GIZ–GIAE and IITA target job creation and increased maize and cassava productivity in Nigeria

The Green Innovation Centre for the Agriculture and Food Sector Program (GIAE) – Nigeria is launching an 18-month project to boost maize and cassava production and create jobs for youth and women in the value chains. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für … Continue reading GIZ–GIAE and IITA target job creation and increased maize and cassava productivity in Nigeria

Zimbabwean farmers cultivate 138,000ha of maize under scheme

Farmers under the Pfumvudza programme have so far cultivated 138,000 hectares of maize with the early crop at tasseling stage, as the 2020/21 planting season advances. This, however, did not meet the proposed 216,000 hectares target that was set for the scheme. Although more farmers are said to be cultivating, even as the rains delay. Pfumvudza adopts conservation farming techniques, utilisation of small pieces of land as well as the application of good agronomic practices for higher returns. The concept which has been applied to maize, traditional grains and soya beans farming aims at commercialising smallholder agriculture. Speaking on the … Continue reading Zimbabwean farmers cultivate 138,000ha of maize under scheme

PFJ: Making maize cultivation profiting for smallholder farmers; the benefits, the challenges and the way forward

Farming, though not an attractive employment opportunity for many young individuals in the country, it is a blessing in disguise. Farming as a business is lucrative and at the same time very unattractive when approached with a cultural attitude. Undoubtedly, … Continue reading PFJ: Making maize cultivation profiting for smallholder farmers; the benefits, the challenges and the way forward

Ghana: Council for Scientific and Industrial Research & MoFA outdoors hybrid maize seed production manual

In an effort to boost local production of hybrid maize seed to discourage its importation, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have released a hybrid maize seed production manual. The 22-page … Continue reading Ghana: Council for Scientific and Industrial Research & MoFA outdoors hybrid maize seed production manual

Ghana: Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa supports production of certified seeds

The Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) is supporting six local seed producers to breed 6,000 tonnes of certified seeds to support smallholder farmers in the northern part of the country. The seed breeding project is themed: “Strengthening Ghana’s … Continue reading Ghana: Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa supports production of certified seeds