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News Article | December 23, 2016
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Strong Agri Industry Support for Agritech Expo Tanzania in Arusha in January Private and public sector working together – this is how the much anticipated, upcoming outdoor agricultural show, Agritech Expo Tanzania, taking place in Arusha from 26-27 January is described by the local agricultural sector in the country. Arusha, Tanzania, December 23, 2016 --( The inaugural farming B2B platform, which already enjoys strong support by the farming community, will not only gather farmers, from commercial to emerging and small scale; but also key officials from regional governments, agro associations, NGOs, aid, development and research agencies; agro dealers, traders and retailers; suppliers, consultants and technical experts as well as venture capitalists, investors and bankers. “The role of private sector is highly recognised in the agricultural policy, strategies and programmes,” says Dr David Nyange, Policy Advisor to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries in Tanzania, a supporting partner of the upcoming Agritech Expo Tanzania. He adds, “as industrialisation is at the top of the current development agenda, the technologies that will be displayed at the Expo have potential to play a great role toward the commercialisation of agriculture which is necessary for ensuring sustainable supply of raw materials to the industry.” Other host partners for the event are the Agriculture Council of Tanzania (ACT), the Tanzanian Horticulture Association (TAHA), the Southern Agricultural Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) and the Selian Agricultural Research Institute (SARI) in Arusha. Agri suppliers supporting Agritech Expo The industry has responded with great enthusiasm to the first Agritech Expo in Tanzania. Global farming equipment leader John Deere and its distributor in the country, LonAgro Tanzania Ltd, are gold sponsors for the event. Says Lukas Botha, Managing Director, LonAgro Tanzania, “From land and seed bed preparation, through to crop care and harvesting, LonAgro John Deere in Tanzania has the complete solution.” “The horticultural sector is an awakening giant,” says Harald Peeters, MD Tanzania of the vegetable breeding company Rijk Zwaan Q-Sem, a bronze sponsor at Agritech Expo. He adds: “Tanzania has plenty of land, enough water and year round sunlight. I am looking forward to an Expo which raises the awareness of the Government to the fact that the private sector is a partner in development, creating thousands of jobs, educating workers and building the nation.” Other leading agri suppliers that have already confirmed their presence at the event include Afrivet, Ford, CMC Automobiles, Hughes Motors, Maji, HortiPro, Irrico, Rivulis, AMDT, FNB, Lindsay Africa, Balton, Kibo Seed, Neptun Boot and TFSC. The Agritech Expo success story The success story of the outdoor agricultural show, Agritech Expo, which is about to expand to Tanzania, started in the Zambian agri-hub of Chisamba three years ago and has been a tremendous boost for that country’s farming sector. The inaugural Agritech Expo Tanzania has transitioned from the Agribusiness Congress conference that has taken place in Dar es Salaam for the last three years. Agritech Expo Zambia in 2016 drew a record-breaking attendance of 17 605 visitors and 160 exhibitors over 70 000 sqm of space. The three-day expo also featured two international pavilions, from Germany and Zimbabwe, welcomed two agriculture ministers, from Zambia and the Czech Republic, and the Zambian President H.E Edgar Lungu officially opened the show. “We at John Deere have been attending and exhibiting at this event since its inception three years ago and are pleased to see the progress that the organisers are making in growing this event and reaching all those concerned with agriculture from government to small scale farmers,”says Kevin Lesser, Global Marketing Director, John Deere, Kenya, adding, “We fully support the direction of growth intended for this event in Tanzania. We look forward to next year’s event.” Agritech Expo Tanzania is organised by Spintelligent, leading Cape Town-based trade exhibition and conference organiser, and the African office of Clarion Events Ltd, based in the UK. Event dates and location: Exhibition: 26-27 January 2017 Commercial Farmers’ Focus Day: 26 January 2017 Venue: