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Protecting crop varieties boosts plant breeding, benefits farmers

August 5th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

Protection of new varieties of plants is an important aspect of the agriculture sector. Among others, it facilitates access to improved plant varieties, a key input in farming through protection of the breeder to exclusively benefit from commercial exploitation of their improved variety. This motivates the breeder to invest in …

Kenya: Cotton farmers to access quality seeds

August 4th, 2015 / The Star

The cotton industry in Kenya has been grappling with many challenges which has lead to low production. Currently there are only six companies dealing with cotton in the country, but this could change as the government plans to distribute seeds to farmers in the cotton growing areas. Afred Busolo, interim …

Sparks of prosperity

August 4th, 2015 / Can we feed the world

Africa’s youth hold the key to unlocking the continent’s success. With almost 200 million people aged between 15 and 24, Africa has the youngest population in the world and with estimates suggesting that Africa’s labour force will be 1 billion strong by 2040, it will be largest and youngest worldwide. …

Green shoots for Ghana’s flower industry

August 4th, 2015 / The Africa Report

It is early afternoon and a small group of women are tending to rows of yellow, pink, orange and red variations of heliconia tropical flowers as part of a gender-focused social enterprise program channelled through Eden ‘n’ Eve, a 10-acre flower farm owned by Sefa Gohoho-Boatin.  See …

Re-imagining African agriculture

August 3rd, 2015 / UNEP, Kenya

Over 1,200 experts, policy makers and participants today adopted the Nairobi Action Agenda on Ecosystem based Adaptation for food security and formed the Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security Assembly (EBAFOSA), which re-imagines a system of agriculture for the continent that would be beneficial both economically and environmentally. As the …

Train farmers in climate-smart agriculture says minister

August 3rd, 2015 / New Vision, Uganda

Uganda’s agriculture minister Tress Bucyanayandi has called for more innovation in the agriculture sector to help farmers cope with the changing climate in the East African region. Effects of climate change such as drought, floods, landslides, pests and diseases are already being felt, as seen by reduced food production and …

Ghana: improving maize yields

August 3rd, 2015 / Youtube.com

B4FA Fellow Yao Noah Nash reports: Some famers under the Integrated Agricultural Productivity Improvement and Marketing Project in the West Mamprusi district in the Northern Region have been taken through a maize demonstration farm to learn and adopt the best practices in maize cultivation to improve their farm yields.  See …

Kenyan loan rates linked to soil quality

August 3rd, 2015 / BBC, UK

Watch BBC’s Hannah McNeish’s report on a Kenyan company offering loans to farmers where the interest rates charged are linked to the quality of the soil, providing an incentive for soil preservation.  See …

Kenya steps up to UN year of soils

July 31st, 2015 / FarmBiz Africa

Kenya is among countries rolling out transformatory soil conservation and fertility exercises following years of degradation and nutrient mining that has taken a toll on yields as the World marks 2015 as the United Nations international year of soils.  Read …

Sorghum value addition opens new frontiers for Kenyan farmers

July 31st, 2015 / FarmBiz Africa

Sorghum has been one of the most successful crops in adoption across the country, especially in the arid and semi arid areas. The Kenya Agricultural Livestock and Research Organization, KALRO, is championing the value addition of sorghum, especially making of sorghum sausages as farmers record success in growth and market …