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Farmers opt for GM cowpea?

November 10th, 2017 / News Ghana

Some farmers in Nyakpala in the Northern Region have opted for Biotech (Bt) Cowpea or Genetically Modified (GM) Cowpea, due its ability to withstand the most deadly pests that destroy cowpea in the area.
The farmers say they witnessed high yields due to the strength of the Bt Cowpea against the …

Kenyan scientists find new striga resistance genes in wild sorghum

November 9th, 2017 / ISAAA, US

Wild sorghum will soon provide a reservoir for resistance genes against Striga. A research team lead by Dr. Steven Runo of the Plant Transformation Laboratory (PTL) at Kenyatta University and Professor Michael Timko of University of Virginia has identified three wild sorghum accessions resistant to Striga hermonthica (witchweed), a parasitic …

CRISPR-Cas9-mediated genome editing of cassava

November 9th, 2017 / ISAAA, US

CRISPR-Cas9 has proved to be a powerful genome-editing tool for introducing genetic changes into crop species. However, it has not yet been used to edit cassava (Manihot esculenta). To test the capacity of CRISPR-Cas9 in cassava, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center researcher John Odipio and his team targeted the …

Agriculture training in South Africa badly needs an overhaul …

November 9th, 2017 / The Conversation

Agriculture delivers more jobs per rand invested than any other productive sector. If the entire agriculture value chain is considered in South Africa, its contribution to GDP reaches approximately 12%.
South Africa has the ability to meet national food requirements – yet more than 7 million citizens experience hunger. A further …

Rwanda: Meet the retired soldier making millions from growing improved sweet-potato

November 8th, 2017 / New Times

Jean Marie Vianney Habumuremyi says he had previously looked at sweet potatoes as for only home consumption. Then he received a new variety of potatoes from a USAID project. The new orange-fleshed sweet potato variety can produce eight tonnes per hectare, four times as much as his former crop. This …

Can Kenyan farmers combat food insecurity with climate-smart agriculture?

November 8th, 2017 / Equal Times

Farmers in Kenya are being taught about climate-smart agriculture (CSA), farming methods that will enable them to make the most of their own land by helping to ensure food security and economic empowerment from the sale of surplus crops such as sorghum, millet, green grams (mung beans), cassava and cow …

Tanzania farmers adopt vegetable farming to improve nutrition

November 7th, 2017 / African Farming

Farmers in Tanzania are encouraged to grow elite varieties of vegetables, enriched with high-value nutritional content, in order to fight malnutrition, hunger and double agricultural productivity and income of smallholders. The Africa RISING project focuses on the need to take urgent action in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which aim …

Nsubuga’s disease-free Irish potatoes

November 7th, 2017 / Daily Monitor

For years now, crop expert Erostus Nsubuga has etched out a name in breeding banana suckers using the tissue culture technology at his AGT Company in Buloba. While excelling at bananas, Nsubuga recently started the growth of Irish potatoes using the same technology and the proliferating demand has made Nsubuga …

Changing where crops are grown could feed an additional 825 million people, study finds

November 7th, 2017 / YaleE360

The world could feed an additional 825 million people, produce 10 percent more food calories, and grow 19 percent more protein simply by adjusting what crops are grown where, according to a new study in the journal Nature Geoscience. The study looked at 14 crops that make up 72 percent …

Ghana: Pass Plant Breeders bill now, Parliament urged

November 6th, 2017 / Graphic Online

A former Director of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Professor Hans Adu-Daapah, has called for the immediate passage of the Plant Breeders Bill by Parliament to address food and nutrition insecurity in the country. The Plant Breeders Bill, which was put before Parliament in 2013, went through the …