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GMOs will only grow In impact

October 17th, 2016 / Forbes, US

Dr. Robert T. Fraley, executive vice president and chief technology officer at Monsanto, writes: It has been 20 years since companies like mine first began selling genetically modified (GM) seeds to farmers – soy and cotton in 1996, corn in 1997. If you had told me then that by 2016, …

Is agriculture the way forward for Africa? Professor Juma thinks so

October 17th, 2016 /

Calestous Juma is a Professor of the Practice of International Development at Harvard Kennedy School and author who specialises in African agriculture. In 2015 he released the second edition of his book, The New Harvest: Agricultural Innovation in Africa, which posits that Africa can not only feed itself within a …

Sweet potato Vitamin A research wins World Food Prize

October 17th, 2016 / BBC, UK

Four scientists have been awarded the 2016 World Food Prize for enriching sweet potatoes, which resulted in health benefits for millions of people.
They won the prize for the single most successful example of biofortification, resulting in Vitamin A-boosted crops.
Three of the 2016 laureates – Drs Maria Andrade, Robert Mwanga and …

Farmers sow resistance to drought, boosting seed demand

October 13th, 2016 /

In the late afternoon, Angelina Mwangangi, 52, is digging on her farm on a slope overlooking Iveti hill in Machakos County, southeast of Nairobi. To prevent erosion when the rains come, she has carved out terraces.
Since the harvest in August, farmers here in Mathitu village have been preparing their land …

Food production – how Nigeria plans to encourage farmers

October 13th, 2016 / New Times, Nigeria

To encourage farmers to produce more and ensure food sufficiency for Nigeria, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said on Monday that government would implement a buy back scheme to guarantee minimum price for agricultural products.
The scheme, Mr. Osinbajo explained, would involve government buying up agricultural products by farmers and storing them …

Global fertilizer industry players accelerate action on innovation

October 12th, 2016 / The Exchange, Tanzania

Actors in the global fertilizer industry are accelerating action on partnerships, investments and innovation towards improving fertilizer access and trade in Africa to boost food security currently threatened by climate change.
Speaking at the CRU Africa Fertilizer Agribusiness conference, Minister Tizeba invited the private sector to explore the available opportunities in …

A case for Uganda’s use of biotechnology

October 12th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

Michael Ssali, B4FA Rellow, writes: “I write this article from the stand point of a Ugandan farmer that has seen acres of my coffee farm destroyed by the incurable coffee wilt disease (CWD) and has also lost half of the banana and cassava crops due to the banana bacterial wilt …

Allow experts to handle GMO testing process

October 12th, 2016 / Business Daily

Health minister Cleopa Mailu’s decision to keep on hold the planned trials of genetically modified (GM) maize on the basis of a decision made four years ago shows the extent to which Kenya’s policy landscape is fraught with contradictions.
That the minister can still by fiat overrule the professional advice from …

Soybeans – farmers advised to adapt planting on ridges to enhance growth and germination

October 11th, 2016 /

B4FA Fellow Noah Nash reports from Ghana: an agronomist with the USAID-Feed the Future, Soybean Innovation lab, Dr. George Awuni has urged soybean farmers to adopt planting on ridges to enhance the plant growth population. See …

Climate change adaptation in agriculture: practices and technologies

October 11th, 2016 /

In 2014 the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), as part of its mandate to consider issues related to agriculture, decided to invite submissions from parties and observers, covering four topics, in 2015 and 2016. Of the two topics for …