More in this section

In the news

Retaining forests benefits African farmers, new study finds

July 13th, 2018 / Global Landscapes Forum

The closer a farm is located to a forest, the better it performs in terms of livestock productivity and long-term soil sustainability, according to a recent study conducted in southern Ethiopia. Additionally, proximity to a forest increases the ability to deal with shocks and equality between households. The findings of the study …

Madagascan bananas may soon be extinct

July 12th, 2018 / CABI

A wild banana (Ensete perrieri) has been classified as Critically Endangered by the IUCN. These are only found in Madagascar, where there are just five mature trees left in the wild. In light of this, scientists are advocating its conservation as it may hold the secret to saving the Cavendish banana. …

Saving the seed: A bank that secures the future of agriculture

July 12th, 2018 / Mongabay

Stashed away in earthquake proof and environment-controlled vaults in south India are stockpiles of seeds of crops important to semi-arid tropics covering Asia, much of southern and eastern Africa, and Latin America. This fortified archive at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) headquarters at Patancheru near Hyderabad is …

Tanzania: device to fight cassava diseases launched

July 12th, 2018 / AllAfrica.com

A new tool to fight cassava diseases using an artificially intelligent machine has been launched.
Nuru, as the device is known, has been developed by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in collaboration with the Pennsylvania State University of the United States.
The machine, according to the institute’s official, can accurately …

Genome editing in agriculture: methods, applications, and governance

July 12th, 2018 / ISAAA, US

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) released an Issue Paper titled Genome Editing in Agriculture: Methods, Applications, and Governance. CAST explains that genome editing is a powerful new method that enables unprecedented control over genetic material and offers the opportunity to make rapid advances that influence agricultural practices. …

Will Africa embrace CRISPR gene editing and the next phase of the biotech revolution?

July 12th, 2018 / Genetic Literacy Project

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru writes:
Scientists around the world are increasingly turning to the promise of CRISPR gene editing to tackle any number of problems facing humanity.
These efforts may have started in the US, Europe and Asia, but they have since spread to African nations. South African scientists are exploring the …

GMOs are not dangerous

July 10th, 2018 / Modern Ghana

Former National President of the Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana Mohammed Adams Nasiru has dismissed concerns Genetically Modified Foods (GMO) are harmful to humans.
In a clear deviation from the position of the association he used to lead, Mr. Nasiru insisted GMOs don’t pose any danger to humans and no one …

Kenya, Uganda economies ride on agriculture to boost growth

July 10th, 2018 / The East African

Agriculture was the main driver for the Kenyan and Ugandan economies in the first three months of this year, expanding almost 10 per cent from 2017.
Kenya said its economy expanded by 5.7 per cent in the first three months of 2018, compared with 4.5 per cent over the same period …

Does your farm produce sufficient returns?

July 10th, 2018 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael asks:
The desire of every farmer should be to get the highest returns from the lowest cost investment. This is not to say that the farmer should not spend enough on inputs such as fertilizers or quality feeds.
Rather, we are talking about efficiency standards which clever farmers use …

How hot pepper brings cheer to farmers

July 9th, 2018 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow writes Lominda Afedraru:
It is 10am as we set off from Mbale District to catch up with youth group engaged in growing chilli (pepper) and eggplants located in Nakatende village in Budaka District.
Upon arrival in this village about three kilometres from Mbale town, we are received by Joseph Wambuzi …