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Climate change has made growing vegetables in Mali today much tougher than it was 40 years ago when Amadou Sidibe used to visit his father's lush farm outside the capital Bamako.

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Slowly but surely, a spidery machine about the size of a golf cart swings an electrode over a tray of plants. Every few seconds there is a small puff of smoke as a weed keels over, having been zapped with a high voltage.

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“Life depends on the soil. We walk on it every day, but people forget it. ”Drew Hemment leads the Grow Observatory project, a platform that connects local farmers to improve land use and raise people's awareness of the conditions of a soil that is under a pressure that continues to increase.

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Since its origins, thousands of years ago, agriculture has been challenged by the presence of evolving plant pathogens. Temporal rotations of host and non-host crops have helped farmers to control epidemics among other utilities, but further efforts for strategy assessment are needed.

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An important role of the Prolinnova network is facilitation of joint learning through analysis and documentation of the experiences made, thereby identifying good practice but also recognising weaknesses and room for improvement.

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BASF Venture Capital became the main investor in a round of financing for the Israeli startup of AgTech, Equinom.