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Scientists close to finding MLN resistant seeds

July 21st, 2015 / Farmbiz Africa

Scientists are on verge of finding a Maize lethal necrosis (MNL) resistant seed, a move that will see Kenya save 10 per cent of national maize production per year lost to the deadly virus that first surfaced in Kenya in 2011 according to the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center …

The full truth about the anti-GMO campaign

July 20th, 2015 / The Innovation Files, US

One at a time, courageous journalists have followed the data, interrogated their presuppositions, and begun to pull back the many layers of curtains to illuminate the true intentions driving the global campaign against modern innovations in agriculture, aka “GMOs.”  Read …

Supporting smallholder farmers in climate change mitigation

July 20th, 2015 / IFAD, Italy

This report argues that helping farmers adapt to the impacts of climate change can also significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The study finds that mitigation could be another benefit of adaptation activities. It examines portfolio of projects focused on making smallholder agriculture more resilient to climate change.  Read …

Lack of funds hurts Tanzania’s biotech centre

July 20th, 2015 / OnIslam.net

Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) Director for Information and Documentation Dr. Nicholas Nyange says that although Tanzania has experts in the agricultural sector with sufficient knowledge and methods, a lack of adequate financial resources impedes investment in research and innovation. Read …

Nigeria: tomato pests attack; experts say it is tuta absoluta

July 17th, 2015 / Daily Trust, Nigeria

Stakeholders in the agricultural sector have taken steps in order to save the destruction of tomatoes by ravaging disease in recent times. It was discovered that the disease, known as Tuta Absoluta, has the ability to destroy a whole tomato farm within 48 hours. Read …

GM may be needed to save the popular and nutritionally important Cavendish banana

July 17th, 2015 / Good Magazine, US

It may be a bitter pill to swallow for some, given society’s disdain for GMOs. But to preserve the Cavendish, the banana at large, and the millions of lives and livelihoods they are tied to it, as a society we might just have to learn to accept a genetically modified …

African agriculture needs more of the green stuff

July 17th, 2015 / Guardian, UK

With Africa’s food needs set to triple by 2050, the head of the Alliance for the Green Revolution in Africa is calling for greater investment in farmers. As she prepared to travel to Ethiopia to participate in the UN summit on financing for development, Dr Agnes Kalibata said climate change …

Tanzania: fruit & veg industry to curb unemployment

July 16th, 2015 / Tanzania Daily News

As a solution to unemployment, alongside proper processing and storage of fishing and farm products, the government last year decided to establish the ‘Zanzibar Technology and Business Incubator (ZTBI)’ centre. The mission of ZTBI is to stimulate new business development and growth of enterprises into successful well structures and full …

SA’s GM maize: what you should know

July 16th, 2015 / Daily Maverick, South Africa

Between 70% and 80% of maize consumed in South Africa is genetically modified, and ours is the only country in the world whose staple is primarily GMO. So what? Three decades after its adoption, GM maize remains contentious. Read …

Boost to cassava production in Nigeria

July 16th, 2015 / This Day, Nigeria

A Corporate Social Responsibility initiative of the British America Tobacco Foundation (BATF) aimed at encouraging Nigerian farmers is yielding results in Oyo State. Beyond tobacco, which is the primary raw material of the BAT, the company’s decision to support the production of other cash crops is already making impact on …