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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 …

Fish farming now a big hit in Africa

August 7th, 2015 / IPS

The rising fish farming trend comes at a time when the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) has been on record as calling for initiatives such as fish farming to be replicated in order for Africa to harness the full potential of its fisheries in order to strengthen national economies, …

I have been growing mushrooms for 20 years

August 6th, 2015 / Daily Monitor

Asenath Byaruhanga tells B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru about mushroom growing, how she tried a number of businesses before she settled for mushroom growing, how the business has grown and now involves her whole family.  See …

Superior seeds, better farming practices make Lwanga a millionaire

August 6th, 2015 / The Sunrise

B4FA Fellow Henry Lutaaya reports: Lwanga’s name is almost synonymous with success in modern agriculture across the sub-county and perhaps the entire district of Lwengo. His ten-acre garden stands out in stark contrast with his neighbours’, thanks in great part to his appreciation of the science of the use of …

Why Africa offers growing opportunities for agricultural products

August 6th, 2015 / The Conversation

The main drivers of demand for agricultural products are population growth, urbanisation, economic growth and changing diets. Population growth brings greater demand, urbanisation leads to more people buying food rather than producing their own, economic growth increases purchasing power while changing diets implies that people are opting for diverse, and …