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Deere taps tractor-hailing tech in bid to break ground in Africa

Low incomes, lack of credit hobble African mechanization

Nanyuki, Kenya/Johannesburg | Reuters — It’s ride-hailing, farm style. Deere and Co. is teaming up with the “Uber of tractors” in Africa and betting on a future where farmers summon machines with the touch of a button. The world’s leading farm equipment maker is outfitting its tractors with startup Hello Tractor’s technology, which allows farmers

Drones to be tested against Africa’s locust swarms

U.N.'s FAO testing drones to detect, spray pests

Nairobi | Thomson Reuters Foundation — The United Nations is to test drones equipped with mapping sensors and atomizers to spray pesticides in parts of east Africa battling an invasion of desert locusts that are ravaging crops and exacerbating a hunger crisis. Hundreds of millions of the voracious insects have swept across Ethiopia, Somalia and



A panel discussion followed the premiere of “Common Strength.” Pictured (left to right): Carol Thiessen, Colleen Dyck, Meagan Silencieux, Theresa Rempel Mulaire.

Documentary explores women farmers’ role in ending hunger

‘Common Strength’ shows Kenyan farm life through the eyes of a ‘fish out of water’ Manitoba woman

Documentary “Common Strength,” exploring how empowering women farmers frees them to feed their families and flourish in their communities, debuted in Winnipeg on October 15. “If we’re not talking about women in agriculture, we’re missing a huge swath of women,” said Carol Thiessen, senior policy adviser with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, which sponsored the film. Why

Colleen (r) and Lucy take a walk on her farm in Kenya.

Niverville farmer featured in documentary about reducing hunger

Colleen Dyck travelled halfway around the world to meet a Kenyan farmer who is teaching agricultural skills to women in her community

A Manitoba farmer will star in a documentary about the impact of empowering women farmers around the world. “It was quite incredible,” said Colleen Dyck, who farms with her husband and four children near Niverville. “I feel like I got this university education in like two weeks.” This spring, Dyck spent eight days with a


Serafine and her family are now healthier than they’ve ever been.

Planting seeds of change in Rwanda

ADRA Canada supports and educates mothers so children can survive and thrive

When you hear the word “Rwanda” what comes to your mind? If you’re like many people, it’s the tragic genocide that happened in 1993. For others, it might be images of rolling, lush hills of various shades of green, a kind of African Ireland. Or maybe, you have memories of travels to this tiny but

Myrna Ronald, a volunteer for Focus Africa, with their display at Manitoba Farm Women’s Conference.

Focus Africa — helping women in need

Winnipeg group partners with African-led resource centre

Focus Africa is a small group of Winnipeggers, half Canadian born and half African born, who partner with Beacon of Hope (BOH), an African-led resource centre in a slum near Nairobi, Kenya. Myrna Ronald is one of numerous volunteers raising money to help Beacon of Hope. She has accompanied her husband (an Infectious Disease physician)

Ousman Sonko presents to Global 4-H Summit attendees. The summit ran July 11-14, 2017, 
in Ottawa.

4-H fuels Gambian youth quest for change

Gambia’s 4-H program may not have been directly involved in the recent shifting political sands, but 4-H members were in the fray, Global 4-H presenter says

A recently roused youth demographic, including 4-H members, has set its sights on social engagement in Gambia as the country takes its first steps away from the 22-year reign of former leader Yahya Jammeh. That’s according to Ousman Sonko, vice-principal of the Rural Development Institute’s Department of Community Development and a presenter at the Global


Part of the delegation from Kenya stops for a photo during sustainable agriculture and food security day at the Global 4-H Summit.

4-H finds fertile ground to tackle food security

Vertical gardens and composting are among the 4-H projects to help African families produce their own food

North American 4-H may have branched into everything from babysitting to robotics, but elsewhere it’s still back to the basics — producing enough food for the family. Shannon Benner, CEO of 4-H Canada and chair of the Global 4-H Network, estimates that about 60 per cent of programs worldwide are focused on agriculture or food

Farmer Ayuba Rasong stands outside of his destroyed home in Kaduna, Nigeria.

Farmers and herders clash in Nigeria

The often-overlooked religious and ethnic conflict has already killed 200

When 60-year-old Ladi Habila heard gunshots ring around her village in Nigeria’s Kaduna state on Christmas Eve, she cast aside the meal she had been preparing, and ran for her life. Habila returned the next day to find her house razed to the ground, and the burnt body of her husband. “My children lost their