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Ancient DNA is revealing the origins of livestock herding in Africa

Livestock, like these goats in the Rift Valley of Tanzania, are critical to household economies in East Africa. Katherine Grillo, CC BY-ND Mary Prendergast, Saint Louis University – Madrid and Elizabeth Sawchuk, Stony Brook University (The State University of New York)Visitors to East Africa are often amazed by massive herds of cattle with a ...
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Can African smallholders farm themselves out of poverty?

Hard work and poor prospects for smallholder farming households in Africa. Swathi Sridharan (formerly ICRISAT, Bulawayo), CC BY-SA David Harris, Bangor University; Jordan Chamberlin, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), and Kai Mausch, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)A great deal of research on agriculture in Africa is organi...
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How digital technologies can help Africa's smallholder farmers

Digitisation includes the delivery of agronomic advice and information via text messaging and interactive voice response. www.cta.int/ Abdul-Rahim Abdulai, University of Guelph; Emily Duncan, University of Guelph, and Evan Fraser, University of GuelphDigitisation could change the game for agriculture in Africa. That’s a key message in a repor...
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