Smallholder farmers

How to increase maize yield in rainfed agriculture?

Maize yields in sub-Saharan Africa have been at the lower end of the global range for decades. A new thesis by Emilio Magaia, PhD candidate at the Department of Soil and Environment at SLU presents a way to improve water use efficiency in semi-arid regions through better soil and water management.

Opening Pandora’s box of agrobiotechnology, what’s in it for smallholder farmers in the developing countries?

Ivar Virgin, SEI's Senior Research Fellow reflects on the “The Role of Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition” event held at the FAO Headquarters during 15-17 February, 2016.

Africa Agriculture Status Report 2015 - Youth in Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa

On September 25-27, 2015, the United Nations is holding a summit at which the Sustainable Development Goals and their associated targets for the next fifteen years are to be adopted. The Goals are fully integrated and indivisible, but the first three (of 17) have a direct bearing on the central theme addressed in this year’s Africa Agriculture Status Report: Youth in Agriculture.

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Inspiring action: Nyando climate-smart villages host policy makers

A group of farmers is reaching out to policy makers in Africa, sharing with them lessons from their journey to attaining food secure households.

Systems Research for Sustainable Intensification in Smallholder Agriculture

Photo courtesy Bernard Vanlauwe, IITA

In the context of systems research in agriculture, ‘system’ may apply to the farming system, the livelihood system or the agro-ecological system. This ‘system’ may also exist at different levels or scales (such as farm, community, national, regional or global).

‘Scaling-up’ – From Technical Transfer to Empowerment

In the past scaling-up in agriculture was all about the ways extension could help informing farmers more effectively and about application of the good agricultural practice research.