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How to Unleash Farm Mechanisation in Africa and How to Tame it

Agricultural mechanisation has emerged as a priority on the African development agenda. It is a powerful, but double-edged sword, which must be used carefully. On the positive side, mechanisation can play a key role in tapping underutilized agricultural potential, especially where access to labour, rather than land, constrains farmers. It can also reduce the burden of heavy physical work – often under hot, tropical weather conditions – that characterizes the work of the 70% of African farmers that use hand tools only. On the negative side however, mechanisation can cause an unequal distribution of land and wealth, and can lead to environmental problems. The challenge is thus to find ways of mechanisation that are economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable.

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PARI Partners Embark on a Study Visit to India

Fifteen partners of the Program of Accompanying Research for Agricultural Innovation (PARI), embarked on a study tour to India from the 22nd to 29th of October 2017. The visit was part of the activities outlined at the 2016 Annual Research and Planning Meeting of PARI in Nairobi; with the objective to enable African researchers in the agriculture field to connect to key stakeholders in India, facilitate inter-continental learning on issues of mutual interest to Africa and India, and identify and possibly initiate joint research activities between the African and Indian partners. Participants during the visit included representatives from the lead organizations in the 12 African partner countries, FARA and ZEF.

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Researchers from Benin and Germany Collaborate on Blood Analysis Technology

Researchers from Benin Collaborate with German Laboratory to Bring Blood Analysis Technology to Benin

In October, two researchers from INRAB, the National Institute of Agricultural Research of Benin visited and received hands-on training at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) laboratory. During a one-week stay, they were introduced to a blood analysis method established by the nutritional Physiology at TUM. They learnt to prepare and analyze blood samples, and they also took part in a general presentation on laboratory security in Germany.

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