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Strengthening STEM teaching in Africa

June 30th, 2015 / AfricanBrains.net

The African Union Commission (AUC) and the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at strengthening the teaching and learning of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) on the African continent. The signing took place at the headquarters of the African Union Commission in …

Farmers net more profits from GMOs, particularly in developing world

June 30th, 2015 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

In a PLOS Biology article “A Meta-Analysis of the Impacts of Genetically Modified Crops” researchers used data from 147 separate studies to analyze the outcomes for farmers using genetically modified (GM) and non-GM seeds. They found that using GM seeds allowed farmers to use less pesticide chemicals and earn more …

Citrus farmers eye juicy future

June 29th, 2015 / Farmbiz Africa

Citrus farmers in Kenya and Tanzania are set to benefit from a project that seeks to embrace alternative pest control methods and identifying suitable areas for its plantation, a move key in spurring citrus farming at a time when demand has failed to match supply leading to imports. Read …

Project to build resilient farming systems in West Africa

June 29th, 2015 / SciDev.net, UK

A large-scale project that seeks to help smallholders adapt to climate change by practising agricultural systems that integrate tree planting, rearing of livestock and crop production has begun in West Africa. The Building Resilient Agro-forestry Pastoral Systems through Participatory Action Research (BRAS-PAR) project aims to improve the understanding of farmers’ …

Intercropping potato and peas, earning year round income

June 29th, 2015 / Farmbiz Africa

A farmer in Molo is growing potato seeds and intercropping with garden peas, in a classic crop rotation model that not only improves soil fertility but also ensures her of an year round source of income. Having traditionally relied on potato seeds from the previous harvest for planting, Ann Chepngeno …

Burkinabe farmer clears air on genetically modified crops

June 28th, 2015 / News Daily, Nigeria

An award-winning farmer in Burkina Faso, Dr. Traore François in a debate titled, ‘Controversy’, aired on National Radio and Television of Burkina Faso, joined in explaining the benefits of biotechnology for farmers in Burkina Faso. In the debate, which centered on the advantages and disadvantages of genetically modified (GM) crops, …

‘Walking the Talk’ with the media in agriculture

June 28th, 2015 / CAADP.net

Acknowledging the fact that media has a powerful role in distributing information on African agriculture, the CAADP Journalists reaffirmed their commitment to disseminate pertinent information to local communities by linking policy makers and researchers with farmers on the ground. Read …

GM wheat that repels pests naturally fails field tests

June 28th, 2015 / Genetic Literacy project, US

A strain of genetically modified wheat developed in the UK has failed to repel pests as intended in field trials. In the laboratory, the scientists were able for the first time to modify wheat so it produced a type of scent that aphids emit when they are threatened. It is …

The One Acre Fund – energizing the Green Revolution in Africa

June 27th, 2015 / New York Times, US

“In the fight against global poverty, there are very few hugely powerful leverage points,” says One Acre Fund founder Andrew Youn. “The majority of the world’s poor people are farmers; they share one profession, and we figured out how to make that profession way more productive 50 years ago. There …

Agriculture should be driven by standards – ARSO

June 27th, 2015 / Leadership, Nigeria

The ARSO president and director-general of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Dr Joseph Odumodu, explained the advantage of adopting good standardisation and conformity assessment regimes is that they lead to creation of new technologies in post-harvest processing and storage that improve safety and avoid spoilage. Odumodu argued that a …