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Farmers reduce crop loss, raise incomes, through early warning SMS alerts

Smallholder farmers in Kenya, Ghana, Malawi, and Zambia who received Pest Risk Information Service (PRISE) SMS alerts are benefitting from reduced crop losses and higher incomes compared to farmers who did not. PRISE was developed in 2017 using earth observation data by the Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International development charity (CABI).  It allows farmers …

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Kenya’s Juhudi Kilimo lands Sh750M loan to support smallholder farmers, micro-enterprises

Dutch-based impact investor and worldwide cooperative Oikocredit has approved a five-year loan of Sh750 million to Juhudi Kilimo as part of a strategic funding agreement aimed at empowering Kenya’s smallholder farmers and micro enterprises in the country’s rural and periurban areas. The agreement with Oikocredit aligns with Juhudi Kilimo’s commitment to providing customised loans and …

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Rainforest Alliance & Gusii farmers meld coffee production with regenerative agri

International NGO the Rainforest Alliance is working with 10,000 smallholder coffee farmers in the coffee-producing highlands of Gusii, western Kenya, as well as local supply-chain actors to create healthy and productive farms, restore fragile ecosystems, and boost farmer incomes through regenerative agriculture.  The project dubbed Gusii Regenerative Agriculture Landscape (GuRAL) Coffee Project will be conducted …

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Kenya to build Africa’s largest biochar production facility, boost yields 50% 

Nairobi, Kenya, Nov. 15, 2023– Climate tech company Bio-Logical has raised a Sh152M ($1m) seed round to scale up its operations in Kenya. Utilising its innovative technology, Bio-Logical will use this funding to build the largest biochar production facility in Africa. It will transform over 30,000 tonnes of agricultural waste a year into biochar, sequestering …

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AL-SUMAIT PRIZE FOR AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT (Photo: COURTESY)

AATF wins $1M for advancing agricultural technology in Africa

[Nairobi, Kenya; November 2023] The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) was announced as the joint winner of the $1 million Al-Sumait Prize for African Development for empowering smallholder farmers across 24 African countries to access agricultural technologies that can address challenges related to farm productivity and resilience to the impact of climate change. Founded in …

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UK invests $26.5M in African farmers’ post-harvest structural improvements

British International Investment (BII), the UK’s development finance institution (DFI) and impact investor, today announced a Sh4 billion (US$26.5 million) commitment to AFEX, Africa’s leading commodities platform, which currently operates over 200 warehouses in Nigeria, Kenya, and Uganda and serves over 450,000 farmers. The investment will support structural improvements in Africa’s agricultural industry, which will …

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China Supporting Africa’s Agri Modernization plan key to continent’s growth–Kenyan scholar

NAIROBI — The Plan for China Supporting Africa’s Agricultural Modernization, envisioned by Chinese President Xi Jinping, holds the key to advancing the continent’s inclusive growth, a Kenyan scholar has said. Once fully implemented, the plan will bring vitality to Africa’s food systems through joint research, technology transfer, and the development of high-yielding crops, Richard Mulwa, …

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