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Heat tolerant beans fight climate change

April 29th, 2015 / Farmbiz Africa

Bean breeders have discovered 30 types of ‘heat beater beans’ that could keep production from crashing in large swaths of bean-dependent Latin America and Africa, in the wake of fears that global warming could zap a vital source of protein that has sustained humans for centuries. Read …

The GM crops debate: Campaigners for and against go head-to-head

March 28th, 2015 / The Independent, UK

One pro and one anti GM campaigner to go head to head on the issues to help readers make up their own minds. Claire Robinson of GMWatch (anti) and Mark Lynas, an author and pro GM technology, took up the challenge. Read …

The role of research in global food and nutrition security

March 28th, 2015 / European Union

A “think piece” suggesting a strategy to address the challenges spanning the production of, access to, and consumption of food. The paper does not make recommendations for policy, rather it aims to prompt discussion of where research and innovation can contribute most to solving the issues, including providing underpinning …

Why are more African countries accepting genetically modified food?

March 28th, 2015 / AFK Insider

According to the UN conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) 2010 report, Africa’s capacity to provide food has declined by one-fifth over the past 40 years. This has been proposed as a reason why the continent should adopt genetically engineered crops. Read …

Scientists have engineered the food that will help save a starving, warming planet

March 27th, 2015 / Quartz

Since the foundation of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture’s (CIAT) in 1967 it has had extraordinary success: bean varieties developed at the centre now feed up to 30 million people in Africa. But as the planet warms, time is running out to develop new cultivars that can cope …

Harnessing natural resources for inclusive growth

March 27th, 2015 / The International Growth Centre

Natural resources can support sustainable and inclusive growth in sub-Saharan Africa if key policy areas in the natural resource management chain are tackled and strong institutions are put in place. This brief presents a framework that can be a useful starting point for those interested in understanding the challenges related …

Farmer launches local fish feed to increase profit

March 27th, 2015 / Daily Trust, Nigeria

B4FA Fellow Ojoma Akor and Vincent A. Yusuf talk to Peter Ododa who is passionate about fish and poultry farming and uses his talent to locally manufacture fish feeds, using what he calls “local materials.” Ododa has now decided to commercialise his locally made feeds. Read …

Push for soil indicators to help monitor SDGs

March 27th, 2015 / SciDev.net

A group of land and soil specialists has proposed three indicators to measure land use and soil health that they say could help the UN monitor its future Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).The UN’s Millennium Development Goals, which expire this year, include one indicator referring directly to land use (the proportion …

Scientists and farmers recognise need for biotech in Ghana

March 27th, 2015 / Crop Biotech Update

The President of the Ghana National Association of Farmers and Fishermen, John Awuku said that farmers, especially small holder farmers, have recognized the important role that improved seeds and fertilizers play in increasing yield and income. He noted that Ghana needs a vigorous education campaign on GMO, plant breeding …

New seed index encourages competition in Africa

March 27th, 2015 / African Farming and Food Processing

A new index — African Seed Access Index (TASAI) — has been developed to measure seed development and distribution to African farmers. TASAI is the first initiative of its kind, issuing detailed scorecards on Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Read …