Selian Agricultural Research Institute, Arusha/Dodoma Main Road, Arusha Arusha, Tanzania, December 23, 2016 --( PR.com )-- Private and public sector working together – this is how the much anticipated, upcoming outdoor agricultural show, Agritech Expo Tanzania, taking place in Arusha from 26-27 January is described by the local agricultural sector in the country.The inaugural farming B2B platform, which already enjoys strong support by the farming community, will not only gather farmers, from commercial to emerging and small scale; but also key officials from regional governments, agro associations, NGOs, aid, development and research agencies; agro dealers, traders and retailers; suppliers, consultants and technical experts as well as venture capitalists, investors and bankers.“The role of private sector is highly recognised in the agricultural policy, strategies and programmes,” says Dr David Nyange, Policy Advisor to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries in Tanzania, a supporting partner of the upcoming Agritech Expo Tanzania.He adds, “as industrialisation is at the top of the current development agenda, the technologies that will be displayed at the Expo have potential to play a great role toward the commercialisation of agriculture which is necessary for ensuring sustainable supply of raw materials to the industry.”Other host partners for the event are the Agriculture Council of Tanzania (ACT), the Tanzanian Horticulture Association (TAHA), the Southern Agricultural Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) and the Selian Agricultural Research Institute (SARI) in Arusha.Agri suppliers supporting Agritech ExpoThe industry has responded with great enthusiasm to the first Agritech Expo in Tanzania.Global farming equipment leader John Deere and its distributor in the country, LonAgro Tanzania Ltd, are gold sponsors for the event. Says Lukas Botha, Managing Director, LonAgro Tanzania, “From land and seed bed preparation, through to crop care and harvesting, LonAgro John Deere in Tanzania has the complete solution.”“The horticultural sector is an awakening giant,” says Harald Peeters, MD Tanzania of the vegetable breeding company Rijk Zwaan Q-Sem, a bronze sponsor at Agritech Expo. He adds: “Tanzania has plenty of land, enough water and year round sunlight. I am looking forward to an Expo which raises the awareness of the Government to the fact that the private sector is a partner in development, creating thousands of jobs, educating workers and building the nation.”Other leading agri suppliers that have already confirmed their presence at the event include Afrivet, Ford, CMC Automobiles, Hughes Motors, Maji, HortiPro, Irrico, Rivulis, AMDT, FNB, Lindsay Africa, Balton, Kibo Seed, Neptun Boot and TFSC.The Agritech Expo success storyThe success story of the outdoor agricultural show, Agritech Expo, which is about to expand to Tanzania, started in the Zambian agri-hub of Chisamba three years ago and has been a tremendous boost for that country’s farming sector. The inaugural Agritech Expo Tanzania has transitioned from the Agribusiness Congress conference that has taken place in Dar es Salaam for the last three years.Agritech Expo Zambia in 2016 drew a record-breaking attendance of 17 605 visitors and 160 exhibitors over 70 000 sqm of space. The three-day expo also featured two international pavilions, from Germany and Zimbabwe, welcomed two agriculture ministers, from Zambia and the Czech Republic, and the Zambian President H.E Edgar Lungu officially opened the show.“We at John Deere have been attending and exhibiting at this event since its inception three years ago and are pleased to see the progress that the organisers are making in growing this event and reaching all those concerned with agriculture from government to small scale farmers,”says Kevin Lesser, Global Marketing Director, John Deere, Kenya, adding, “We fully support the direction of growth intended for this event in Tanzania. We look forward to next year’s event.”Agritech Expo Tanzania is organised by Spintelligent, leading Cape Town-based trade exhibition and conference organiser, and the African office of Clarion Events Ltd, based in the UK.Event dates and location:Exhibition: 26-27 January 2017Commercial Farmers’ Focus Day: 26 January 2017Venue: Selian Agricultural Research Institute, Arusha/Dodoma Main Road, Arusha Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Agritech Expo Tanzania


