Grimme Landmaschinenfabrik is one of the private firms involved in the German Food Partnership (GFP). We asked Frank Nordmann, General Sales Manager Africa, Southeast Asia and Oceania, and GFP spokesperson about some…

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Demand for mechanisation is growing again in many African countries. Not only has this been recognised by development cooperation and the private sector. Governments are launching corresponding programmes, too. But have…

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With dropping groundwater tables and increasing need for energy for irrigation, solar pumps in combination with drip irrigation is the way ahead for farmers in India. More and more farmers are opting for this type of…

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A simple pruning machine could help West African smallholders maintain healthy cocoa plantations and enhance yields. However, a pilot project has shown that if innovation is to bear fruit on a sustainable basis, right…

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Polyethylene sheeting is widely used in vegetable growing to create optimum mulch conditions for seedlings. However, it is a considerable environmental hazard. The World Vegetable Center has tested a biodegradable…

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There are many farmers throughout the world who have clever ideas when it comes to optimising their work routines or creating new sources of income. However, they usually lack the institutional support needed to turn…

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It’s easy to find arguments in favour of raising the degree of farm mechanisation. It’s just as easy to find examples of ambitious mechanisation concepts that failed miserably. Our authors show why and how the individual…

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