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Tanzania: stimulating entrepreneurship to boost income

June 13th, 2015 / Tanzania Daily News

The development of African food industry requires visionary entrepreneurs, that is why Africa Agribusiness Academy (AAA) sees the strengthening of entrepreneurship as key to successful agricultural growth and rural development. The Academy introduces a new approach that is driven by the private sector, bringing together a core group of successful …

Lessons from Brazil on biotech for Africa

June 13th, 2015 / Saturday Monitor, Uganda

Brazil presents a suitable example to learn from in adoption, processing and export of Genetically Modified (GM) crops and products. Uganda could emulate the Brazilian model of GM-crops consumption, growth and expansion—as it enacts a law to regulate GM-crops being developed by National Agricultural Research Organisation (Naro). Read …

Mighty farming microbes: bacteria to give crops a boost

June 13th, 2015 / Interlochen Public Radio

What if farmers, instead of picking up some agricultural chemicals at their local dealer, picked up a load of agricultural microbes instead? It’s something to contemplate, because some big names in the pesticide business — like Bayer and Monsanto — are putting money behind attempts to turn soil microbes into …

Agriculture will drive Africa’s rise to economic power

June 12th, 2015 / Guardian, UK

The economies of many African countries are growing faster than anywhere else in the world – and agriculture, which accounts for a third of Africa’s GDP, is poised to be the next instalment of the “Africa rising” narrative. African leaders sent a signal last week that agriculture is the ascendant …

Buhari counts on private-sector led agriculture to feed Nigerians

June 12th, 2015 / AFK Insider, US

According to Nigeria’s new President Muhammadu Buhari, private investment in the country’s agriculture sector is the best way of unlocking its potential of feeding its citizens and reducing over-dependence on oil to develop the country. The oil rich country has come into headwinds since the last quarter of 2014 as …

The rise of Africa’s super vegetables

June 12th, 2015 / Nature, UK

Indigenous vegetables are in vogue. They fill shelves at large supermarkets even in Nairobi, and seed companies are breeding more of the traditional varieties every year. Kenyan farmers increased the area planted with such greens by 25% between 2011 and 2013. Demand has boomed – welcome news for agricultural researchers and nutritional …

To fight hunger and poverty, Africa’s farms must modernise

June 11th, 2015 / Daily Nation, Kenya

Africa desperately needs agricultural modernisation. With the most rapidly growing population in the world and hundreds of millions still suffering malnutrition, African leaders cannot afford to close the door to innovation, says Mark Lynas, adding that part of the problem has been political resistance to adopting new and improved technologies, …

Uganda: adapting to climate change, a toolkit for farmers

June 11th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

Farmers are set to benefit from a tool kit on how to mitigate effects of—and adapt to—climate change. The aim is to empower planners and farmers in three pilot districts—Mbarara, Wakiso and Lira—in implementing agricultural practices that respond appropriately. Read …

Mapping the world’s seeds

June 11th, 2015 / Sustainable Food Trust, UK

Seed Map is a collaborative online portal between USC Canada and the ETC Group on seeds, biodiversity and food. Aimed at practitioners, activists, researchers, teachers, students and all interested citizens, its interactive map allows users to explore over 400 case studies of where our food comes from, the challenges facing …

Nigeria: providing the world with better quality food and produce

June 11th, 2015 / This Day Live, Nigeria

“With the appropriately trained technical and vocational education training (TVET) specialists manning our most critical sectors of agriculture, Nigeria can use biotechnology to the best advantage, providing the world with better quality food and produce, ramping-up its industrial production of agro-allied products, managing its waste by converting them into useful …