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22 Sep 2017 description
report EastAfrican

African countries are facing a maize shortage and losses running into billions of dollars due to the devastation caused by the fall armyworm.

A new report released by the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (Cabi) shows that improper management of the armyworm could cost 10 of the continent’s major maize producing economies between $2.2 billion and $5.5 billion per year in lost maize harvests.

06 Sep 2017 description
report EastAfrican

More than 300 million people rely on the waters of the River Nile.

The Nile river basin contains over 10 per cent of Africa’s landmass, in 11 countries: Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Egypt, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea and Kenya. Many of these countries rely almost exclusively on the Nile as their source of freshwater.

14 Sep 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By Jeff Otieno and Apolinari Tairo

IN SUMMARY

  • East Africans should brace for three months of El Niño rains, local and international meteorologists have warned.

  • The torrential rains are expected between September and December in most areas, but will extend to February next year in some parts of the greater Horn of Africa region.

29 Apr 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By DAVID NJAGI, TEA Special Correspondent

IN SUMMARY

  • An ongoing study shows that new stem borer species are colonising maize farms in the region, and could cost farmers about 88 per cent in crop losses.

  • The new stem borer species are projected to attack Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi and Ethiopia, according to Bruno Leru, the lead researcher of the IRD-Icipe programme.

Maize farmers in East Africa have been warned of a looming stem borer infestation weeks after the onset of the long rains.

14 Feb 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By SCOLA KAMAU, TEA Special Correspondent

In Summary

•GeoPoll, the global mobile survey platform, has partnered with Control Union, a global leader in agricultural certification, food safety and sustainability to boost agricultural productivity in Africa.

•For a start, the project will benefit countries such as Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Ghana, before expanding to key markets in Asia including Indonesia and the Philippines.

04 Sep 2014 description
report EastAfrican

By ISAAC KHISA Special Correspondent

IN SUMMARY

  • Plant genetic resources are seeds and planting materials (traditional and modern varieties, crop and wild plant species) that can be used to develop crop varieties resistant to pests and diseases as well as tolerant to climate change.

East African crop scientists have embarked on a five-year project to conserve indigenous plant genetic resources to improve food security across East Africa.

25 Nov 2013 description
report EastAfrican

By MICHAEL HAILU

BAMUTURAKI MUSINGUZI spoke to the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation (CTA) director at the sidelines of the ICT4Ag: The Digital Springboard for Inclusive Agriculture conference organised by CTA and various Rwandan ministries in Kigali on Nov 4-8.

How have farmers benefited from ICT?