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East Africa: COMESA Advised on Postharvest Processing

An ag engineer from the University of Nairobi urges the member states of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) to adopt a strategy for postharvest management as a means to mitigate risks of loss involved with surplus production. He points to Brazil’s postharvest strategy as a model, citing it as the foundation […]

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USAID Assessment of Market Information Systems (MIS) in Africa

The results of an assessment carried out to determine the sustainability and scalability of MIS in Africa suggests it may be beneficial to combine market price services with other information services. The assessment focused on how MIS enhances trade and competitiveness of smallholder farmers. http://www.ictworks.org/2013/05/20/usaid-assessment-of-market-information-systems-in-africa/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=usaid-assessment-of-market-information-systems-in-africa

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Sustainable Intensification of Cereal-Based Farming Systems in Eastern and Southern Africa

Meeting minutes were published from the ‘Sustainable Intensification of cereal-based farming systems in Eastern and Southern Africa Project Inception Workshop‘ held from 6-9 February in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The minutes include crucial questions, magnitudes, and possible strategies to achieve better sustainable agriculture. http://africa-rising.wikispaces.com/Dar_Targets+group  

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East Africa: We Cannot Fail When the Rains Do

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) working to help farmers develop resiliency to droughts. PH infrastructure crucial in mitigating problems associated with drought. “There needs to be greater government and donor support for integrated soil fertility management, erosion control, agro-forestry, and reforestation, which are fundamental to preserving the natural resources — the principal capital asset of […]

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EAC Bloc in Talks Over Commodity Exchange Forum

The East African Community has kicked-off negotiations for the creation of a common commodity exchange to boost growers’ earnings and availability of food. The bloc is in talks with an independent international consultancy, Nicolas Berggruen Institute (NBI), that comprises a group of former heads of state and global entrepreneurs to help create the facility. The planned commodity […]

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