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Agricultural diversification as an important strategy for achieving food security in Africa

April 27th, 2018 / Wiley Online Library

Farmers in Africa have long adapted to climatic and other risks by diversifying their farming activities. Using a multi‐scale approach, this report explores the relationship between farming diversity and food security, and the diversification potential of African agriculture as well as its limits on the household and continental scale. Read …

Kenya among countries to get agricultural investment fund

April 27th, 2018 / Star

Kenya is among 10 countries in East Africa set to benefit from Sh130 million investment project that targets to increase production in the agriculture sector. This week, the East African Farmers Federation in partnership with the International Fund For Agriculture Development unveiled the EAFF-IFAD Youth project workshop. The project intends …

WEMA maize shows promising resistance to destructive fall armyworm

April 27th, 2018 / Joy Online

Scientists have observed unexpected benefits in Mozambique’s Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) field trials that could well be a game changer in efforts to ensure Africa’s food security. Though the maize varieties were genetically engineered to withstand drought and the vicious stem borer pest, they’re also showing promising resistance …

A remarkable new technology that will diminish a global cancer threat from aflatoxin

April 26th, 2018 / Forbes

Aflatoxin is probably one of the single largest causes of cancer in the developing world – particularly in Africa. Recently, a Swiss, family-owned grain handling equipment company called Bühler has cooperated with Microsoft to develop a system which can process corn at a rate of 15 metric tons per hour and reject …

USAID offers prize money to combat Fall armyworm in Africa

April 26th, 2018 / VOA News

The U.S. Agency for International Development is offering a prize of $150,000 for the most viable solution, two awards of $75,000 to the “most promising” solutions, and two awards of $50,000 to an “early stage” solution that shows the most potential. Read …

India in a race against wilt in Cavendish banana

April 25th, 2018 / Business Line

Tropical Race 4 (TR4), the virulent strain of fungus Fusarium oxysporum cubense that is threatening banana crop globally with the fusarium wilt disease, has hit the plantations in India, the world’s top producer of the fruit. The devastating disease which surfaced in the Cavendish group of bananas in parts of Bihar is …

Millets and sorghum: forgotten foods for the future

April 25th, 2018 / Food Tank

Millets and sorghum are grains that are nutrient-rich, drought-tolerant crops and can support communities around the world. The International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), in partnership with Feed the Future’s Accelerated Value Chain Development (AVCD) Program, is developing innovative methods to make these grains attractive again in the …

Mozambique looks to improved seeds as it struggles with the impacts of a changing climate

April 25th, 2018 / Alliance for Science

The National Agricultural Research Institute of Mozambique (IIAM) is developing a number of improved seeds to help farmers, including the drought-tolerant Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) varieties. Though the research is still in its early stages in Mozambique, scientists and other stakeholders are upbeat WEMA will make vast difference …

How rice became one of the world’s most important food crops

April 24th, 2018 / Genetic Literacy Project

Rice is a world food staple with an incredible story. Susan McCouch from Cornell University has been studying rice genetics for decades, and directs efforts in rice education in conjunction with the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines. This episode of the Talking Biotech podcast features stories about rice …

Banana experts converge in Tanzania for meeting

April 24th, 2018 / AllAfrica

Agricultural experts are meeting today to discuss how to improve production of banana, a staple food in eastern and central Africa. In so doing, they will review a five-year project that aims to expand and speed up existing banana breeding efforts in Tanzania and Uganda. The breeding is intended to …