Improving soybean production in Kenya using digital and extension approaches

In Kenya, soybean is a key crop in helping to improve livelihoods and nutrition. However, production only meets 10% of the market needs due to the effects of poor agricultural practices and pests and diseases. To address these issues, this project will provide a frontier system that integrates Earth Observation…
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New SciDev.Net Plus service offers members exclusive benefits

SciDev.Net Plus
SciDev.Net – the world’s leading source of reliable and authoritative news, views and analysis about science and technology for global development – is launching a new service offering members a range of exclusive benefits. Subscribers to SciDev.Net Plus will receive exclusive access to a monthly conference call with SciDev.Net’s coordinators…
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Control of fall armyworm in Eastern Africa

In Africa, the fall armyworm is a pest causing significant destruction and devastation to crops. It is estimated to cause 8-20 million tonnes of maize losses each year and due to little knowledge of the pest and ways of managing it, the impacts can be catastrophic. With partners, CABI developed an emergency response strategy that empowered local communities of six target countries to…
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PRISE pays dividends with farmers in Kenya heeding vital pest risk advice

Catherine Mloza Banda
Sixty percent of farmers who took part in a pilot SMS service run by Pest Risk Information Service (PRISE) and Precision Agriculture for Development (PAD) in Kenya have heeded vital pest risk advice to help protect their crops from devasting insects such as the Fall armyworm (FAW) which is already…
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‘Sowing the seeds’ for food security: lessons learnt from mobile phone SMS campaign in Tanzania

Lessons have been learnt from a major mobile phone campaign aimed at helping farmers in Tanzania ‘sow the seeds’ for greater food security by planting more resilient maize and fighting crop pests including the Fall armyworm Spodoptera frugiperda stalk borer Papaipema nebris. CABI has reviewed the outcomes of an innovative ICT…
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Working in partnership to ‘close the net’ on fall armyworm pest in Botswana

Fall armyworm app
Since 2019, CABI has been working in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) as part of its Global Action for Fall Armyworm Control to help farmers in Botswana ‘close the net’ on this devastating crop pest. FAO has started rolling out a mobile phone…
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