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GMOs: Give farmers a chance to speak out

March 5th, 2018 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

Emma Naluyima writes:
What to strive for. As a farmer, therefore, all I look for in any given technology, is whether it can solve current challenges I am facing or suiting the needs of the market I am targeting. If a GMO has a certain characteristic that can solve a challenge …

The world needs to live up to promises made on biodiversity. Here’s how

March 5th, 2018 / World Economc Forum, Switzerland

Cristiana Pasca Palmer, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity writes:
The signs that we are damaging the planet are everywhere. Denuded forests empty of animals, plastic pollution clogging the oceans, and fewer bees to pollinate our crops, are all testament to the failure of our model of production and consumption to …

Data can help to end malnutrition across Africa

March 5th, 2018 / Nature, UK

Kofi Annan writes:
In 2000, the United Nations hosted the largest gathering of political leaders ever held. At that meeting, all 189 UN member states, plus leading development institutions, committed to the Millennium Development Goals, a set of eight ambitious goals for lifting more than one billion people worldwide out of …

Misery for farmers as coffee trees wilt

March 5th, 2018 / Sunrise, Uganda

By B4FA Fellow Henry Lutaaya
In September last year, Godfrey Ssekankya, a prominent coffee farmer from Miseebe, Bulera sub-county Mityana District, had high hopes of getting a good yield from his coffee farm come round this harvest season starting April. The sense of optimism arose from the heavy flowering he witnessed, …

Planting for food, jobs will fail if…

March 2nd, 2018 / My Joy Online, Ghana

As the government works to implement its flagship program, Planting for Food and Jobs, a soil science and water engineering expert at the University of Cape Coast is cautioning government that the policy could fail should irrigation farming and the creation of dams be ignored.
According to Prof. Livingstone Sam …

The determinants of crop yields in Uganda: what is the role of climatic and non-climatic factors?

March 2nd, 2018 / Agriculture & Food Security

Background: It is widely accepted that crop yields will be affected by climate change. However, the role played by climate in affecting crop yields vis-a-vis non-climatic stresses, is often unclear, limiting decision choices around efforts to promote increased production in light of multiple stresses.
Results: This study quantifies the role of …

A tiny beetle and its deadly fungus is threatening South Africa’s trees

March 2nd, 2018 / The Conversation

Sandton is Johannesburg’s economic hub – home to numerous companies’ headquarters and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. And now it has a new, unwelcome resident: a tiny beetle that could lay waste to several tree species found in the suburb and potentially the wider Johannesburg area. This is particularly concerning, as …

Innovative soil scanner supports young Kenyan agropreneurs

March 1st, 2018 / International Fertilizer Association

It’s difficult being a farmer today. Not only are they getting older, but they also have to grow more food on existing farmland to feed the world’s growing population.
One foundation believes that introducing innovative technology can solve both problems by attracting young people to agriculture while providing farmers with the …

Youth-led research highlights key challenges facing young people developing and adopting agricultural technology

March 1st, 2018 / Pan-African Visions

Young African innovators are taking charge of their future and designing innovative agricultural technologies despite lacking access to finance, innovation hubs, and information according to a new report released by the Mastercard Foundation Youth Think Tank. At a launch organized by Restless Development in partnership with the Foundation, 14 youth …

How to put the youth back in agriculture

March 1st, 2018 / BizCommunity, South Africa

Misconceptions about working in agriculture have long bogged down the number of young people opting for a career in this industry. Africa’s young population is often discouraged by the image of punishing work and poor, weather-beaten farmers, so attracting youth to agriculture is no small feat. However, new technologies, methods …