need to improve their livelihoods. The East Africa Dairy Development (EADD) project aims to address this problem by introducing volunteer farmer trainers (VFTs) in Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda.

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VetAfrica app helps rural and remote farmers diagnose cattle

A new phone app called VetAfrica, developed by Cojengo, allows remote farmers in East Africa to access information on livestock illnesses without waiting for a vet to visit. Crowd-sourced and expert information is available anywhere there is a connection to the internet, which helps farmers diagnose and care for their cattle.

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Improving African Food Security with the Irish Potato

Although potatoes are an important crop in Ireland, they have historically not been widely cultivated in Africa, and have often not been included in food security discussions. However, the potato provides high nutrition and is adaptive to many climates. The Potato Centre of Excellence is dedicated to developing, sharing, and scaling best practices to maximize the potential benefit that potatoes can have for rural farming communities across Africa.

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Refutrees: Putting the roots in grassroots

Refugee communities, those facing both long and short-term displacement, are often reliant on donor resources for survival. Palestinian refugees, who number in the millions, have been displaced for decades. Multiple generations live in refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon, the West Bank, Syria and the Gaza Strip, environments that often provide limited opportunities for resource and economic sovereignty. To address this, …

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“Free the Seed” Gives Farming back to the Farmer

Three multinationals account for over half of global seed sales: Monsanto, DuPont, and Syngenta. A collective of specialists from the US has modeled a food initiative after the concept of open-source computer programming in an attempt to bypass these mega-corporations and increase access to high-grade seeds for poor farmers across the globe.

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Mobile Rapid Diagnostic Testing: Helping Farmers Protect Crops, People in East Africa

Farming in the Global South has always been a delicate task. A lack of modern farming tools and methods and a susceptibility to floods or droughts makes farming a precarious task that often results in low crop yields. Crops can fall victim to poison-inducing fungi which, when untreated, can cause severe illness in those who consume them. One of the …

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Connecting Small Farmers to Big Markets in Mali

In 2005, Tree Aid and Sahel Eco collaborated to address market-access issues confronting Malian farmers through the Mali Shea Tulu project. As Mali is one of the largest countries in Africa, farmers and producers are often located far from commercial centers. This logistical challenge limits producers’ ability to identify buyers for their products and often makes them reliant upon local …

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Biochar: An Old Technology with New Applications

The International Biochar Initiative is an international non-profit that seeks to promote the use of biochar, a solid material made from the carbonization of biomass, through research, commercial endeavours, policy,development workers, and farmers. There are a number of benefits of biochar that make it an innovative asset in a wide range of regions. As a natural soil enhancer, biochar effectively …

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Improving Farming through Radio Waves

Farm Radio International has been using radio signals to communicate information on lifesaving practices and programs for communities across Africa. Their programs discuss matters such as maternal health, nutrition, and agriculture. They have recently partnered with the African Farm Radio Research Initiative (AFRRI) and World University Service Canada to evaluate the results of one of their unique programs. The radio …

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