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Uganda: adapting to climate change, a toolkit for farmers

June 11th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

Farmers are set to benefit from a tool kit on how to mitigate effects of—and adapt to—climate change. The aim is to empower planners and farmers in three pilot districts—Mbarara, Wakiso and Lira—in implementing agricultural practices that respond appropriately. Read …

Mapping the world’s seeds

June 11th, 2015 / Sustainable Food Trust, UK

Seed Map is a collaborative online portal between USC Canada and the ETC Group on seeds, biodiversity and food. Aimed at practitioners, activists, researchers, teachers, students and all interested citizens, its interactive map allows users to explore over 400 case studies of where our food comes from, the challenges facing …

Nigeria: providing the world with better quality food and produce

June 11th, 2015 / This Day Live, Nigeria

“With the appropriately trained technical and vocational education training (TVET) specialists manning our most critical sectors of agriculture, Nigeria can use biotechnology to the best advantage, providing the world with better quality food and produce, ramping-up its industrial production of agro-allied products, managing its waste by converting them into useful …

Tanzania: financial constraints impede research

June 10th, 2015 / Daily News, Tanzania

Lack of adequate financial resources impedes good research despite Tanzania having well educated agricultural experts. “For any nation to move forward, it must invest in research, this is what we need to do,” said Acting Chairperson of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Mr Aliko Kibona, noting  that researchers are working …

Africa deepens FAO ties to increase food security

June 10th, 2015 / FAO, Rome

The African Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and FAO are deepening their ties to bolster national capacities to cope with climate change, enhance food security and support sustainable food production. Projects to harness private-sector support in building efficient and inclusive agricultural value chains and helping smallholder farmers …

Ugandan Coffee farmers acquire new wilt resistant varieties

June 10th, 2015 / Farmbiz Africa

Ugandans are set to benefit from a line of new coffee varieties that are resistant to the rampant coffee wilt disease that has wiped out more than 15 million coffee trees. The new coffee varieties which have been bred at the country’s National Coffee Research Institute is expected to …

Forget uncultivated land – Africa must produce more on existing farms

June 9th, 2015 / How we made it in Africa

“Yes, Africa is home to about 60% of all available uncultivated agricultural land. But that is not the issue. To me that is Africa’s strategic reserve… and we don’t even have to touch it,” says Kanayo Nwanze, president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). What it needs …

GhanaVeg to train specialist private extension officers

June 9th, 2015 / YouTube

A video report from B4FA Fellow Noah Nash. The Senior Business Advisor and the Deputy Programs Leader for GhanaVeg, Madam Sheila Assebey-Yeboah said there is need to promote and train specialist private extension officers for the vegetable sector to support farmers with best agronomic practices so that the vegetable …

Video: GM food – cultivating fear?

June 9th, 2015 / BBC TV, UK

A BBC Panorama investigation (30 mins). A new generation of GM foods is winning over governments and former critics of the technology, and scientists say the crops could help feed people in the developing world. So are those who oppose GM doing more harm than good? And is their …

Nigeria’s sugarcane bio-factory producing disease-free seedlings

June 8th, 2015 / African Farming, UK

Production has begun at Nigeria’s first sugarcane bio-factory in the city of Zaria at Kaduna state. The facility, which will have the capacity to produce one million sugarcane seedlings per annum, was declared open by Nigerian trade minister Olusegun Aganga at Zaria’s Ahmadu Bello University in May 2015, saying …