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Stakeholders concerned about whitefly pest

February 15th, 2016 / All Africa.com

Over 100 members of the panel for agricultural research from 23 countries have met today in Arusha to discuss ways to tackle the whitefly species known to cause crop losses. The pest fly which carries and spread disease is a major threat to global food production. According to research …

New crop varieties for Nigerian farmers

February 15th, 2016 / All Africa.com

The Federal Government has approved the release of 17 new high yield crop varieties to Nigerian farmers to enhance food production according to the National Varieties Release Committee (NVRC). NVRC chairman, Oladosu Awoyemi said at the 23rd meeting of the NVRC at Ibadan only 17 of the 24 crop …

Africa’s economic future will be cultivated on small family farms

February 15th, 2016 / African Insider

Africa’s growing population and expanding middle class are creating a domestic market for food products that will be worth $1 trillion by 2030. But to tap this opportunity for Africa’s smallholder farmer, we need to stop thinking about them as subsistence growers and embrace their potential to generate income. …

Why we won’t be able to feed the world without GM

February 12th, 2016 / The Conversation, UK

With an increasing population, we can increase yields to meet demand without expanding area, and/or we can reduce demand enough to allow supply to catch up. Increasing supply in a sustainable way is perfectly possible. Some of this is about increasing efficiency through better farming, such as using precision …

Nigeria: Why We Developed Drought Resistant Crops – Professor Izge

February 12th, 2016 / AllAfrica.com

Usman Adamu Izge is a Professor of Agriculture with specialty in genetic and crop breeding at Federal University Dutse, Jigawa State. In this interview, he speaks on why he carried out research on breeding a drought resistant variety of groundnut. Read …

Biofortification: New ‘green revolution’ for more nutritious crops

February 12th, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Plant breeders and biotechnologists are working on a new Green Revolution to make crops produce more nutrients, a process called biofortification. Recently, several new biofortified crops have been in the news: an orange ‘super banana’ genetically engineered to produce elevated levels of beta-carotene currently undergoing human testing in Iowa; …

Gene editing without foreign DNA

February 11th, 2016 / The Scientist.com

The ongoing quest to increase the yield of crops and produce varieties resistant to disease, drought, and pests has been aided by the development of gene-editing technologies. These days, probably the most commonly used gene-editing approach in labs is the CRISPR/Cas9 system. Read …

Africa: UN drive to lift up poor farmers must focus on climate

February 11th, 2016 / AllAfrica.com

A new push to give farmers in developing countries better access to markets, led by the United Nations’ food aid agency, could fall short of its goals if it does not prioritise helping poor farmers adapt to climate change, experts have warned. Aimed at boosting incomes and improving food …

UN FAO warns of threat to food security from overuse of antibiotics

February 11th, 2016 / UN News

The overuse of antibiotics and other antimicrobial agents is impacting rural livelihoods and food security, and requires globally coordinated efforts, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today. “Antimicrobial resistance is a global threat that in this inter-connected world cannot be solved in Europe alone,” Ms. Semedo, FAO …

Epigenetically modified organisms: The coming EPO farming and food revolution?

February 10th, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Agriculture around the world faces a myriad of problems: Pests, weeds, random and extreme weather, and drought, to name a few. While none of these issues are new, because of climate change in particular, several of them are being exacerbated. Techniques like genetic engineering, artificial selection, and mutagenesis have made …