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Insect farming can reduce hunger and generate money

November 5th, 2018 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali writes:
Of the hundreds of articles that I have written in the Daily Monitor since 1992, there is hardly any that has attracted as much public reaction as the one I wrote about Mr Deo Kiwanuka of Gulama Village, Buwunga Sub-county, in Masaka District.
He is a beekeeper …

Plague of caterpillars threatening food crisis may be halted with safe pesticides

November 5th, 2018 / The Guardian, UK

Plague of caterpillars threatening food crisis may be halted with safe pesticides
Study suggests biopesticides should be trialled to control the march of armyworm that’s destroying crops across the continent.
Experts have identified safer, effective pesticides they believe can control a plague of caterpillars that is devastating crops across Africa.
Many farmers …

Tech alone ‘won’t raise farm yields’

November 2nd, 2018 / SciDev.net

• African smallholders face challenges including rural-urban migration
• To help smallholders increase yields, strong institutions should aid innovations
• Technology should help spur yields and farm operations, says an expert
Technological innovations such as use of mobile phones to aid farming are unlikely to increase yields unless strong institutions exist, an …

Ugandan researchers hit the road to battle anti-GMO propaganda

November 2nd, 2018 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru reports:
As Uganda continues to grapple with its biotech future, scientists have launched an initiative to help local farmers better understand what’s included in the nation’s biotechnology safety law.
The law was approved by the nation’s parliament in December 2017, but still awaits the signature of President Yoweri …

Agri-tech can turn African Savannah into global food basket – African Development Bank

November 2nd, 2018 / AfricanBrains

The African Development Bank has determined that the African Savannah can support the production of maize, soybean, and livestock, and transform the continent into a net exporter of these commodities
The African Development Bank is championing a new regional and global effort to transform the African Savannah from a “Sleeping Giant” …

We need your help

November 1st, 2018 / B4FA.org

Eight years ago, Biosciences for Farming in Africa (B4FA) was set up to help African farmers unlock the continent’s huge agricultural potential.
Initially, we ran courses in Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda, in collaboration with local scientists from universities and research institutes, providing training for more than 160 TV, radio and …

Irrigation-short Africa may get $9 billion boost to spur harvests

November 1st, 2018 / Reuters

The power of irrigation is on full display in this corner of southeastern Kenya, where an 8,000-hectare sugarcane plantation glimmers in an otherwise semi-arid landscape.
Yields at the Kwale sugar plantation are higher than they would be if it relied only on rain, and there is no need to worry about …

Field trials of GM maize shows signs of withstanding stem borer and Fall armyworm

November 1st, 2018 / Daily News, Tanzania

TANZANIA’s second year of confined field trials of genetic modified maize is bearing fruit, as the crop has significantly shown signs of withstanding stem borer and fall armyworm attacks, compared to conventional maize varieties.
The confined field trials (CFT), which started in April 2016, are located in the semiarid area of …

Why is African agribusiness luring GCC investors?

November 1st, 2018 / The National, UAE

The UAE – like other countries in the Arabian Gulf – wants to ramp up overseas food production to tackle resource scarcity at home.
Africa, with 60 per cent of the world’s arable land, represents a huge opportunity.
What is agribusiness?
Agribusiness means farming for commercial purposes, or, the business of agricultural production. …

Ugandan scientists poised to release vitamin-fortified GMO banana

October 31st, 2018 / Alliance for Science, US

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru reports:
Ugandan scientists are eying a 2021 release date for genetically modified bananas fortified with vitamin A, provided the nation passes its biosafety law.
In 2005, Ugandan scientists began using the tools of biotechnology to breed bananas fortified with vitamin A. Their goal was to help rural families …