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What does the world eat?

May 8th, 2015 / FAO

FAO provides updated data on what we eat and what food’s available – from 245 countries and regions. Read …

Climate-smart agriculture: Acting locally, informing globally

May 8th, 2015 / Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security

In 2014 CCAFS helped advance the concept and practice of climate-smart agriculture in farmers’ fields and in global initiatives, through close collaboration with farmers, civil society, governments and researchers. Here are some of the highlights from its 2014 Annual Report. Read …

Tanzania Invaded By the Deadly Papaya Mealy Bug Disease

May 8th, 2015 / AllAfrica.com

The fast spreading and highly destructive papaya mealy bug has invaded Tanzania, IITA has reported. “The pest is rapidly spreading through the coastal areas of Tanzania around Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar,” IITA statement posted on its website says.The pest is attacking important food crops such as papaya and cassava, …

Pamela Ronald: The case for engineering our food

May 7th, 2015 / TED.com

Pamela Ronald studies the genes that make plants more resistant to disease and stress. In this eye-opening talk, she describes her decade-long quest to help create a variety of rice that can survive prolonged flooding. She shows how the genetic improvement of seeds saved the Hawaiian papaya crop in the …

Genetically-Modified Cattle May Help Reshape African Farms

May 7th, 2015 / National Geographic, US

With one gene, molecular geneticist Steve Kemp may someday be able to boost the success of small farms across a huge swath of central Africa. The gene is from a baboon, and it’s important because it produces a protein that kills a diabolical protozoan called Trypanosoma brucei. Trypanosoma brucei causes …

Breeding projects aim to help African poultry farmers

May 7th, 2015 / African Farming

A series of projects have been launched across Africa to provide poultry farmers in the continent with better-adapted chickens. The African Chicken Genetic Gains programme aims to support productivity growth, increase household animal protein intake, reduce poverty and empower female farmers, all by improving the genetics of the chicken varieties …

Research: Africa’s fight for equality

May 7th, 2015 / Nature, UK

In a 2014 ruling on a lawsuit lodged against the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), the Nairobi Industrial Court agreed that six Kenyan doctors in an international research partnership had been systematically passed over for promotion and training, whereas their European colleagues had flourished. Collaborations have proliferated in recent decades …

Ghana: System Rice intensification Project launched in the Northern Region 15

May 7th, 2015 / Youtube.com

B4FA Fellow Noah Nash reports: The Savannah Agricultural Research Institute, SARI has introduced a System Rice Intensification project to smallholder farmers in the northern region to improve rice yield in the various rice zones in the country. The initiative is also an attempt to ensure that the country meets its …

NRM caucus approves controversial GMO bill

May 7th, 2015 / NTV, Uganda

The ruling NRM party’s Parliamentary caucus has approved the controversial Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill that seeks to legalize and regulate the use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in Uganda. Read …

Is Food Security Prompting a New Race for Africa?

May 5th, 2015 / International Policy Digest

The 2008 financial crisis demonstrated the consequences of rising fuel and food prices. In particular, developed and emerging market countries with sparse arable land have become acutely aware of their vulnerability to food security, all the more so in the face of climate change. Moreover, foreign corporations have discovered the …