Managing Small Scale Farmer Trials

Farmers today have an increasing number of tools for improving production. New developments in precision farming technologies, biotechnology, and advancements in pesticides, equipment, and other inputs are converging at the farm-gate at a fast rate. Most times, farmers use technologies with little or no evaluation prior to use, and industries invest heavily in technology research … Continue reading Managing Small Scale Farmer Trials

Market Based Approach to Agricultural Development

An agricultural strategy that adopts a holistic, market-oriented approach is a new way of thinking that is much more inclusive and less compartmentalized than the approaches that have been in use prior to now. Agriculture is like a platform that responds to a wide range of inter-connected needs including increasing household income, health and nutrition, environmental … Continue reading Market Based Approach to Agricultural Development

How To Turn The Irony Of Farmers Into Success: A Nigerian Farmers’ Perspective

The agricultural sector is a profitable sector of the economy, but ironically, the farmers are not the ones reaping the profits. Traders, companies and other large interest groups are earning a profit while the farmers are bearing the losses continuously. This sums up the irony of agriculture in Nigeria today. In a study collectively collected … Continue reading How To Turn The Irony Of Farmers Into Success: A Nigerian Farmers’ Perspective

Urban Agriculture/Farming: An Incredibly Easy Method That Works For All

Urban agriculture or urban farming is the practice of cultivation, processing, and distribution of food in or around cities and towns (urban areas). Urban agriculture also involves animal husbandry, aquaculture, agroforestry, beekeeping, and horticulture. Some school of thought has defined urban agriculture as an industry that produces, processes, and markets food, fuel, and other outputs, largely in response to the daily demand of … Continue reading Urban Agriculture/Farming: An Incredibly Easy Method That Works For All

3 Big Reasons Why African Youths Are Not Interested In Agriculture

The African Union Commission and the Government of Rwanda organized a regional conference for youth employment in agriculture in Kigali just weeks ago and were surprised at how many young people want to go into the farming business, and how many are already in agriculture and doing well. Similarly, rural youth recently reported that access … Continue reading 3 Big Reasons Why African Youths Are Not Interested In Agriculture

Nigeria: Agriculture As An International Business

There is a reality that we all need to understand and act on; “No Farmer, No Food, No Future”. In the 1960s, Nigeria was one of the most promising agricultural producers in the world, and export crops were the country’s main foreign exchange earner. Nigeria was number one globally in palm oil exports, well ahead … Continue reading Nigeria: Agriculture As An International Business

Nigeria: Trade Agreements and Implication for Its Agricultural Sector

In November 2016, ministers of industry, trade, and investment from across Africa met for the second rounds of trade negotiations in Kenya to design the structural framework that will drive a proposed Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA). This proposed framework, the CFTA, is expected to deepen Africa trade internally, as well as fast-track efforts at … Continue reading Nigeria: Trade Agreements and Implication for Its Agricultural Sector