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Why is very high resolution imagery PIVOTAL for the smallholder farmers that we are? Wait a minute… Why is it, in fact, so critically important to anchor and trigger agricultural growth through community geospatial infrastructures and boosted precision agriculture?

Because the world is changing. Because mankind is growing, and its offspring, higher rural population densities and larger cities, constitute with advances in technology (especially ICT) the number one driver of global change, BY FAR AND LARGE. (more…)

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Pourquoi l’imagerie à très haute résolution (THR) serait-elle LA CLE pour nous, petits producteurs? Un instant… Pourquoi est-ce, en fait, si important de booster l’agriculture de précision à travers une infrastructure géo-spatiale communautaire pour ancrer, accélérer la croissance agricole ? Parce que le monde change. Parce que l’humanité grossit, et que son corollaire, densités de population rurale plus élevées et villes plus larges font, avec le progrès technologique (notamment les TIC) le facteur numéro 1 de changement global, DE LOIN. (more…)

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The value of accurate roads data is understood in fields such as transportation, logistics and urban planning. However the value of accurate and freely available roads data is often overlooked or mis-understood when thinking of agriculture, especially in Africa. Outdated and often inaccurate sources of roads data are routinely used for market accessibility studies, transportation planning and logistics. Now, with additional sources of roads information available to researchers for modeling and to local agricultural extension agents for planning, the landscape has grown more complicated. (more…)

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It never rains but it pours, even during a drought. At least that’s what Andy Farrow must have thought when his project’s drought-tolerant bean seeds didn’t thrive due to insufficient rain. And yes, drought-tolerant bean seeds are designed to withstand droughts; but there are droughts and there are droughts. And the drought that hit many parts of Kenya last year saw rainfall levels trickle to about a quarter of those expected. (more…)

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We invite all AgCommons readers to visit the Africa trial sites website at Africats.org. The project promotes cultivar evaluation throughout the continent.  Please create an account to take advantage of the full functionality of the website.  We also ask that anyone interested in participating in our network contact us for more information.

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West African smallholder farmers are witnessing unpredictable changes in their land. Some are noticing that their soil is not as fertile as it used to be, and in some places, where there was once soil, there are now barren patches – useless for planting anything but uncertainty and fear for their future livelihoods. (more…)

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At the beginning of this year, three different banana diseases were attacking East Africa, devastating farms around the region and exacerbating the prevailing food crisis. To help prevent the spread of such diseases, it is vital that smallholder farmers have access to comprehensive information about crop conditions in the region. As it is, such information is often incomplete or unavailable.

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