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Deere taps tractor-hailing tech in bid to break ground in Africa

Low incomes, lack of credit hobble African mechanization

Nanyuki, Kenya/Johannesburg | Reuters — It’s ride-hailing, farm style. Deere and Co. is teaming up with the “Uber of tractors” in Africa and betting on a future where farmers summon machines with the touch of a button. The world’s leading farm equipment maker is outfitting its tractors with startup Hello Tractor’s technology, which allows farmers […] Read more


Drones to be tested against Africa’s locust swarms

U.N.'s FAO testing drones to detect, spray pests

Nairobi | Thomson Reuters Foundation — The United Nations is to test drones equipped with mapping sensors and atomizers to spray pesticides in parts of east Africa battling an invasion of desert locusts that are ravaging crops and exacerbating a hunger crisis. Hundreds of millions of the voracious insects have swept across Ethiopia, Somalia and […] Read more



Educators invited to Ethiopia to learn about global hunger

Applications are being taken for a Canadian Foodgrains Bank’s youth educators’ tour to Ethiopia in August. Anyone who is an educator of youth or young adults is welcome to apply, including, school teachers, 4-H leaders, and church youth leaders. The delegation will learn about food security issues in Ethiopia, visit communities receiving support from the […] Read more

Enterprising young farmers are the hope of a new Africa

The beleaguered continent has the potential to feed the world — if it can rise above the divisions created by its troubled past


The concept of a united Africa feeding the world is often considered. With a massive land base, Africa has an estimated 632 million hectares of arable land of which only 179 million hectares are currently being utilized. More than 40 per cent of these lands are in Nigeria, DR of Congo, and North and South […] Read more


Look past the current woes of African agriculture and you’ll see vast potential, says South African farmer 
Theo de Jager.

African farms are vastly different but share common bonds

Subsistence farming is still the norm in Africa, but agriculture is the 
key to changing its economic fortunes

Africa is a world apart but as in Canada, farming is increasingly being recognized as a key driver of economic growth. “There’s no other way to fight poverty than to create wealth,” South African farmer Theo de Jager told an international gathering of farm journalists here last month. “And there’s no other sector in this […] Read more

Foodgrains Bank launches African Drought Appeal

With millions of people in southern Africa and Ethiopia facing extreme drought this year, Canadian Foodgrains Bank is asking Canadians to donate to its African Drought Appeal. The prolonged drought, which affects about 14 million people in southern Africa, and another 10 million in Ethiopia, is a consequence of the most powerful El Niño event […] Read more


The ‘Spring into Song’ concert package features music by Ron Klusmeier. In 2012-13, he and Christina Bogucki put on 126 concerts across the country to raise money for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

Got a song in your heart and a desire to help others?

The Canadian Foodgrains Bank wants singers from across the country to help small-scale farmers in the Third World

The Canadian Foodgrains Bank is looking for singers and musicians for an initiative called ‘Spring into Song.’ The goal is to have local groups put on fundraising concerts across the country on or near the 2016 Earth Day weekend (April 22-24). The project is a joint effort by the Foodgrains Bank and Musiklus, a provider […] Read more

Small farms have been the lifeblood of Senegal but are increasingly being squeezed out.

In Senegal, a land rush is pushing local farmers to the side

Africans without formal title are losing their farms to international biofuel and cash crop companies

From Farm Radio Weekly, published by Farm Radio International, a Canadian organization that works with farm broadcasters in sub-Saharan Africa Doudou Sow is furious. For the last 10 years, small-scale farmers in his area have been steadily losing their land to an influx of private investors. The Senegalese farmer says that outsiders have been purchasing […] Read more