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Does the future of farming in Africa lie in the private sector?

23 November, 2012 Could an alliance between big agribusiness and small-scale farmers produce enough food to feed the continent and beyond? African smallholder farmers are some of the most impoverished people in the world (43% are women) and they account for 80% of food production in sub-Saharan Africa (pdf). Some people argue their future will be driven by the private sector – the UK's Department for International Development has been working to link up businesses with smallholder…

Biotechnology key to addressing farm sector challenges: experts

WAQAR LILLAH October 24, 2012: Agriculture experts have said that adoption of modern agricultural technology will help improve farm productivity in Pakistan, adding that the country urgently needs innovations such as biotechnology to address new challenges in the sector. Crop improvement through conventional farming, they added, was a rational strategy, but it was unable to meet the challenges of increasing food demand because of surging population growth. According to them,…

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