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Improving the nutrition of food

November 23rd, 2016 / Claudia Canales, B4FA

The current food system has an intrinsic contradiction: although there are a larger number of people who are overweight than underweight, malnutrition – the “hidden hunger” – remains a pervasive problem worldwide, even among those who consume enough or too many calories. In fact, malnutrition also includes obesity and overweight. …

Deal agreed to export Scottish seed potatoes to Kenya

November 22nd, 2016 / Aberdeen Press & Journal, UK

Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing, who announced the trade deal at AgriScot, said the potential market demand for Scottish seed tatties in Kenya was significant.
“Kenya grows around 160,000 hectares (395,360 acres) of potatoes annually but only 2% of this is grown from certified seed potatoes,” said Mr Ewing.
“This agreement with …

Suggestions on current food challenges

November 22nd, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow and farmer Michael Ssali writes: Every year, 12 million hectares of land is degraded due to drought and desertification according to the 2016 Global Food Report.
The farmers who attended the second National Coffee Festival at Mandela National Stadium, Nambole, on November 4 were introduced to the Coffee Drought …

Promoting high value cassava products

November 22nd, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru writes: Farmers have been trained in proper methods of drying cassava for quality flour. There is a cassava drier facility in Soroti where farmers learn the basic practices to be applied.
Cassava is identified as one of the emerging market oriented commodities will improve the livelihood of …

Nigeria poised to become Africa’s GMO superpower

November 21st, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

The Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS) declared this week that genetically-modified foods are safe for consumption. The NAS, citing overwhelming evidence from developed countries and thousands of studies, said the country was ready for the products and that they were safe for production and beneficial to the nation.
The academy noted …

Africa aims for sustainable, resilient soil management to combat climate change

November 21st, 2016 / CCAFS, Denmark

Africa’s soils are under threat, especially due to climate change. But improved practices that conserve and maintain soils for future food and nutrition needs are taking root.
Leaders in the agricultural sector from across Africa gathered to support the movement From Science to Action on 13 November 2016, at an event …

Plants modified to boost photosynthesis produce greater yields

November 21st, 2016 / The Guardian, UK

Genetically modified (GM) plants designed to use light more efficiently produced a 20% greater yield in a study that could have significant implications for global food supplies.
The field trial, which used tobacco plants, is the first to show that GM techniques can be used to boost the basic efficiency of …

Experts launch action plan to help African agriculture adapt to climate change

November 18th, 2016 / CCAFS, Denmark

Leading scientists and policymakers have come together at the COP22 climate talks in Marrakech to determine priorities for collective action that will help African agriculture to build resilience to climate change and feed the chronically food insecure continent.
“Six of the 10 countries most affected by climate change are in Africa …

NASS pledges support for biosafety agency

November 18th, 2016 / Trace Reporter, Nigeria

B4FA Fellow Abdallah el-Kurebe reports: Towards achieving her mandate, the Senate Committee on Environment has pledged its support for the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA).
A statement issued by the Agency’s Head of Press, ‎Ovuakporie Efe‎ on Thursday disclosed that the Senate Committee’s Co-Chairman, Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi made the assurance during …

China is on a mission to modernize African farming – and find new markets

November 18th, 2016 /

Inside a gated white complex set back on a hill in southern Rwanda, a team of Chinese agronomists tends to 22 hectares (54 acres) of rice paddies, trenches of mushrooms, and rows of mulberry plants. Concrete storehouses surround a C-shaped building where they hold workshops on sericulture, soil conservation, and …