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I have been growing mushrooms for 20 years

August 6th, 2015 / Daily Monitor

Asenath Byaruhanga tells B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru about mushroom growing, how she tried a number of businesses before she settled for mushroom growing, how the business has grown and now involves her whole family.  See …

Superior seeds, better farming practices make Lwanga a millionaire

August 6th, 2015 / The Sunrise

B4FA Fellow Henry Lutaaya reports: Lwanga’s name is almost synonymous with success in modern agriculture across the sub-county and perhaps the entire district of Lwengo. His ten-acre garden stands out in stark contrast with his neighbours’, thanks in great part to his appreciation of the science of the use of …

Why Africa offers growing opportunities for agricultural products

August 6th, 2015 / The Conversation

The main drivers of demand for agricultural products are population growth, urbanisation, economic growth and changing diets. Population growth brings greater demand, urbanisation leads to more people buying food rather than producing their own, economic growth increases purchasing power while changing diets implies that people are opting for diverse, and …

Why the choice of seed is critical in crop production

August 5th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali reports: Much as we value soil fertility and sufficient rainfall for successful crop production, a lot of attention ought to be paid to the kind of seeds that we plant. Poor quality seeds will most likely result in low yields even if they are planted in …

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 …