Kristjanson P.,International Center for Research in Agroforestry | Neufeldt H.,International Center for Research in Agroforestry | Gassner A.,International Center for Research in Agroforestry | Mango J.,International Center for Research in Agroforestry | And 7 more authors.
Food Security | Year: 2012

We explore the relationship between farming practice changes made by households coping with the huge demographic, economic, and ecological changes they have seen in the last 10 years and household food security. We examine whether households that have been introducing new practices, such as improved management of crops, soil, land, water, and livestock (e. g. cover crops, micro-catchments, ridges, rotations, improved pastures, and trees) and new technologies (e. g. improved seeds, shorter-cycle and drought-tolerant varieties) are more likely to be food secure than less innovative farming households. Using data from a baseline household survey carried out in five sites and 700 households in four countries of East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia) across a range of agricultural systems and environments, this study contributes to the evidence base of what smallholders are doing to adapt to changing circumstances, including a changing climate. Lessons from both similarities and differences across sites are drawn. This unique baseline study provides a wide range of indicators of activities and behaviors that will be monitored over time. We found that many households are already adapting to changing circumstances, and their changes tend to be marginal rather than transformational in nature, with relatively little uptake of existing improved soil, water and land management practices. There is a strong negative relationship between the number of food deficit months and innovation, i. e. the least food secure households are making few farming practice changes. This has very different policy and investment implications depending on assumptions made as to the direction of causality. © 2012 The Author(s).


