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Uganda’s exports face ban due to army worm

March 28th, 2017 / Sunrise

Uganda’s agricultural exports face the possibility of being banned from other countries for fear of the spread of the invasive, highly destructive army worms that have been confirmed in most parts of the country. The Minister of Agriculture Vincent Ssempijja expressed the worry while outlining the government’s plan of …

Digital transformation in agri-business required to safeguard African food supply

March 27th, 2017 / TWeb, South Africa

African food security is under threat from a confluence of climate change, severe drought, water scarcity and a destructive fall armyworm invasion. But, says Lawrence Kandaswami, Managing Director, SAP South Africa, there are technology tools at hand to help solve Africa’s food security problems.
“Smart Farming solutions will become the cornerstone …

The need to increase investment in agriculture

March 27th, 2017 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali reports: Uganda targets to increase its agricultural exports to US$4 billion and to halve the labour force engaged in subsistence production from six to three million, according to the March 17 2017 edition of AGRA Harvest — a periodical publication of the Alliance for a Green …

Tackling vitamin A deficiency with biofortified sweetpotato in sub-Saharan Africa

March 27th, 2017 / Elsevier, Netherlands

Orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) is a rich plant-based source of beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A. In sub-Saharan Africa, sweetpotato is known as a food security crop but most varieties grown are high dry matter white-fleshed types, lacking beta-carotene. In 1995, researchers recognized the potential of OFSP varieties to …

New research fellows to combat climate change in Africa

March 26th, 2017 / SciDev.net

A programme is building the capacity of African researchers to understand climate change impacts and develop evidence-based solutions to help policymakers tackle climate change challenges.
The Climate Impact Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement (CIRCLE) fellowship – an initiative by the African Academy of Sciences and Association of Commonwealth Universities – seeks …

Investment key in adapting to climate change in West Africa

March 26th, 2017 / IIASA

Climate change will likely have negative impacts on food production in West Africa, but a new study provides insights on how strategic planning by decision makers could ease or exacerbate food security challenges in the region.
Climate projections for West Africa show that crop yields and grass for livestock grazing are …

Efficiency of public spending will enhance agriculture productivity for poverty reduction in Africa

March 26th, 2017 / The Financial

Reforms in public spending would boost agricultural productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa, raising farmer’s incomes, and promoting broader economic growth, says a new World Bank report released on March 23.
Reaping Richer Returns: Public Spending Priorities for African Agriculture Productivity Growth explores the performance of agricultural spending in Africa, and presents a …

The inside guide to African drought

March 23rd, 2017 / AllAfrica

Farmers, traders and consumers across East and Southern Africa are feeling the impact of consecutive seasons of drought that have scorched harvests and ruined livelihoods. The El Niño-driven crisis has increased the malnutrition rates of rural children, and driven up food prices for urban residents. Livestock deaths and fire …

East Africa gears for synthetic biology

March 23rd, 2017 / ISAAA

East African countries have the potential to apply synthetic biology in various spheres of their economies, observed participants of the recent UK-East Africa workshop on synthetic biology held in Nairobi, Kenya. Synthetic biology, a relatively new concept, especially in Africa, is a field of biology that adopts an engineering approach …

Scientists make a splash with urine experiment

March 23rd, 2017 / CIAT

A study conducted at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture is looking for a way to trap nitrogen from cattle urine in soil by harnessing the grass Brachiaria. Read …

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