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Ban on GMOs in Kenya to be lifted says Ruto

August 12th, 2015 / Daily Nation, Kenya

The Kenyan government will lift the ban on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in two months, Deputy President William Ruto has said today. Mr Ruto added “various government ministries, departments and agencies concerned with biotechnology have already consulted and agreed on the necessary regulations and safety measures to be adhered to …

Relating beauty to agriculture

August 12th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali reports: Conventionally, beautiful young women tend to be associated with white collar jobs and not with strenuous work in gardens. However the organisers of the 2015/2016 Miss Uganda contest did the unusual and yet most appropriate thing when they related it to farming. We were treated …

New project to help cocoa farmers tackle climate change

August 11th, 2015 / SciDev.net

B4FA Fellow Samuel Hinneh reports on a project based on applied climate science has been launched to help cocoa farmers in Ghana adapt to the effects of climate change. The project, which targets cocoa-based farming systems in Ghana, leverages existing value chain interventions and will translate climate science into actionable …

Kenya: New hope for mango farmers as destructive bug meets its foe

August 11th, 2015 / The Star, Kenya

The fruit fly, a pest that has plagued mango farmers for years, has an unlikely foe – its own species. A new technology uses the pest as a host to a fungus that ensures the fruit fly’s own destruction. See …

Africa’s historic moment: pan-African food security

August 11th, 2015 / International Policy Digest

Agriculture can potentially ensure inclusive and sustainable growth on the continent of Africa if its value chain is optimized holistically. It can create jobs for many of the 17 million youth entering the job market annually while simultaneously feeding Africa. See …

Vodafone powers Ugandan farmers

August 10th, 2015 / East African Business Week

More use of ICT could help ease some of the most pressing problems associated with commercialising agriculture in Uganda. During the ‘Vodafone power talks’ that took place a few days ago, farmers and ICT experts came together to discuss how they can use ICT to enhance agriculture production. See …

GMO technologies and the realities

August 10th, 2015 / Swarajya, India

The decision makers need to dispassionately study the GMO technology. They need to take the lead in standing up to the anti-science activists and sift the wheat from the chaff. See …

Video: Management of weeds in rice

August 10th, 2015 / Youtube.com

B4FA Fellow Noah Nash talks to weed scientist at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and the Savannah Agricultural Research Institute(CSIR-SARI) Michael Mawunya, who explains that proper land preparation is critical in weed management of rice fields. See …

The next generation of billionaires from Africa will be farmers

August 7th, 2015 / Farmbiz Africa

Akinwumi Adesina, a Nigerian Minister believes that farming will soon be producing more millionaires and billionaires than any other sector in Africa. And succesful businessman, lawyer and parliamentary aspirant Victor Ogeto Swanya, adds that “once Kenyans begin embracing modern methods of farming, then they will realize that there is a …

A message to climate negotiators: Don’t forget farmers

August 7th, 2015 / SciDev.net

“In Africa, climate change is expected to lower crop yields by at least five per cent with two degrees Celsius warming, and by about 15 per cent if it increases to 2.5 degrees Celsius,” says James Kinyangi, CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security, “but a global …