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Project promises hardy maize for Africa

April 4th, 2016 / SciDev.net

A Mexican-African project to develop better and more climate-tolerant maize varieties using traditional breeding techniques has been launched. The partners involved in the Stress-Tolerant Maize for Africa (STMA) project aim to develop varieties that are more tolerant to heat, drought, diseases and low soil fertility than existing types. These efforts …

Uganda: Chinese to train 10 000 Ugandan farmers

March 31st, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

Uganda and China have embarked on a two-year project to benefit more than 10,000 farmers who will be trained in mechanised agriculture and value-addition. “The project promotes simple Chinese technology transfer to Uganda. Farmers will be trained in value-addition that will increase household income and create jobs,” a senior agriculture …

Nigeria: ’43 % of land mass threatened by desertification’

March 31st, 2016 / Daily Trust, Nigeria

The Director-General, National Agency for the Great Green Wall, Ahmed Goni, has said that 43 per cent of Nigeria’s land mass is threatened by desertification. Goni stated this at the first stakeholders’ meeting on the implementation of the Great Green Wall project organised by the Connected Development (CODE), an NGO. …

If you care for our planet, you should support GMOs

March 31st, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

The term “GMO” covers a broad spectrum of benefits, but for our corn and soybean farm it breaks down to a few key ones:
1) Much safer herbicide products to control weeds;
2) No-till farming, crop rotation, cover crops keep carbon in the soil and conserves organic matter which further protects the …

Good seed agribusinesses will improve food security

March 30th, 2016 / New Ghana

Though the agriculture industry still remains the single largest employer in Ghana, yields over the past years have consistently come short of the required targets to feed the growing population. To improve yields and food security, while cutting back on the 1.5 billion the country already spends on importing basic …

Make agricultural research and data accessible

March 30th, 2016 / SciDev.net, UK

Africa needs to refocus research thinking and agenda on the continent for agriculture to become productive and aid development, say agricultural experts. According to panellists at a SciDev.Net event organised in conjunction with the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications in Nigeria, research is necessary for agricultural growth …

NTMA throws weight behind BT cotton for Nigerian farmers

March 30th, 2016 / elkurebedotcom

B4FA Fellow, Abdallah el-Kurebe, reports: The Nigerian Textile Manufacturers Association (NTMA) has expressed its support for ‎the environmental release and commercialization of genetically modified Bt Cotton, which is known to be resistant against pests for Nigerian farmers. According to the Association, the cotton potential in Nigeria was because of the …

Project helps African farmers address stresses in maize farming

March 29th, 2016 / Commodities and Fair Trade News,

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and its partners have unveiled a new project – Stress Tolerant Maize for Africa (STMA) – to diminish devastating environmental effects in maize production that occur simultaneously across many regions in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The new project will develop new improved varieties …

African Union official hails Ugandan scientists on biotech

March 29th, 2016 / New Vision, Uganda

B4FA Fellow, Christopher Bendana, reports: Sunday Akile, the programme officer for legal and policy biosafety at the African Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE), has lauded Ugandan scientists doing research on biotechnology. ABNE is an institution of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). “Our scientists have scored high in this …

Reducing food losses and waste in sub-Saharan Africa

March 29th, 2016 / FAO, Italy

Roughly one-third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted. These losses are particularly unfortunate in Africa where 220 million people are estimated to be undernourished. Climate-induced crop failures — including those caused by the ongoing …