3 Why are male farmers out-performing women in Africa?

Gates Foundation The gap between men and women in some African countries is easily seen in agriculture. Male-managed farm plots consistently out-perform those of their female counterparts by as much as 66% in Niger and 25% in Malawi. The long-held belief was that a lack of access to the necessary…

0 One Acre Fund leads Kenyan farmers in maize disease fight

This is the first of two articles on the One Acre Fund in Kenya. Read part two here. Shimanyiro, Kenya – Not planting maize sounded like a crazy idea to Elium Kangayia last year. Elium Kangayia, 42, with his sorghum crops. Kangayia’s crop had been devastated by a maize disease…

0 Infographic: The female face of farming

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and Farming First have produced this interactive graphic showing how women pull their weight in agriculture around the world – and they’ve given us the entire image for you to download. Click on the link, this is just a screen grab:

0 Phone animations for poor farmers

The Science and Development Network has a very cool story about a project that aims to use animation sent over mobile phones to provide poor farmers in Africa and elsewhere in the developing world with valuable technical information or health advisories … or whatever. Here’s the story at There…