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These 7 wonderful CROPS will put Nigeria’s economy back on the track

February 10th, 2017 / NAIJ.com

Many factors have been adduced for food insecurity in third world countries, especially sub-Saharan Africa. Most of these determinants are hinged on natural and artificial logic at the expense of individuals’ failure of contributing to food security drive of world’s leaders which requires investments in wide-ranging food and cash crops. …

Finding the best seeds to match Africa’s needs

February 9th, 2017 / Soybean Innovation Lab, Illinois, US

Throughout Africa, soybean farmers may have access only to a few varieties with unimpressive yield potential or to a few high-yielding varieties without performance data for their latitude and altitude. A new evaluation programme will address these deficiencies and give African growers more and better seed options.
“An important component to …

How GM crops can help us feed a fast-growing population

February 9th, 2017 / GraphicOnline, Ghana

The United Nations forecasts global population to rise to more than nine billion by 2050. Climate change may mean that the crops we depend on now may no longer be suited to the areas where they are currently cultivated and may increasingly be threatened by droughts, floods and the spread …

Africa’s agriculture projects are growing inequality, not food – extension services needed

February 9th, 2017 / Huffington Post, US

Low yield growth, increasing food insecurity, climate change and massive population growth are the four factors that will determine the shape of Africa over the next century. Even if countries on the continent are successful in negotiating more favourable trade conditions and introduce policy reforms, Africa will still need to …

Health care, energy & food all could be transformed by synthetic biology

February 8th, 2017 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Synthetic biology builds upon genetic engineering—something that has been around for 30 years and the results of which are everywhere in our daily lives…Genetic engineering adds new DNA to an organism, and synthetic biology is similar. The end goal of both is to edit the DNA code of an organism …

Armyworm problem spreads through Africa

February 8th, 2017 / eNCA

A pest devastating maize crops is spreading rapidly in Africa, with South Africa and Zimbabwe confirming its presence on Tuesday.
The fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) has been detected in South Africa’s northern Limpopo province, the South African Government News Agency quoted Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana as saying.
Godfrey Chikwenhere from Zimbabwe’s Agriculture …

Five popular foods genetically modified by humans–before GMOs

February 8th, 2017 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to eat a completely “natural” diet? Well, for starters, you wouldn’t be able to eat any of the crops developed through conventional breeding methods. That means virtually every fruit and vegetable in your local supermarket, because they have been genetically modified …

Online Pest Risk Atlas for Africa to combat climate change effects on pest management

February 7th, 2017 / AAAS, US

The International Potato Center (CIP) announces the launch of its free online mobile accessible Pest Risk Atlas for Africa that assesses potential pest risks under current and potential future climate conditions for a number of important pests that effect African agricultural and horticultural crops like potato, sweetpotato, vegetables, and maize.
“African …

The unfortunate sex life of the banana

February 7th, 2017 / DamnInteresting, US

The banana is a freakish and fragile genetic mutant; one that has survived through the centuries due to the sustained application of selective breeding by diligent humans. Indeed, the “miraculous” banana is far from being a no-strings-attached gift from nature. Its cheerful appearance hides a fatal flaw— one that threatens …

Is Africa really undergoing a smallholder agricultural revolution?

February 7th, 2017 / The Conversation, UK

Good news stories about transformation in African agriculture abound with some positive statistics to back them up. The general story is that farmers are adopting improved agricultural practices, that productivity is increasing and that rural economies are burgeoning.
But many of the stories tend to focus on the overall growth based …