How conservation agriculture helps African farmers combat climate change

By Professor Andy Dougill (@AndyDougill), Professor of Environmental Sustainability and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Environment, University of Leeds Can conservation agriculture (CA) help farmers in sub-Saharan Africa build resilience to the problem of climate change? Professor Andy Dougill believes it is possible, but that more co­ordinated planning and coherent policy support across sectors …

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Tanzania smallholder farmers outsmarting climate change

By Daniel Semberya TANGA REGION, Tanzania – Mwanaisha Issa Kuziwa, a smallholder farmer from Lushoto District in Northern Tanzania, used to get poor yields from her maize field every year. Kuziwa blamed low-quality seeds and inadequate preparation of her field for the 200 kg of maize she harvested each farming season. She is a happy …

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Study tour unearths pathways to resilient food and agriculture systems in Tanzania

As borders closed and lockdown measures were implemented around the world, a group of facilitators, farmers and government representatives embarked on a study tour across the Tanga Region of Tanzania, an area that had yet to be hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Held in March 2020, the tour brought together international researchers, national facilitators, government representatives and local farmers …

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CISANET launches Strategic Plan with AFRICAP Insight

On Thursday 28th November 2019, AFRICAP’s Malawi Country Node CISANET (Civil Society Agriculture Network) successfully launched its Strategic Plan for the period of 2019 to 2023. The high level event which took place at the Bingu International Conference Center in Lilongwe brought together more than 100 participants from local and international organisations, government ministries, departments …

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Extreme Rainfall and Flooding in the East Usambaras – Challenges and Solutions

Extreme rainfall in recent weeks in the East Usambara Mountains, one of AFRICAP’s study sites in Tanzania, has led to severe cases of flooding and landslides. Whilst seasonal rainfall is usual for this time of year in the Usambaras, such a high level of rainfall is unprecedented.   As part of The AFRICAP programme of work, we …

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