African Farming weekly digest - 5th - 9th June

CIAT Flickr for AFHere is a brief overview of the week’s news on African Farming, from 5th-9th June 2017

UN: Digitisation of Kenyan farmer payments helps tackle poverty

One Acre Fund cut payment losses and collection costs by over 80 per cent, boosting farmers’ satisfaction and economic opportunity. Click to read the full story.

New technology extracts drinking water and crop fertiliser from air

The Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab (J-WAFS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is funding new research into harvesting water from air and technology that enhances crop production. Click to read the full story.

South Africa to target Asian market following maize surplus

South Africa, which has had a bumper crop of maize this year leading to depressed prices and dampened demand in Africa, will now target Asian markets to boost maize exports. Click to read the full story.

AfDB approves US$343,000 grant to enhance honey production in Rwanda

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has partnered with SERUKA, a women’s organisation in Rwanda, to launch Rwanda Honey Value Chain Project, which aims to boost honey production in Rwanda and enhance the capacity of honey production cooperatives to access formal markets. Click to read the full story.

Case IH Sugar Camp 2017 gives African famers insight into Brazilian sugarcane production

Case IH Sugar Camp 2017 held in Brazil gave its African and the Middle Eastern customers the opportunity to see world-class harvesters and manufacturing plants and to witness sugarcane’s growing importance as a renewable energy source. Click to read the full story.

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