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African swine fever continues relentless spread through Asia and Europe

August 15th, 2019

Serbian officials this week confirmed that African swine fever has infected hogs in their nation, making it the 18th country battling the incurable disease.

The virus’ worldwide spread began in earnest a year ago when it was reported in China. It has since spread relentlessly through that country and beyond, first …

IPCC’s land report shows the problem with farming based around oil, not soil

August 12th, 2019

The word “climate” makes most of us look up to the sky – however, the IPCC’s new special report on climate change and land should make us all look under our feet. 

Land, the report shows, is intimately linked to the climate. Changes in land use result in changes to the climate, and …

Plant breeding innovation can help solve global challenges

August 12th, 2019

Plant breeding innovations must play a role to address the global challenges such as climate change, a growing population, and the need for resource efficient farming systems. This is according to the Transgenic Research article by Petra Jorasch of the International Seed Federation.

Improved plant varieties that can withstand pests and diseases using fewer resources, plants exhibiting stable yield …

Africa still wary of GMOs

August 12th, 2019

Scientists argued that GMOs can help in many ways, including developing crop varieties that are resistant to diseases, drought, predators or pests, a move that they say will lead to food security in Africa. But not everyone agrees … Read more … …

Linking the dots to end hunger and malnutrition

August 6th, 2019

José Graziano da Silva, former Director-General of the FAO and Maximo Torero Cullen write:

While hunger remains a scourge, a more complex nutrition problem is looming ever larger.

An estimated 820 million people or 11% of those alive today, suffer from chronic undernourishment. But the number of obese people in the world …

When you decide to become a farmer

August 6th, 2019 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali writes:

Some people become farmers in their early youth and many others begin later, after years of formal employment. 

However there are important considerations to make before making the decision to go into farming. You have to be certain about what you want to do — it could …

A moral case for genetic modification

August 6th, 2019 / Ag Present

… Sustained access to tools and resources to produce food economically and safely are the key to continuing economic development. It is the bedrock that society is founded upon. Once you can grow more food than you need, you can then sell that food. That income can help educate yourself …

Crop protection: globally, farmers lose 30-40 percent of their crops due to pests and diseases

July 26th, 2019 / Farmers Review Africa

Globally, farmers lose 30-40 percent of their crops due to pests and diseases, according to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization.

To produce a good yield of a high quality, producers must protect their crop against insects, diseases and weeds. Small grain diseases affect production by reducing the yield and impairing the …

How Africa’s science academies can help drive sustainable development

July 26th, 2019 / MENA FM

Key recommendations:

policymakers and science academies must work openly and inclusively together to ensure that evidence informs policy formulation, implementation and review;more opportunities should be created to bring scientists and policymakers together. This could happen through, for instance, fellowships or secondments;programmes that engage the African science diaspora and develop science policy …

Scientists work to solve phosphate shortage – the dwindling resource required to grow food

July 24th, 2019 / The Conversation, UK

By 2030, the world’s population is projected to be about 8.5 billion people. Global food security is a major concern for governments – zero hunger is the second most important of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

However, there is a severe conflict between sustainable food production and the use of nonrenewable resources …