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Soil – the forgotten resource, Infographic

May 25th, 2015 / FAO, Italy

Soils host a quarter of our planet’s biodiversity. Soil is one of nature’s most complex ecosystems: it contains a myriad of organisms that interact and contribute to the global cycles that make all life possible Read …

AfDB invests N14 billion in African agriculture

May 25th, 2015 / Premium Times, Nigeria

The African Development Bank, AfDB, said it has invested N14.78 billion (N2.91 trillion) in the agriculture sector of its Regional Member Countries (RMC) in 46 years to grow their economy. About 1.5 million people had access to improved technology and some 600 production and marketing facilities were constructed. Read …

Genetic engineering is just a tool

May 25th, 2015 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

“Genetic engineering is just a tool and in itself is neither good or bad, says Iida Ruishalme” Read …

Saving coffee from extinction

May 24th, 2015 / BBC.co.uk

“Richer countries buy it, roast it and drink it, but have not paid for the agronomy. Only now is the industry waking up and seeing the need for it. The coffee industry has realised no-one else is doing it – it’s going to have to be us,” says Dr …

Reliance on trade makes food systems vulnerable

May 24th, 2015 / SciDec.net

Boosting international trade may not be the best way to improve food security, as it makes many countries vulnerable to food shortages caused by market fluctuations, according to new research. Read …

Debating GMOs

May 24th, 2015 / MagicValley.com

“The anti-GMO movement has been more successful in undermining science than the anti-climate changers or the anti-vaccinators,” says Mark Lynas, GMO supporter Read …

African countries urged to embrace smart agriculture

May 23rd, 2015 / Zambia Daily Mail

African countries must embrace climate smart agriculture practices if the continent is to attain food security and nutrition in the face of climate change, says New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) Director of Programmes Estherine Fotabong. Read …

Disease and flood tolerant rice

May 23rd, 2015 / National Geographic, US

Plant pathologist and geneticist at the University of California, Davis, Pamela Ronald’s lab has isolated genes from rice that can resist diseases and tolerate floods. When those genes are inserted into existing rice plants, they help farmers grow high-yield harvests in places where the crop is a vulnerable staple. …

The GMO that could feed 1 billion people: C4 rice explained

May 22nd, 2015 / International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)

VIDEO: C4 rice (http://c4rice.irri.org) is a genetically modified crop projected to save one billion people by 2025. It’ll give us up to 50% more rice “for free” – much more rice will be grown, for the people who most need it, without any extra resources being used up. Read …

School farm, where they start young

May 22nd, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Loninda Afedraru reports: “It always thought that it is the older people in mostly rural areas that engage in any agriculture, and that the youths are more interested in anything but the farm. But this may be a misconception. Ask the girls at Gayaza High School who are …