News Article | November 18, 2016
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Arusha, Tanzania, November 18, 2016 --( Says Agritech Expo Tanzania event director Yolanda dos Santos, “continued agriculture economic growth in Tanzania has awoken the need to facilitate an enabling environment where suppliers, farmers of all scales and industry professionals from the agri-value chain can meet on a professional B2B platform. Working in collaboration with our host partners, the Agriculture Council of Tanzania (ACT) and Tanzanian Horticulture Association (TAHA), we are proud to present Agritech Expo Tanzania at the Selian Agricultural Research Institute (SARI) in Arusha.” Yolanda dos Santos adds: “Agritech Expo Tanzania has transitioned from the Agribusiness Congress event that has taken place in Dar es Salaam for the last three years. After consulting with the industry it was decided to move closer to the farming community in Arusha to create Tanzania’s first and only B2B outdoor agriculture event delivering to the requirements of the entire agricultural value-chain, from polytunnel crops trials, training and commercial farmer workshops to professional consultations and networking opportunities.” The event will not only gather farmers, from commercial to emerging and small scale; but also key officials from regional governments, agro associations, NGOs, aid, development and research agencies; agro dealers, traders and retailers; suppliers, consultants and technical experts as well as venture capitalists, investors and bankers. The Agritech Expo success story In April this year, the third edition of Agritech Expo Zambia in Chisamba firmly established itself as the leading outdoor agri event in the region with a record-breaking attendance of 17 605 visitors and 160 exhibitors over 70 000 sqm of space. The three-day expo also featured two international pavilions, from Germany and Zimbabwe, welcomed two agriculture ministers, from Zambia and the Czech Republic, and the Zambian President H.E Edgar Lungu officially opened the show. In Tanzania the industry has responded with great enthusiasm to the first Agritech Expo taking place in Arusha in January. Leading agri suppliers have already confirmed their sponsorships at the event, including Hughes Motors, Lonagro, Ford, Rivulis, Irrico, HortPro, Maji, FNB, Neptun, AMDT and John Deere. “We at John Deere have been attending and exhibiting at this event since its inception three years ago and are pleased to see the progress that the organisers are making in growing this event and reaching all those concerned with agriculture from government to small scale farmers,” says Kevin Lesser, Global Marketing Director, John Deere, Kenya, adding: “we fully support the direction of growth intended for this event in Tanzania. We look forward to next year’s event.” Event dates and location: Exhibition: 26-27 January 2017 Commercial Farmers’ Focus Day: 26 January 2017 Venue: Selian Agricultural Research Institute, Arusha/Dodoma Main Road, Arusha Arusha, Tanzania, November 18, 2016 --( PR.com )-- The success story of the outdoor agricultural show, Agritech Expo, is about to expand to Tanzania with the inaugural farming B2B platform taking place in the agri-hub of Arusha in January.Says Agritech Expo Tanzania event director Yolanda dos Santos, “continued agriculture economic growth in Tanzania has awoken the need to facilitate an enabling environment where suppliers, farmers of all scales and industry professionals from the agri-value chain can meet on a professional B2B platform. Working in collaboration with our host partners, the Agriculture Council of Tanzania (ACT) and Tanzanian Horticulture Association (TAHA), we are proud to present Agritech Expo Tanzania at the Selian Agricultural Research Institute (SARI) in Arusha.”Yolanda dos Santos adds: “Agritech Expo Tanzania has transitioned from the Agribusiness Congress event that has taken place in Dar es Salaam for the last three years. After consulting with the industry it was decided to move closer to the farming community in Arusha to create Tanzania’s first and only B2B outdoor agriculture event delivering to the requirements of the entire agricultural value-chain, from polytunnel crops trials, training and commercial farmer workshops to professional consultations and networking opportunities.”The event will not only gather farmers, from commercial to emerging and small scale; but also key officials from regional governments, agro associations, NGOs, aid, development and research agencies; agro dealers, traders and retailers; suppliers, consultants and technical experts as well as venture capitalists, investors and bankers.The Agritech Expo success storyIn April this year, the third edition of Agritech Expo Zambia in Chisamba firmly established itself as the leading outdoor agri event in the region with a record-breaking attendance of 17 605 visitors and 160 exhibitors over 70 000 sqm of space. The three-day expo also featured two international pavilions, from Germany and Zimbabwe, welcomed two agriculture ministers, from Zambia and the Czech Republic, and the Zambian President H.E Edgar Lungu officially opened the show.In Tanzania the industry has responded with great enthusiasm to the first Agritech Expo taking place in Arusha in January. Leading agri suppliers have already confirmed their sponsorships at the event, including Hughes Motors, Lonagro, Ford, Rivulis, Irrico, HortPro, Maji, FNB, Neptun, AMDT and John Deere.“We at John Deere have been attending and exhibiting at this event since its inception three years ago and are pleased to see the progress that the organisers are making in growing this event and reaching all those concerned with agriculture from government to small scale farmers,” says Kevin Lesser, Global Marketing Director, John Deere, Kenya, adding: “we fully support the direction of growth intended for this event in Tanzania. We look forward to next year’s event.”Event dates and location:Exhibition: 26-27 January 2017Commercial Farmers’ Focus Day: 26 January 2017Venue: Selian Agricultural Research Institute, Arusha/Dodoma Main Road, Arusha Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Agritech Expo Tanzania


Hengl T.,ISRIC World Soil Information | Heuvelink G.B.M.,ISRIC World Soil Information | Kempen B.,ISRIC World Soil Information | Leenaars J.G.B.,ISRIC World Soil Information | And 8 more authors.
PLoS ONE | Year: 2015

