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Inter-planting coffee and banana to cope with climate change

January 2nd, 2016 / IPS

Studies by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and partner organizations show that a Ugandan farmer gets 50 per cent more income from inter cropping coffee and banana than from growing either crop alone. Conducted in over 30 districts of Uganda, the study showed that coffee yield remained the …

GM wheat is coming

January 1st, 2016 / High Plains Journal, US

Regulatory approval of modified wheat could be politically influenced in the decade ahead. Liberal governments in rich countries make strange decisions. If population grows as predicted in the developing world there will be both need and demand. There is no guarantee the first genetically modified wheat will come from the …

Achieving a yield revolution in major food

January 1st, 2016 / Business Today, India

World renowned geneticist M.S.Swaminathan says “new frontiers of the mind and technology are before us, and if they are pioneered with the same vision, boldness and drive with which the battle against food shortage was fought through the green revolution, we can achieve the goal of zero-hunger sooner than generally …

World Bank: top agriculture stories of 2015

January 1st, 2016 / World Bank

Many of the world’s greatest challenges – climate change, poverty, natural resource depletion, and hunger – intersect on the fields of the world’s farmers. These global challenges provide the backdrop to our top agriculture stories of 2015. Read …

West Africa: Using SMS Texts to Provide Weather Forecasts for Small Farmers

December 23rd, 2015 / AllAfrica.com

Ignitia, a high-tech social enterprise, has joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA) with a commitment to deliver reliable, targeted, low-cost tropical weather forecasts via text messages to 1.2 million small-scale farmers in West Africa by the end of 2017. BCtA is a global initiative that encourages companies to fight …

Zambia: bio-refinery welcome development

December 23rd, 2015 / AllAfrica.com

Editorial: the construction of Zambia’s first bio-refinery to cater for 20 per cent of the country’s petroleum requirements has come at the right time when the country is in dire need of cheaper energy to propel its economy. Read …

“Great Green Wall” to beat back the Sahara

December 23rd, 2015 / Quartz Africa

Eleven African countries are moving ahead with an ambitious pan-African effort in the Sahel-Saharan region of the continent to protect arable land from the encroaching Sahara desert—by planting trees. The countries — Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, Chad, Niger, Nigeria, Mali, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, and Senegal —came together in 2007 to …

Orange-flesh sweet potato solution to Vitamin A deficiency

December 22nd, 2015 / AllAfrica.com

A number of African countries have launched campaigns to increase consumption of orange-flesh sweet potatoes in order to combat malnutrition.Vitamin A deficiency is a leading cause of preventable childhood blindness and mortality from infections, especially in children and pregnant women. It affects the poorest segments of the population, particularly those …

The 2015 GMO debate: science eclipses anti-biotech hysteria

December 21st, 2015 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

The emergence of CRISPR – most scientists believe this gene-editing technique is a game-changer and the media coverage has been favorable. This technology is on a collision course with the food movement since CRISPR has the potential to address many of its concerns, from food safety to animal welfare. As …

Paris Climate Agreement unlocks opportunities for food and farming

December 21st, 2015 / Global Forum on Agricultural Research

COP21 opened the door for more adaptation and mitigation in the agriculture sector – will the agriculture community march in? New analysis from the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS ) Read …