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Can gene editing provide a solution to global hunger?

July 6th, 2015 / The Conversation

Gene editing is a promising technique to help increase nutrients in crops or make them more resilient. However, there remain uncertainties about the impact of gene-edited organisms on the environment and health. Research is currently under way to improve these techniques, reduce the frequency of unwanted mutations and improve safety. …

Anti-poverty pioneer Sir Fazle Hasan Abed wins 2015 World Food Prize

July 6th, 2015 / BBC

The founding chairman of a leading rural development and anti-poverty organisation, based in Bangladesh, has won the 2015 World Food Prize. Sir Fazle Hasan Abed established Brac in 1972, which has since helped nearly 150 million people out of poverty. The judging panel recognised his lifetime commitment to empowering women …

Ghana: Players in seed industry form association

July 3rd, 2015 / NewsGhana

The Seed Trade Association of Ghana (STAG) has been formally launched to promote the interest of its members. Its operations include the supply, production, processing, distribution and marketing of improved seeds of assorted cereals, legumes, vegetables, root and tuber varieties. The organization forges strong partnerships with the public sector to deliver …

Yaya Toure: “Africa needs to invest in its youth, education and agriculture

July 3rd, 2015 / Nyasa Times, Malawi

Ivorean footballer Yaya Toure calls for African leaders to invest in youth, agriculture and education in order to alleviate hunger and eradicate poverty. “For [youth] to be the fuel for global progress they themselves need fuel: for their stomachs, and their minds.” Read …

African nations pledge greater women’s involvement in agriculture programs

July 3rd, 2015 / NewsGhana

Policymakers and gender specialists from sub-Saharan Africa say that governments have prioritised enactment of new policies and laws to promote women’s involvement in agriculture value chains. African leaders have pledged support towards policy and financing incentives that enhance women’s participation in farming, and sub-Saharan African countries have agreed to achieve …

Rwanda: Farmers urged to consider deploying insects against maize stem borer pests

July 2nd, 2015 / AllAfrica.com

Agricultural scientists are calling for more research and investment in the use of parasitoid species, aptly referred to as ‘natural enemies’, to control pests in sub-Saharan Africa. They are observing the efficacy of various natural enemies such as cotesia flavipes and cotesia sesamiae (both types of wasp larvae) and certain types …

Agriculture boot camp for Miss Uganda contestants increases awareness of ag technologies

July 2nd, 2015 / ISAAA

In a bid to promote agriculture and increase awareness of modern agricultural technologies, Miss Uganda beauty queen contestants were introduced to the field management of key crops, including cereals, legumes, root crops, and fruits. They were also introduced to crop improvement techniques, including biotechnology. The outgoing Miss Uganda 2014/15 Leah …

Negotiating hunger: agriculture and the UN climate talks

July 2nd, 2015 / Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food, Oxford

The current generation of farmers (and consumers) face two stark realities: the need to produce 70 percent more food to feed a growing population of 9 billion by the year 2050, and the need to do so in climatic conditions never before faced. Therefore, agriculture’s evolving role in current UNFCCC …

Tanzania Dep. Min. for Agri advocates biotech

July 1st, 2015 / Crop Biotech Update, ISAAA

Tanzania’s Assistant Minister for Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, Mr. Godfrey Zambi, said that Tanzania cannot afford to ignore the benefits of biotechnology in developing various sectors of the economy, especially in agriculture. He said this during the launch of the ISAAA Brief 49: Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops …

Uganda: linking farmers to agro input dealers

July 1st, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

Farmers in Uganda hardly use inputs like fertilisers though using them would boost production. B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru examines the issue from various perspectives. Read …