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Tanzania farmers adopt vegetable farming to improve nutrition

November 7th, 2017 / African Farming

Farmers in Tanzania are encouraged to grow elite varieties of vegetables, enriched with high-value nutritional content, in order to fight malnutrition, hunger and double agricultural productivity and income of smallholders. The Africa RISING project focuses on the need to take urgent action in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which aim …

Nsubuga’s disease-free Irish potatoes

November 7th, 2017 / Daily Monitor

For years now, crop expert Erostus Nsubuga has etched out a name in breeding banana suckers using the tissue culture technology at his AGT Company in Buloba. While excelling at bananas, Nsubuga recently started the growth of Irish potatoes using the same technology and the proliferating demand has made Nsubuga …

Changing where crops are grown could feed an additional 825 million people, study finds

November 7th, 2017 / YaleE360

The world could feed an additional 825 million people, produce 10 percent more food calories, and grow 19 percent more protein simply by adjusting what crops are grown where, according to a new study in the journal Nature Geoscience. The study looked at 14 crops that make up 72 percent …

Ghana: Pass Plant Breeders bill now, Parliament urged

November 6th, 2017 / Graphic Online

A former Director of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Professor Hans Adu-Daapah, has called for the immediate passage of the Plant Breeders Bill by Parliament to address food and nutrition insecurity in the country. The Plant Breeders Bill, which was put before Parliament in 2013, went through the …

Borlaug Dialogue delegates widen net to curb threat from fall armyworm

November 6th, 2017 / Thomson Reuters

World Food Prize laureates have joined forces with an international alliance battling the fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda), an aggressive pest indigenous to the Americas with a voracious appetite, now widespread throughout Africa. Read …

Africa pushes for gains on genetic materials

November 6th, 2017 / AllAfrica

African nations are pushing for a review of an access and benefit sharing framework for exploration of genetic materials obtained from farmers in developing countries. Read …

Government vows to tackle armyworm

November 5th, 2017 / The Herald, Zimbabwe

Government has secured knapsack sprayers that will be distributed to smallholder farmers in an attempt to fight the risk which might be caused by the fall armyworm this season. This development comes after chiefs told President Mugabe when he attended their annual meeting in Bulawayo last week that their subjects …

Gene silencing could control disease, contamination in wheat and other crops

November 5th, 2017 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Fusarium graminearum is a major fungal pathogen of cereals worldwide, causing seedling, stem base and floral diseases, including Fusarium Head Blight (FHB). In addition to yield and quality losses, FHB contaminates cereal grain with mycotoxins, including deoxynivalenol (DON), which are harmful to human, animal and ecosystem health. Currently, FHB control …

Stakeholders unveil national youth agriculture manifesto

November 5th, 2017 / Vanguard, Nigeria

sS the government continues to woo young people into agriculture, stakeholders in the sector has unveiled the ‘National Youth Manifesto on Agriculture for Nigeria’ to further boost confidence in food production and processing in the sector.
The launch of the document was done at the 2nd National Youth Agric Festival on …

Scientists engineer cowpea to produce Bt protein against raruca pod borer

November 2nd, 2017 / ISAAA, US

In a report in Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture (PCTOC), scientists have engineered cowpea — one of the most important sources of vegetable protein for rural families in Sub-Saharan Africa — to produce a Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) protein, which protects against the Maruca pod borer that plagues the crop. …