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Support private sector to enhance agriculture

April 18th, 2016 / Ghanaweb.com

Former President John Agyekum Kufuor says the only way agricultural productivity can be increased on the African continent is for governments to support its private sector through adequate budget allocations and incentives. According to him, agricultural production is largely vested in the private sector and supporting it would help contribute …

Food security and climate change: new frontiers in international security

April 18th, 2016 / Centra for American Progress

In 2010, President Barack Obama’s National Security Strategy, or NSS—the periodic planning document that assesses the risks facing the country and outlines the United States’ response—for the first time recognized climate change as a security threat. The document noted that, “The danger from climate change is real, urgent and severe,” …

Should Uganda replace all its coffee trees to improve yields?

April 18th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

Government should take radical steps to uproot over 90 per cent of existing coffee plantations, to replace them with newer higher-yielding varieties, if the industry is to be revamped to better incomes and bigger revenues from the globally-prized crop. Read …

Climate change, agriculture and biotechnology Part 1

April 18th, 2016 / Nigeria Today

Every year, nations come together to work out solutions to mitigating/adapting to the devastating effects of our changing climate. The issues of renewables are now at their loudest, no thanks to the devastating effects of climate change. Most obvious manifestation would be the change in weather conditions; many countries are …

Genes used to extend banana lifespan

April 18th, 2016 / Reuters.com

Dr. Haya Friedman, a researcher at Israel’s Volcani Institute, also known as the Agricultural Research Organization (ARO), told Reuters that the genetically-altered bananas can stay fresh for at least double the time of normal bananas. “You can see here that these are bananas that we changed the expression of the …

Are monocultures the great evil of GMOs and modern ag?

April 18th, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project

One real problem with monoculture is that it is often used as a strong argument but in a poorly defined way. The influential food journalist Michael Pollan has gone as far as to claim that monoculture is the “real problem”, the “great evil in american agriculture”. Another common worry is …

Biotechnology can play big role in Great Green Wall Initiative

April 18th, 2016 / elkurebedotcom

Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed has assured that Nigeria was ready to deploy biotechnology to boost the economy of the country. She said this while answering questions by Journalists shortly the members of the Programme Committee of the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB) in Africa paid her courtesy visit …

The young women entrepreneurs looking to champion Africa

April 18th, 2016 / Geeskaafrika.com

Tanzanian Belinda Baraka (17) is one young entrepreneur who is looking to solve some of these challenges. Last year she started BITO Market, an online directory that allows farmers to connect with and sell their produce directly to end buyers. By cutting out the middlemen traditionally used in this process, …

Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa Initiative: maize varieties and traits in 13 countries

April 18th, 2016 / Agrilinks.com

Invaluable infographics from the Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) initiative on increasing maize productivity and resilience during times of drought in 13 African countries. They highlight the different improved maize varieties released under DTMA, along with other valuable information for each variety including maturity range; colour; owner (seed company/distributor); …

Zambia first country to create a smart farming training centre

April 18th, 2016 / SABC, South Africa

Zambia has become the first country in the world to create a smart farming training centre. The AGCO-Zambia Agriculture Training Centre launched this week will fast-track the country’s agricultural sector into the 21st century- as it moves away from its dependence on copper. Farmers will be taught how to use …