24 May 2011
RIU-supported Campaign offers relief to 'desperate' Ghanaian fruit exporters
In recent years mealy bug has become a major pest of papaya in Ghana. A biological control agent, tradename Campaign, based on the fungus Metarhizium anisopliae
and active against this pest, has recently been launched with the assistance of RIU and is now on sale in Ghana.
23 May 2011
New RIUtv film of Shujaaz receiving media award
RIUtv has produced a film of Peter Paul Kades receiving the One World Media Special Award from Richard Tynen of the Thompson Foundation on behalf of the team at Shujaaz
19 May 2011
Nigerian Cassava and Aquaculture Innovations Platforms plan for post-RIU era
Two RIU-assisted innovation platforms (on cassava and aquaculture value chains) in Nigeria are making plans to sustain themselves beyond June 2011, when their formal collaboration with the RIU programme will phase out.
19 May 2011
FIPS-Africa trials stimulate farmer interest in Gro-Plus
Recently FIPS-Africa staff have been visiting farmers in Western Kenya who have taken part in trials which compared conventional sowing of dry maize seed with priming (soaking the seed in water overnight) followed by application of the Real IPM Company's Gro-Plus product, which supplies a small amount of phosphate fertilizer.
19 May 2011
Ministry of Agriculture backs RIU findings in Zambia
The Zambian National Innovation Coalition (NIC) chairman, Mr Joseph Nkole, recently paid tribute to the RIU Zambia country team for their tireless efforts, good results and lessons coming from the Conservation Agriculture programme. This is especially impressive given the short period that RIU has been operating in Zambia.
17 May 2011
International Media Award shines spotlight on Shujaaz
On Tuesday night 10 May 2011, Shujaaz was awarded the One World Media Special Award. The cartoon above depicts the UK International Development Minister Alan Duncan meeting DJ Boyie, one of the four hero's featured in Shujaaz.
17 May 2011
FIPS-Africa soil management techniques successfully trialled in Western Kenya
Fifteen of FIPS-Africa's village based advisors who operate with RIU support in Western Kenya have recently helped local farmers to establish mini on-farm trials to compare a number of soil management techniques that improve water infiltration and rooting depth.
11 May 2011
Shujaaz wins prestigious One World Media Award
At a ceremony in London last night Shujaaz was announced as this year's recipient of the One World Media Special Award. The award is presented for an outstanding project working on the ground in the developing world, where media activity has made a real impact on people's lives.
10 May 2011
Tanzanian President praises RIU poultry project
This week RIU Tanzania received the highest level endorsement possible when the President of Tanzania, Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, was interviewed by RIUtv. He said how impressed he is with the poultry enterprise initiative developed and run by RIU Tanzania.
9 May 2011
Commercial launch 'Campaign' in Ghana. Bio-pesticide research goes into use
RIU has previously reported the successful registration of the first bio-pesticides in Ghana. One of the products to be registered, trade name 'Campaign', is now on sale to farmers in Ghana.
5 May 2011
BBC World Television to broadcast FIPS-Africa feature in May
A new flag-ship television series being made for the BBC's international television channel have just completed filming the RIU-supported enterprises FIPS-Africa and ShujaazFM