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Young, rich and ambitious: Nigeria’s ‘gentleman farmers’

July 24th, 2018 / ENCA.com

“Opportunities in agriculture are beyond the imagination,” said Buffy Okeke-Ojiudu, the proud owner of a 200-hectare (495-acre) palm oil plantation in the southeast.
“The future billionaires in Nigeria will be people investing in agriculture, tech and renewable energy, which are sectors that can create employment, not like the oil sector,” said …

Ripe tomatoes sold for 30 days

July 20th, 2018 / FarmBiz Africa

Farmers can now beat poor prices and accruing losses resulting from rotting of tomatoes by growing a hybrid variety from Syngenta that allows for up to one month selling window.
The skin of Tylka F1 remains firm for up to 28 days before it start to degenerate in shape.
A Kenyatta University …

Uganda’s textile industry declines while its neighbors embrace GMO cotton

July 20th, 2018 / Alliance for Science

Uganda is the only East African country to witness a consistent decline in cotton production. Though Ethiopia and Kenya experienced the same challenges as Uganda, those two nations responded by embracing cost-cutting Bt technology in cotton cultivation as an urgent measure to revive the sector. Read …

Resistance to genetically modified seeds in Africa

July 20th, 2018 / DW

Seeds modified in a lab are often touted as a means to boost agriculture and food security in Africa. There is some resistance on the continent and debate on preserving its traditional seed base instead. Read …

Securing East Africa’s cassava

July 19th, 2018 / CGIAR

IITA is eliminating viruses from cassava germplasm so it can safely be transported from East Africa to Nigeria, where it’ll be conserved & made available to breeders & farmers. Read …

Orphan no more: Genomic boost to chickpea yield, climate resilience

July 19th, 2018 / Mongabay

The humble chickpea (Cicer arietinum) has its own genetic atlas, following a five-year long effort by researchers from International Crops Research Institute for the Semi‐Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Hyderabad, India. The researchers say that genetic information mapped in the atlas could be harnessed to boost productivity and climate resilience in chickpea and …

Cherishing the ground we walk on

July 18th, 2018 / FAO

Soils do amazing things for us that we sometimes take for granted. They sustain food production, filter our water, are the source for our medicines and help us to combat and adapt to climate change. Here are reasons we should appreciate the ground beneath our feet. Read …

Researchers move to contain cassava disease in West Africa

July 18th, 2018 / Today, Nigeria

Researchers in West Africa have stepped up efforts contain a viral disease that could wreck the region’s staple food and condemn millions to hunger.  The West African Virus Epidemiology (WAVE) project, a multi-million-dollar scheme funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, aims to shield the region from the advancing …

Crispr can speed up nature – and change how we grow food

July 18th, 2018 / Wired

It took thousands of years for humans to breed a pea-sized fruit into a beautiful beefsteak tomato. Now, with gene editing, scientists can change everything. Read …

Ethiopia: Researchers find increased yields in wheat farms using ‘certified seeds’

July 17th, 2018 / AllAfrica

Researchers with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) reported that smallholder farmers were able to witness a 14 percent yield increase in wheat production by applying certified seeds and technologies that could help farmers increase yield. Read …