Tag Archives: Tropical agriculture

27Jan/22

Study Heralds a New Transformative Solution for the Crop Destroying Fall Armyworm

Oxitec Ltd, the leading developer of biological solutions to control pests that transmit disease, destroy crops and harm livestock, today announced the publication of early results heralding a new, transformative crop protection solution for the sustainable management of one of the world’s most devastating crop pests.
The fall armyworm targets maize and is estimated to be responsible for more than US$10 billion in annual crop damage and losses around the world. Continue reading

11Sep/17

Pap in a pack – Nigerian entrepreneur turns traditional meal into hot commodity

A traditional staple meal made from maize or sorghum and consumed widely across Africa in different forms, Pap is being sold in Nigeria in a labelled, convenient pack with a guarantee that it is hygienically prepared and fit for export. Entrepreneur Ijeoma Ndukwe has big plans to take this simple porridge to Nigeria’s huge Diaspora population with an insatiable taste for home, and while it is not too different from what people have consumed for generations, Ndukwe says her business plan offers a more ‘complete package’.
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21Mar/17

Tiny predator is Top Gun of the insect world

A tiny fly, the size of a grain of rice, could be the Top Gun of the insect world after Cambridge scientists identified its remarkable ability to detect and intercept its prey mid-air, as Stuart McDill reports. Continue reading

10Jan/17

Zambia military goes on chemical offensive against maize munching pest

Zambia’s military and other government agencies are working to contain an invasion of army worms in maize fields in parts of the country. The army worms, which feast on young maize plants and are capable of wiping out entire fields, have been spotted in about six of Zambia’s 10 provinces, threatening the country’s staple crop.

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29Dec/15

A look at how African farmers developed agriculture and tackled challenges in 2015

The push to see Africa grow its Agriculture continued in 2015 with governments encouraged to improve infrastructure and technology for farmers. Areas being farmed by African smallholders are only producing around one metric tonne per hectare, compared with seven tonnes in developed markets. An ongoing drought in southern Africa also affected crop yields this year and forced farmers to cut the size of their herds.

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