SIANI News

2 December 2016
It’s nothing less than a phenomenon: Agribusiness TV, a web-based video channel that brings you news on successful young innovators in African agriculture. Founded 7 months ago in Burkina Faso, the channel’s videos have already been viewed over 1 million times, their Facebook page has over 63,000...
1 December 2016
Innovations and fresh ideas are crucial for achieving #ZeroHunger and #NoPoverty by 2030. But the rural population is ageing around the world and youth oftentimes show little interest in agriculture and food. This is a summary of the event “AgTalks: Whassup with Agriculture? Young innovators tell...
29 November 2016
Pulses, which is a common name for beans, peas and lentils, are important crops for achieving #ZeroHunger by 2030. They are nutritious, good for soil and for farmers. That’s why 2016 is the international year of pulses, initiated by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Pulses are filled...
24 November 2016
Economies in sub-Saharan Africa are hampered by low productivity, high vulnerability to climate change and poor market infrastructure. A promising new response to these challenges is the development of knowledge-based bioeconomies, which could boost national and local economies, reduce poverty, and...
15 November 2016
Launched at a side event during COP22, Adaption of African Agriculture (AAA) is a new initiative aimed at reducing vulnerability of African agriculture to climate challenges.  Working both with individual projects and with international policy, the initiative specifically targets soil and...
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10 November 2016
With this discussion forum, FAO aims to bring together experts of all levels from scientists who study the potential of sustainable crop production, to the practitioners who apply sustainable horticultural practices - to exchange their experiences, new findings and challenges faced. FAO...
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7 November 2016
“The challenges we face may seem overwhelming and out of reach for us to solve. But that is not true. Each and every one of us can be an agent of change, no matter our age or means.” That is what His Excellency Mr. Oh Joon, former President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council said at...
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1 November 2016
The 2016 World Food Prize, often called the “Nobel prize for food and agriculture” was granted to the International Potato Center (CIP). CIP is a research center that successfully bred a variety of orange sweet potato that is rich in beta carotene. Beta carotene is a nutrient that our bodies use to...
31 October 2016
Sustainable Development Goal 2 calls for ending hunger and all forms of malnutrition by 2030. Meeting this goal will be crucial to the lives and opportunities of millions. It is crucial that we focus not only on how much we produce, but also how we do it – and how it affects other sustainability...
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26 October 2016
Drones, aquaponics systems, solar power water desalinization, LED-lit farms with optimized photosynthesis and digital soil mapping.  That’s the list of top five innovations in agriculture for 2015. How many of these are applied in Africa? And how many of these are applied on a large scale in...