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Water storage, management and future of farming

March 25th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow, Michael Ssali writes: As we plan to develop agriculture we should think beyond mere provision of tools and seeds to our small-scale farmers. The challenges we face today are far bigger; they require radical rethinking and planning to provide farmers with resources, skills and knowledge needed to increase …

It’s been 100 years since S. African fields were this dry

March 25th, 2016 / Mail & Guardian, Kenya

THE corn that is a food staple for much of southern Africa is now so expensive it has become a luxury many can’t afford, after the worst drought in three decades damaged crops from Ethiopia to South Africa. And it is a situation that has many of the elements that …

Climate change, food production and food security

March 25th, 2016 / Can we feed the world, UK

A study in The Lancet indicates that global food supply as impacted by climate change could cause over half a million deaths by 2050, largely due to a rise in undernutrition. While it is understood, at least to some degree, that crop yields will be affected, largely adversely, by climate …

‘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 …