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December 19th, 2012

Lominda Afedraru, a B4FA Media Fellow in Uganda, has recently published two intriguing articles on banana breeding to fight pests and diseases and on the prospect of Vitamin A-rich millet.

In her article on the challenges facing banana production in Uganda, she highlights the diseases that have plagued bananas.  Fortunately, researchers have accepted the challenge posed by these diseases and have been hard at work to find solutions that will not only help farmers but also the many people in Uganda who rely on banana-based meals three times per day.  In fact, researchers were able to breed one variety that farmers have now begun to plant as it resists some diseases and also tastes good.  Researchers will continue to work on breeding a banana that resists one of the most serious viruses, banana bacterial wilt.  Read the full article…
Afedraru has also reported on a variety of millet, a crop rich in iron, that will soon also be enriched with Vitamin A, an essential nutrient for mothers-to-be and young children as it helps prevent childhood blindness.  Researchers at Uganda’s National Research Laboratories Institute in Kawanda have been working on an iron and Vitamin A-rich variety of millet for the past two years, and they expect it will take another four to achieve their goal.  Read the full article…