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Dans le cadre de renforcer les capacités des petits producteurs, les DreamTeam du Burkina Faso forment et assistent les producteurs sur les bonnes technique d’installation de pépinière en culture maraichers.

La pépinière est définie comme le lieu qui sert à élever les jeunes plants d’une forte densité sur une aire réduite, pour leur...Read more

Digital Farming through Artificial Intelligence

Posted on July 22, 2022 by PlantVillage

Agricultural AI consists of two types, AI software and AI robots. The AI software is a computerized set of instructions that provides data, information and recommendations as programmed. This type retrieves the data from the farm whose details were recorded, the confined climate details and machinery data. The combination of AI methods i.e. machine learning, deep learning, reinforcement learning and satellite information provide the forecast, which...Read more

Cassava Demo Plots in Kilifi County | Phase One

Posted on July 13, 2022 by PlantVillage

The first phase of Cassava demo plots in Kilifi County was established in early 2021 with an aim of providing clean cassava cuttings to farmers and act as learning sites to farmers.

Farmers through the demo plots learned about good agricultural practices in cassava production, cassava pests and diseases and control measures. This was because cassava diseases such as cassava brown streak and cassava mosaic disease are the major causes of low...Read more

Climate Change Club formed in Tanzania School

Posted on July 13, 2022 by PlantVillage

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PlantVillage established its first Climate Change Club (CCC) named “Ready for Climate Change Club” in Tanzania through the great leadership of Dream Team Raphael Pendo and Isack Muhanuka. The duo visited Nyamidaho secondary school to implement PlantVillage goal of imparting climate change knowledge to students.

“Climate Change Club is a school-based club formed by the support of PlantVillage research extension...Read more

Leadership Team Visiting Farmers in Uganda

Posted on July 8, 2022 by PlantVillage

 

Cultiva Dream Team Uganda received visitors from USAID and PlantVillage on 22 June 2022 for a 2-days visit. The visitors included Dr. Zachary Stewart, a soil scientist and production system specialist from United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Annalyse Kehs, PlantVillage operations director, Peter McCloskey, PlantVillage A.I engineer and  Dr. John Chelal, a plant pathologist and the director of Dream Team Agro...Read more

Inside the Magnificent Fall Armyworm Parasitoids Lab in Alupe

Posted on June 30, 2022 by PlantVillage

Any time a farmer hears of fall armyworms, he or she falls back on the sickening thought of a creature capable of turning his or her life upside down.

Farmers in Kenya have desperately tried a variety of methods to combat these damaging pests in their maize crops, with little or no success. They put into practice measures, both traditional and modern, such as the use of neem-based solutions, ash and pesticides. Pesticides have proved...Read more


Dans un contexte de changement climatique accouplé aux dégradations accélérer des sols ces dernières années, la maîtrise de l'eau et la conservation des sols réprensentent une alternative pour nos producteurs pour une agriculture durable.

Une grande partie des terres agricoles au Burkina sont dégradées. Le défis...Read more

Black Coffee Twig Borer in Central Uganda

Posted on June 21, 2022 by PlantVillage

Coffee is Uganda's top earning export crop and has employed up to 5 million people in production and other coffee-associated businesses. 

Robusta coffee, which accounts for roughly 80% of all coffee produced each year, faces a challenge due to the Black Coffee Twig Borer pest.

Black Coffee Twig Borer (BCTB) 

The black coffee twig borer, Xylosandrus compactus, is an ambrosia beetle belonging to the scolytidae family and tribe Xyleborini...Read more

Caroline Dama: My Life as a PlantVillage Lead Farmer

Posted on June 20, 2022 by PlantVillage

Caroline Dama, a lead farmer from Basi Mwangaza Village in Kilifi County, Kenya, is thrilled to be part of the PlantVillage community. 

It has been two years now since she joined the organization, and she says her experience has led to more success.

"My interaction with PlantVillage as a farmer throughout the years has led to increased crop yields, especially in cassava,’’ she says.

The ardent farmer represents 34...Read more

Striga and Other Lesser Known Parasitic Plants

Posted on June 16, 2022 by PlantVillage

A pest is defined as a biotic constraint that retards the successful growth and development of a crop. Examples of these constraints that are common in Uganda are insects, pathogens, weeds, rodents, mites, and parasitic plants. 

