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These outstanding women have been named winners of 2017 Africa Food Prize

September 7th, 2017 / Ventures Africa

Leading advocate for nutrition, Hon. Prof. Ruth Oniang’o from Kenya, and agriculture entrepreneur Mme Maïmouna Sidibe Coulibaly from Mali were each awarded the 2017 Africa Food Prize at the African Green Revolution Forum taking place in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The Prize recognizes and puts a spotlight on shining examples of …

Sprouting grains for stronger bones: The power of finger millet

September 7th, 2017 / Farming First

The calcium-rich cereal finger millet has great potential for combatting calcium deficiency around the world, says Jerome Bossuet of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT). Read …

Research: Unpacking Nigeria’s agriculture opportunities

September 6th, 2017 / How We Made It in Africa

Growth in the urban population of Africa can potentially lead to a US$1tn regional market for African producers by 2030. Agriculture and food processing are vital for creating this $1tn industry.
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Agribusinesses, African smallholders seize $1trn food market

September 6th, 2017 / Vanguard, by B4FA Fellow Jimoh Babatunde

The Africa Agriculture Status Report (AASR) was launched today, saying that the power of entrepreneurs and the free market is driving Africa’s economic growth from food production, as business wakes up to opportunities of a rapidly growing food market in Africa, that may be worth more than $1 trillion each …

GMO technology can turn around Ghana’s fortunes, say

September 5th, 2017 / Joy Online

The National Seed Trade Association of Ghana (NASTAG) has thrown its weight behind ongoing plans by the government to commercialise Genetically Modified Foods in the country. They say the technology is crucial to help farmers deal effectively with pest attacks and the impact of climate change which will help …

Ethiopia’s Lake Tana is losing the fight to water hyacinth

September 5th, 2017 / The Conversation

Lake Tana is the largest lake in Ethiopia. It holds 50% of the country’s fresh water. It is also the source of the Blue Nile, which contributes up to 60% of the Nile’s water. Not only is the lake important as a water source for over 123 million people …

Closing the gap between the youth and agriculture in Africa

September 5th, 2017 / B4FA.org

Agriculture and youth are a compatible pair, particularly in the African context. As one of the continent’s most critical industries and biggest sources of income – contributing a quarter of Africa’s total GDP and employing 70 percent of the labour force. It has the remarkable potential to empower what will …

AfDB trains 129 young “agripreneurs” in Liberia

September 1st, 2017 / AfDB

Monday, August 28, 2017 was a special day for young entrepreneurs in Liberia. After Côte d’Ivoire in December 2016, the Bank is supporting the Government of Liberia to provide entrepreneurship training to young people in the agriculture value chain from 28th to 31st August 2017. The objective of the training …

Next generation Golden Rice could be driven by CRISPR gene editing

September 1st, 2017 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Rice breeders today develop improved varieties from genetic breeding stock that has been advanced through thousands of generations and over many decades with conventional crossbreeding techniques, said Vibha Srivastava, professor of crop, soil and environmental sciences for the Division of Agriculture at the University of Arkansas. Read …

Scientists make breakthrough in fight against cassava diseases

September 1st, 2017 / BizCommunity, South Africa

Scientists have identified the first ever genetic markers associated with resistance to two deadly cassava viral diseases in Tanzania’s grown varieties. The International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), in a statement availed to the ‘Daily News’, identified the two varieties as Namikonga and Albert. Read …