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African nations pledge greater women’s involvement in agriculture programs

July 3rd, 2015 / NewsGhana

Policymakers and gender specialists from sub-Saharan Africa say that governments have prioritised enactment of new policies and laws to promote women’s involvement in agriculture value chains. African leaders have pledged support towards policy and financing incentives that enhance women’s participation in farming, and sub-Saharan African countries have agreed to achieve …

Rwanda: Farmers urged to consider deploying insects against maize stem borer pests

July 2nd, 2015 / AllAfrica.com

Agricultural scientists are calling for more research and investment in the use of parasitoid species, aptly referred to as ‘natural enemies’, to control pests in sub-Saharan Africa. They are observing the efficacy of various natural enemies such as cotesia flavipes and cotesia sesamiae (both types of wasp larvae) and certain types …

Agriculture boot camp for Miss Uganda contestants increases awareness of ag technologies

July 2nd, 2015 / ISAAA

In a bid to promote agriculture and increase awareness of modern agricultural technologies, Miss Uganda beauty queen contestants were introduced to the field management of key crops, including cereals, legumes, root crops, and fruits. They were also introduced to crop improvement techniques, including biotechnology. The outgoing Miss Uganda 2014/15 Leah …

Negotiating hunger: agriculture and the UN climate talks

July 2nd, 2015 / Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food, Oxford

The current generation of farmers (and consumers) face two stark realities: the need to produce 70 percent more food to feed a growing population of 9 billion by the year 2050, and the need to do so in climatic conditions never before faced. Therefore, agriculture’s evolving role in current UNFCCC …

Tanzania Dep. Min. for Agri advocates biotech

July 1st, 2015 / Crop Biotech Update, ISAAA

Tanzania’s Assistant Minister for Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, Mr. Godfrey Zambi, said that Tanzania cannot afford to ignore the benefits of biotechnology in developing various sectors of the economy, especially in agriculture. He said this during the launch of the ISAAA Brief 49: Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops …

Uganda: linking farmers to agro input dealers

July 1st, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

Farmers in Uganda hardly use inputs like fertilisers though using them would boost production. B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru examines the issue from various perspectives. Read …

Seed companies asked to allay fears associated with GM seeds

June 30th, 2015 / New Vision, Uganda

Companies trading in seeds should spearhead the sensitization of farmers on the pros and cons of adopting genetically modified seeds. The commissioner for crop protection, Komayombi Bulegeya said seed companies are part of the extension system which makes them the first point of contact for farmers accessing information on the …

Strengthening STEM teaching in Africa

June 30th, 2015 / AfricanBrains.net

The African Union Commission (AUC) and the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at strengthening the teaching and learning of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) on the African continent. The signing took place at the headquarters of the African Union Commission in …

Farmers net more profits from GMOs, particularly in developing world

June 30th, 2015 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

In a PLOS Biology article “A Meta-Analysis of the Impacts of Genetically Modified Crops” researchers used data from 147 separate studies to analyze the outcomes for farmers using genetically modified (GM) and non-GM seeds. They found that using GM seeds allowed farmers to use less pesticide chemicals and earn more …

Citrus farmers eye juicy future

June 29th, 2015 / Farmbiz Africa

Citrus farmers in Kenya and Tanzania are set to benefit from a project that seeks to embrace alternative pest control methods and identifying suitable areas for its plantation, a move key in spurring citrus farming at a time when demand has failed to match supply leading to imports. Read …