80% of arable land in Africa has low soil fertility and suffers from physical soil problems. Additionally, significant amounts of nutrients are lost every year due to unsustainable soil management practices. This is partially the result of insufficient use of soil management knowledge. To help bridge the soil information gap in Africa, the Africa Soil Information Service (AfSIS) project was established in 2008. Over the period 2008-2014, the AfSIS project compiled two point data sets: the Africa Soil Profiles (legacy) database and the AfSIS Sentinel Site database. These data sets contain over 28 thousand sampling locations and represent the most comprehensive soil sample data sets of the African continent to date. Utilizing these point data sets in combination with a large number of covariates, we have generated a series of spatial predictions of soil properties relevant to the agricultural management - organic carbon, pH, sand, silt and clay fractions, bulk density, cation-exchange capacity, total nitrogen, exchangeable acidity, Al content and exchangeable bases (Ca, K, Mg, Na). We specifically investigate differences between two predictive approaches: random forests and linear regression. Results of 5-fold cross-validation demonstrate that the random forests algorithm consistently outperforms the linear regression algorithm, with average decreases of 15-75% in Root Mean Squared Error (RMSE) across soil properties and depths. Fitting and running random forests models takes an order of magnitude more time and the modelling success is sensitive to artifacts in the input data, but as long as quality-controlled point data are provided, an increase in soil mapping accuracy can be expected. Results also indicate that globally predicted soil classes (USDA Soil Taxonomy, especially Alfisols and Mollisols) help improve continental scale soil property mapping, and are among the most important predictors. This indicates a promising potential for transferring pedological knowledge from data rich countries to countries with limited soil data. © 2015 Hengl et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Nyaligwa L.,University of KwaZulu - Natal | Nyaligwa L.,Selian Agricultural Research Institute | Hussein S.,University of KwaZulu - Natal | Laing M.,University of KwaZulu - Natal | And 2 more authors.
South African Journal of Plant and Soil | Year: 2016

Maize productivity in Tanzania is very low, owing to various biotic and abiotic production constraints. Examining production constraints and farmers’ preference in maize-growing agroecologies will assist in designing improvement strategies based on farmers’ priorities. The objective of this study was to determine farmers’ preferred traits of maize and prioritise farmers’ perceived constraints that limit potential maize production in northern Tanzania. Twelve maize-growing villages from Babati, Arumeru and Hai districts were surveyed using participatory rural appraisal, involving a total of 500 farmers across the study area. Data collected were analysed using a semi-structured questionnaire, focus group discussions, transect walks, matrix scoring and pair-wise ranking. The most preferred traits were high yield (71.9%), disease resistance (70.0%), drought tolerance (69.9%), good grain milling quality (65.3%), grain palatability (60.7%), dense grain (59.0%) and early maturity (55.8%). Other important traits were large grain size, intercropping suitability, large cob size, storage pests’ resistance and multiple ears. Major biotic and abiotic constraints limiting maize production are identified. The results of this study will assist breeders in defining their maize breeding strategies. © 2016 Southern African Plant & Soil Sciences Committee


Masuki K.F.G.,African Highlands Initiative | Mowo J.G.,African Highlands Initiative | Mbaga T.E.,Selian Agricultural Research Institute | Tanui J.K.,African Highlands Initiative | And 2 more authors.
Acta Horticulturae | Year: 2010

Diagnostic surveys conducted in the mountain district of Lushoto, Northeastern Tanzania revealed a decline in banana (Musa spp.) production largely attributed to deteriorating soil health, soil erosion, low adoption of proven banana technologies, and at least partially, due to a lack of innovative scaling out approaches. Further, most farmers were not practicing soil and water conservation (SWC) because it is labor intensive. Focus group discussions and key informant interviews established that improved tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum), cabbage (Brassica spp.) and banana germplasm were the three most preferred technologies, and hence were considered important entry points. The uptake of these technologies was however different. Banana uptake was slowest because of the high cost of planting material. Limited planting materials were supplied by the African Highland Initiative (AHI) for multiplication using primary schools and farmer research groups. Improved banana technology was linked to SWC technologies that included stabilizing the soil by fodder species and increased manure from well-fed livestock to address the multiple constraints of erosion and declining soil fertility. In this paper, entry points refer to interventions addressing priority needs as identified by farmers, while linked technologies refer to integrated, complementary technologies that holistically address multiple constraints, leading to multiple benefits. Results show that in Lushoto, for example, the increase in farmers adopting improved banana germplasm from the original adopters, who were in direct contact with researchers, was about 1,125% within two years. The study shows that the use of innovative scaling out approaches increases the adoption of technologies that appear expensive and less attractive to farmers.

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