Banana Paper Could Save East Africa’s Potatoes From Devastating Worms

Potatoes grown in the Kibirichia area of Mount Kenya. © 2010 CIAT Neil Palmer/Flickr Danny Coyne, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and Solveig Haukeland, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology Potatoes originated in South America, where they were domesticated about 8,000 years ago. The plants were eventually brought to Europe in the mid-1500s, […]

Rising Atmospheric CO₂ May Benefit Maize crops: First Experiment in African Conditions

Most maize production relies on natural rainfall, making it vulnerable to changing rainfall patterns. Shutterstock Brad Ripley, Rhodes University and Susanne Vetter, Rhodes University Global maize production is worth billions of dollars annually and is key to global food security because it’s a staple food for billions of people. Most maize production relies on natural […]

Hello Tractor, Heifer International Unveil Pay-As-You-Go Tractor Financing for Agripreneurs in Nigeria

Abuja, Nigeria – Seeking innovative ways to generate agribusiness opportunities for young African entrepreneurs, Heifer International announced today that it is investing $1 million in the tractor booking platform, Hello Tractor, to provide loans for tractor purchases—loans that can be repaid from revenues earned by leasing them to local farmers.