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‘Africa can finance its own development,’ AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina

March 25th, 2016 / AFKinsider

African countries should look within to the private sector to fund their own infrastructure rather than borrowing from international markets to plug financing gaps, said Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank. Read …

Govt, stakeholders in push to improve agric production

March 25th, 2016 / New Times, Rwanda

When African leaders pledged to support agriculture by allocating over 10 per cent of their budget to the sector under the Maputo Declaration over 10 years ago, Rwanda was the first country to endorse the initiative. Though governments across the continent committed to increasing agro-funding to at least 5 per …

Science plays crucial role in SDG success

March 25th, 2016 / SciDev.net, UK

Last night SciDev.Net hosted a panel discussion with the British Council as part of the council’s exhibition on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The panellists discussed how conversations around science can support the implementation of the SDGs. During the discussion, several distinct roles for science emerged. Read …

Biotech benefits: drought- and salt-resistant crops

March 25th, 2016 / Food Insight, US

Biotech crops, designed to withstand the effects of climate change, are one tool that could help us meet the challenge of feeding more people in a changing world. Read …

Newly-released sorghum types offer biodiversity & crop improvement

March 25th, 2016 / Newswire

Sorghum has many benefits for farmers, consumers, and the environment. It is a drought-tolerant crop. In many areas, it needs significantly less water than rice and corn. With fresh water becoming more limited for agriculture, crops such as sorghum may become more attractive to farmers. Sorghum has also been bred …

Uganda seeks ways to manage the regulation of biotechnology

March 25th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru writes: Biotechnology is one of the fast growing sectors in the world and the pace of this places unique demands on management of the technology. The managers must be able to create and sustain entrepreneurship, collaboration and research within a high-risk environment. So, they cannot adapt …

New rice seed promises high yields, income

March 16th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

New rice varieties that will enable growing of the crop with less pesticides, less fertilizers and less water have showed yields of 20-30 times more than traditional ones under trials on farmers’ fields. Read …

Kenyan researchers step up trials for GM crops to fight hunger

March 16th, 2016 / Daily Nation, Kenya

National field trials for genetically modified maize (BT maize) have reignited interest in the bid by government and private companies to use science to produce more food cheaply. The situation has been made more urgent as the population continues to grow and worsening climatic conditions make more and more people …

Africa’s key food crops threatened

March 16th, 2016 / The East African, Kenya

Agriculture in parts of sub-Saharan Africa needs to be transformed for key food crops to be produced, a new study published in Nature Climate Change notes. The study examines region-by-region the likely effect of different climate change scenarios on nine crops that constitute 50 per cent of food production in …

B4FA evidence to UK House of Commons Select Committee

March 15th, 2016 / B4FA

In January 2016, the UK Parliament’s Science and Technology Committee launched an inquiry into the impact of European Union (EU) regulation and policy on the UK life sciences. The inquiry will look at how EU legislation and regulation can best facilitate, and avoid impeding, collaboration and innovation in life sciences …