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Orange sweet potato reduces diarrhea in African children

June 16th, 2015 / IFPRI, US

A new study has found that orange sweet potato (OSP) reduced both the prevalence and duration of diarrhea in young children in Mozambique. The OSP was conventionally bred to provide more vitamin A in the diet. In Africa, more than 40 percent of children aged under five are estimated to …

Web portal provides open data on food and nutrition security

June 16th, 2015 / IFPRI, US

“The portal will host a broad set of open data related to food and nutrition security and early warning mechanisms, as well as opportunities for dialogue among policymakers, researchers, the private sector, and other stakeholders,” said Maximo Torero, Director of the Markets, Trade and Institutions Division at the International Food …

Kenya: fanya juu terraces restore soils, yields and optimism

June 15th, 2015 / Farmbiz Africa

Over 50,000 smallholder farmers in Eastern and Central Kenya are recording a more than doubling of yields and reduced soil erosion after embracing a soil conservation scheme that involves digging of trenches in hillside to trap runaway water and soil. The scheme christened fanya juu which is practiced in areas …

Ethiopia: 52 of 100 seed varieties get approval

June 15th, 2015 / Addis Fortune, Ethiopia

The National Seed Approval Committee approved only 52 of the over 100 seed varieties submitted to it by federal and regional research institutions following their research which took as long as 12 years. Thirty-four of the varieties were developed at federally controlled research centres, while the rest were developed by …

Tanzania: farmers lead campaign to revive coffee

June 15th, 2015 / Tanzania Daily News

For several years now, Tanzania Coffee Research Institute (TaCRI) has been working hard to support groups of farmers to introduce new improved coffee varieties that produce high yields within a short time. TaCRI says the new varieties are also resistant to diseases like Coffee Berry Diseases (CBD). Inter-cropping of the …

Increasing smallholder farmer production, nutrition, and income

June 14th, 2015 / The Ethiopian Herald

Increasing smallholder farmer production through the adoption of modern agricultural practices and technologies is a key to meeting productivity targets. The proper technologies can ameliorate the efficiency of seed and fertilizer use, as well as reduce labour time and post-harvest losses, as they increase grain quality and incomes.  Read …

Solving insect resistance to environmentally friendly farming

June 14th, 2015 / Bioscience Technology, US

After decades of effort, scientists are finally figuring out how insects develop resistance to environmentally friendly farming practices – such as crop rotation – that are designed to kill them. The researchers say their insights will help develop more sustainable agricultural practices.  Read …

Helping Ghanaian farmers – the Vodafone Farmers Club

June 14th, 2015 / Biztech Africa

Through the launch of its Farmers Club, Vodaphone Ghana is continuing its efforts to develop technology that helps farmers and transforms lives. Ghanaian farmers can now receive relevant crop and location-specific information in their own language through a bespoke SIM card.  Read …

Tanzania: stimulating entrepreneurship to boost income

June 13th, 2015 / Tanzania Daily News

The development of African food industry requires visionary entrepreneurs, that is why Africa Agribusiness Academy (AAA) sees the strengthening of entrepreneurship as key to successful agricultural growth and rural development. The Academy introduces a new approach that is driven by the private sector, bringing together a core group of successful …

Lessons from Brazil on biotech for Africa

June 13th, 2015 / Saturday Monitor, Uganda

Brazil presents a suitable example to learn from in adoption, processing and export of Genetically Modified (GM) crops and products. Uganda could emulate the Brazilian model of GM-crops consumption, growth and expansion—as it enacts a law to regulate GM-crops being developed by National Agricultural Research Organisation (Naro). Read …