WhatsApp for Agriculture: Digital Farming highlights the need for Digital Agriculture Extension

I remember one time I was asked to walk 10 kilometers away from home to find a local buyer to sell our marakuja and papaya fruit so that my parents could pay my school fees. This buyer in turn walked 10 kilometers to sell the fruit in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital. There were no mobile phones … More WhatsApp for Agriculture: Digital Farming highlights the need for Digital Agriculture Extension

Let’s Listen to Rural Women, urges Prof Bertini on Rural Women’s Day

For the International Day of Rural Women on 15 October, GAP Patron Prof. Catherine Bertini agreed to do a video interview to offer her insights into the challenges facing rural women today, and ways of helping them unleash their potential. In it, Prof. Bertini reminds us that the key challenge for women worldwide, and especially for poor rural … More Let’s Listen to Rural Women, urges Prof Bertini on Rural Women’s Day

Everyone is talking about Agripreneurship

I travelled a long distance from India and landed yesterday in Limbe, Cameroon to attend the 7th Annual Meeting of the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS), which kicked off today. Hats off to GFRAS! The agenda of the meeting, which covers the “The Role of Rural Advisory Services for Inclusive Agripreneurship” theme, looks … More Everyone is talking about Agripreneurship

Young Promising Scientist

The 2012 Louis Malassis Young promising Scientist Prize was awarded to Dr. Matty Demont at the Second Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD2) on 29th October 2012. This award is given to an exceptional young scientist who has carried out original and promising work in the field. Dr. Matty Demont is an Agricultural … More Young Promising Scientist

Kenyan farmer: “Research and Extension services fail to reach smallholder farmers in rural areas!”

“I was born here, and I am still here”, says Joseph Kaguata, a rural farmer in the Lari District, Kenya. According to the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), today there are about 500 million small farms in developing countries that are feeding and supporting 2 billion people, which is almost one third of humanity. … More Kenyan farmer: “Research and Extension services fail to reach smallholder farmers in rural areas!”

Breaking off the poverty chains: Urban farming in Nairobi, Kenya

Quite a number of us have practiced backyard farming: Rabbit keeping, vegetable/kitchen farming, poultry keeping and so forth in rural areas. These we keep as pets or even as a source of ready vegetables and meat for our daily consumption. The rapid increase in urbanization and subsequent rise in urban food insecurity has resulted to … More Breaking off the poverty chains: Urban farming in Nairobi, Kenya