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Researchers move to contain cassava disease in West Africa

July 18th, 2018 / Today, Nigeria

Researchers in West Africa have stepped up efforts contain a viral disease that could wreck the region’s staple food and condemn millions to hunger.  The West African Virus Epidemiology (WAVE) project, a multi-million-dollar scheme funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, aims to shield the region from the advancing …

Crispr can speed up nature – and change how we grow food

July 18th, 2018 / Wired

It took thousands of years for humans to breed a pea-sized fruit into a beautiful beefsteak tomato. Now, with gene editing, scientists can change everything. Read …

Ethiopia: Researchers find increased yields in wheat farms using ‘certified seeds’

July 17th, 2018 / AllAfrica

Researchers with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) reported that smallholder farmers were able to witness a 14 percent yield increase in wheat production by applying certified seeds and technologies that could help farmers increase yield. Read …

Togo conducts the pilot stage of AfDB pan-African manioc development project

July 17th, 2018 / Togo First

Togo will receive technical support from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) under the African Agricultural Transformation Technologies (AATT) initiative. The latter is part of the “Feeding Africa” strategy. In this framework, Togo welcomed a delegation of the institute based in Abuja, which works with partners to improve crop quality and …

How climate change impacts the concentration of key nutrients in crops

July 17th, 2018 / CGIAR

On average, people around the world receive most of their nutrition from plants, including 63 percent of total dietary protein, 68 percent of zinc, and 81 percent of iron. Because so many people in the world get their nutrition from plants, and because plants are uniquely affected by higher CO2 concentrations, it is …

Grow more food and mitigate climate change? Agricultural soil data could help

July 16th, 2018 / CGIAR

Soils are a complex matrix wherein many biogeochemical processes occur, storing and cycling nutrients like carbon and nitrogen, and providing the foundation for plant growth – ultimately supplying much of the world’s food. Meanwhile, agricultural soils also emit greenhouse gases (GHG) into the atmosphere. A more comprehensive understanding of agricultural …

Kenyan farmer: On cusp of a biotech revolution, Africa faces resistance from Europe and activists

July 16th, 2018 / Genetic Literacy Project

Kenya and much of Africa have been denied the tools of modern crop technology available in more industrialized countries mostly because of political opposition, often linked to European activists. GMOs developed or in the pipeline to contain diseases like armyworm and climate change related challenges such as drought and flooding, but …

How Chinese millet gives Ugandan farmers hope

July 16th, 2018 / Observer, Uganda

A Chinese company with a farm in Luweero district has been involved in reproduction of foxtail millet seeds and distributing it to farmers. The new crop varieties have shown quick results. Improved food crops, for instance, have increased crop yields and enhanced farmers’ incomes. Such crops and technology transfer, once …

Uganda’s soils undergoing last key changes, says soil scientist

July 13th, 2018 / Daily Monitor

A cross-section of scientists believe that Uganda’s fields have already entered the final stages of weathering. This means that the soils fertility of the land is not the same anymore. The situation has been worsened by bad farming practices, swamp degradation and over working the land among other factors. This …

Reviving bananas with indigenous wisdom

July 13th, 2018 / SIANI

Monoculture of Cavendish bananas has taken over most of Costa Rica, but there is a rising awareness that Tropical Race 4 is spreading in Africa and Southeast Asia. In 2014 FAO urged to step up global efforts in monitoring, reporting and prevention of the Panama Disease. Meanwhile, promoting indigenous underutilized …