The least addressed of these are the parasitic plants. In Uganda, the most well-known parasitic plant is the witch weed (Striga sp.), which is a common sight in the eastern and northern regions of the country in fields...Read more


Participants in the recently concluded 3-day virtual training on Project Management organized by Michigan State University (MSU) in collaboration with USAID CETC Innovation Lab at Pennsylvania State University, have received their certificates.

The webinar sessions, which ran in English, Spanish, and French, were organized by MSU Program Managers Dr. Callista Rakhmatov and Dr. Karim Maredia May...Read more

Coffee Farmers Build Resilience to Climate Change in Uganda

Posted on June 7, 2022 by PlantVillage

 

Coffee fields in Uganda are drying over the past three decades. Annual temperatures have risen across the country, potential evapotranspiration increased, and the distribution of precipitation has become more variable. In order to reduce vulnerability to climate change, smallholder farmers are applying innovative approaches to manage climate change.

The different mitigation programs with indigenous knowledge

Bottle...Read more

BANANA XANTHOMONAS WILT DISEASE IN CENTRAL UGANDA

Posted on May 27, 2022 by PlantVillage

Banana is one of the major crops grown in central Uganda which promotes farmers’ income levels and foster food security. More than 75 % of farmers in Uganda grow banana.It is the country’s staple food. Production is however hindered by pest and diseases that results to low yield.

One of the diseases affecting bananas in central Uganda is xanthomonas also known as banana wilt. It is the single most important threat in the banana sub...Read more


Dans le cadre du volet renforcement des capacités des produteurs Guillaume anime une formation sur la fabrication du Bokashi en collaboration avec monsieur SANOU Gaoussou, un homme expérimenté en la matière.

En effet le Bokashi est une autre forme d'engrais biologique à maturation précoce. Pour la fabrication du bokashi nous avons utilisés les matières...Read more

PlantVillage Empowering Women Farmers in Kenya

Posted on May 24, 2022 by PlantVillage

 

On average, women add up to a greater percentage of the agricultural labour force in Kenya. This indicates that if women are given the same access to productive resources as men, they could increase yields in their farm hence raising the total agricultural output. Women are recognized to be major producers of food and therefore help in increasing household income, yet their efforts are always hampered by the lack of access to productive...Read more


The Plant Health Initiative Inception forum that was held on May 13, 2022 in Nairobi to commemorate Plant Health Day has unveiled new ideas on how to deal with the crop pest and disease problem in Third World countries.

The hallmark event that was convened at the Safari Park Hotel in the Kenyan capital brought together stakeholders from across the globe to find ways of protecting the...Read more


Turkana County Community Disease Reporters (CDRs) concluded their two-day refresher training on syndromic surveillance and livestock disease reporting at the Riamakori Hotel in Lokichar on Wednesday May 18, 2022.

The training, which kicked of on Tuesday May 17, 2022, was led by PlantVillage officers Dr. Catherine Karungo and One Health Scouts coordinator, Melodine Jeptoo. It brought together 35 CDRs from...Read more

Cassava Mealybug Outbreak in Soroti District, Uganda

Posted on May 18, 2022 by PlantVillage

Cassava mealybug (phenacoccus manihoti) is a serious pest of cassava that is widespread in the cassava growing regions of Africa, causing up to 60% yield loss and up to 100% leaf loss. It was accidentally introduced to Africa from South America in the 1970s (Yonow et al., 2017; CABI, 2021) and it entered Uganda in 1992 through the Democratic Republic of Congo and has become fully established in the country (Zeddies, 2000).  Following its...Read more

Sally Jemo: My Life as a PlantVillage Field Officer

Posted on May 13, 2022 by PlantVillage

While still in college, Sally Jemo's dream was to be the best agriculturalist there has ever been. Her mind converted every piece of land she came across into a productive machine.

She is now 24 and out of Moi University where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in Agricultural Extention With Education. She has already put her foot down and more than 100 farmers in Kimilili Sub-County, Bungoma County in Kenya look up to...Read more

Coffee Red Blister Disease (CRBD) in Central Uganda 

Posted on May 13, 2022 by PlantVillage

Uganda’s coffee sector is made up of about 1.7 million small-scale household farmers. At least 2.8 million households depend on it for a living.

Of the total number of households involved in coffee growing, 1.17 million grow the Robusta variety, which faces the threat of pests and diseases.

One of the most common diseases of this variety is the Coffee Red Blister Disease (CRBD), commonly known in Central Uganda as "ekikaata" in...Read more

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