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

Why Ghana’s agricultural growth has slowed down

In part I of a three-part series, Farmerline look at the many challenges that confront Ghana’s agriculture sector. Ghana is faced with a harsh reality: a decline in agricultural productivity continues to threaten the economic development of the country. Inadequate finances, climate change, poor pricing and marketing incentives, inadequate agricultural extension agents, pest and diseases and … More Why Ghana’s agricultural growth has slowed down

Mobile Phones: Helping field extension officers transform Ghana’s agricultural sector

“One of the largest challenges traditionally experienced by Ghana’s smallholder farmers has been a lack of transparent information especially with the challenges that extension farmers go through,” says Schandorf Adu Bright, Director of Farmer Services at Farmerline, a Partner in GFAR. … More Mobile Phones: Helping field extension officers transform Ghana’s agricultural sector

¿Quiénes son los “Transfarmers”?

Al igual que los Transformers (como los de la película), que pueden cambiar de forma para cumplir distintas tareas, la pequeña agricultura puede también transformarse para cumplir diversas funciones, más allá de su rol de productor de alimentos. En la sesión de apertura del Comité Global de Seguridad Alimentaria N°43 (#CFS43), Elizabeth Mpfou, pequeña agricultora … More ¿Quiénes son los “Transfarmers”?

Management of natural resources = increased profitability for smallholders

Conserving biodiversity and increasing production of smallholders: Click to see the full video. Greed, poverty, hunger, and ignorance have resulted in massive mismanagement of natural resources. Extremes have been reached in some regions of the world making it close to impossible to strike a balance. The cost of preserving natural resources have also skyrocketed as … More Management of natural resources = increased profitability for smallholders

Farmer-led innovations: Entrepreneurship or livelihood?

Farmers are silently innovating, adopting new practices and continuously improving. Innovations are a blend of traditional knowledge and modern science. At the Second Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD2) in Punta del Este, Uruguay, farmer led innovations has been highlighted as a major focus area. A smallholder farmer “Kanwal Singh Chauhan” from Haryana in … More Farmer-led innovations: Entrepreneurship or livelihood?

Farmers’ cooperation: Successful story of cattle farming in Uruguay

Livestock is integral part of a country’s agriculture, and Uruguay is no exception. The livestock industry in the country is based on smallholder family owned farms. The strength of livestock in Uruguay is based on inter-farmer cooperation; when farmers have a problem they will gather together and share their ideas and experience. This is the … More Farmers’ cooperation: Successful story of cattle farming in Uruguay

Se creó una nueva variedad de semilla de cebolla en Uruguay

La innovación está presente en la agricultura. En la localidad de Sauce (Canelones) Alicia Rodríguez, junto a su marido (ambos productores), desarrollaron una nueva variedad de semilla de cebolla y la distribuyen por todo el país. No sólo fue una idea que se llevó a la práctica y funcionó, sino que también logró gran éxito … More Se creó una nueva variedad de semilla de cebolla en Uruguay

Harmonious efforts taking Uruguayan agricultural producers to the world market

When local efforts receive public support the result is success at the global stage. At least this is so in the case of local agricultural producers of the Uruguayan province of Canelones. The two success stories shown in the above video clip highlight the achievements of the onion seed producers at the locality of Sause … More Harmonious efforts taking Uruguayan agricultural producers to the world market

Uruguay, líder en investigación e innovación agrícola

Uruguay desarrolla una agricultura inteligente gracias a sus riquezas naturales y la investigación aplicada en ámbitos como la sanidad animal, la trazabilidad del ganado y la adaptación de la agricultura al cambio climático. La tradición agrícola, la riqueza natural y la capacidad de sus productores e investigadores brindan a Uruguay excelentes condiciones para desarrollar una … More Uruguay, líder en investigación e innovación agrícola

Collaboration helps smallholder farmers produce quality products in Uruguay

Agriculture is a very important pillar of the Uruguayan economy.  Today, the country is exporting up to 70% of their agricultural products and is the world’s 2nd wool seller and short fibre pulp exporter, 5th dairy products marketer, and 6th rice and beef exporter. What is even more interesting about Uruguayan agriculture is that smallholder … More Collaboration helps smallholder farmers produce quality products in Uruguay

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!”

Uruguay: El agricultor y el Ministro de Agricultura – Soluciones grandiosas

El Ministro: “Agricultores familiares e innovación: la receta perfecta del desarrollo” No se trata de agriculturas pobres, sino de una agricultura con pobres. Allí radicaría el sujeto de atención y el foco importante de las políticas agrícolas. El Ministro de Agricultura de Uruguay, país sede de la próxima Conferencia Mundial de Investigación Agrícola para el … More Uruguay: El agricultor y el Ministro de Agricultura – Soluciones grandiosas