Smarter farming: using apps to diagnose crop health problems

Smarter farming: using apps to diagnose crop health problems New apps are now being tested with thousands of farmers in Africa, South Asia and the Andes to diagnose the pests and diseases of cassava, banana and potato crops. These decision tools can be used with a smartphone, and some also have a hand-held, printed version. Some apps use artificial intelligence, … Read More

Farmers increase profit by managing a serious banana disease

Farmers increase profit by managing a serious banana disease Farmers in East Africa are adopting practices to control banana Xanthomonas wilt (BXW). Adoption is highest on subsistence farmers. Benefits are higher on larger farms. Women who receive training in BXW control are more likely to adopt these profitable, disease-control techniques. Banana Xanthomonas wilt (BXW) is rapidly spreading westwards from East … Read More

Potatoes and legumes: better together

Potatoes and legumes: better together Legumes can be intercropped with potatoes to help manage soil erosion. In addition, a legume intercrop boosts the overall productivity of the land, while helping to improve soil moisture and soil fertility. In East Africa, potatoes are an important crop for consumers and for highland farmers, helping to improve the livelihoods of rural families. Potato … Read More