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African countries urged to embrace smart agriculture

May 23rd, 2015 / Zambia Daily Mail

African countries must embrace climate smart agriculture practices if the continent is to attain food security and nutrition in the face of climate change, says New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) Director of Programmes Estherine Fotabong. Read …

Understanding cassava brown streak

May 19th, 2015 / FarmBiz Africa

Cassava brown streak disease is a devastating disease that is hampering cassava yield in most African countries especially in East Africa. In some cases, the disease exposes farmers to 100 per cent loss. While some varieties can show symptoms on leaves, stems and roots, others may only show symptoms …

Climate change hitting African farmers hardest

May 18th, 2015 / SBS, Australia

Climate change is affecting all regions of the globe, with some places, such as Africa, more vulnerable its devastating effects than others due to their very high dependency on agriculture. But mitigation efforts could really help alleviate the impacts. Read …

Coffee farmers on climate front line

May 15th, 2015 / SciDevNet, UK

An estimated 70 per cent of the world’s coffee production comes from small-scale producers in an industry with some 25 million growers. But as climate change hits, many of them could lose their livelihoods as they simply cannot move their production to higher, cooler land. Read more
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Genetically-Modified Cattle May Help Reshape African Farms

May 7th, 2015 / National Geographic, US

With one gene, molecular geneticist Steve Kemp may someday be able to boost the success of small farms across a huge swath of central Africa. The gene is from a baboon, and it’s important because it produces a protein that kills a diabolical protozoan called Trypanosoma brucei. Trypanosoma brucei causes …

Breeding projects aim to help African poultry farmers

May 7th, 2015 / African Farming

A series of projects have been launched across Africa to provide poultry farmers in the continent with better-adapted chickens. The African Chicken Genetic Gains programme aims to support productivity growth, increase household animal protein intake, reduce poverty and empower female farmers, all by improving the genetics of the chicken varieties …

Research: Africa’s fight for equality

May 7th, 2015 / Nature, UK

In a 2014 ruling on a lawsuit lodged against the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), the Nairobi Industrial Court agreed that six Kenyan doctors in an international research partnership had been systematically passed over for promotion and training, whereas their European colleagues had flourished. Collaborations have proliferated in recent decades …

Is Food Security Prompting a New Race for Africa?

May 5th, 2015 / International Policy Digest

The 2008 financial crisis demonstrated the consequences of rising fuel and food prices. In particular, developed and emerging market countries with sparse arable land have become acutely aware of their vulnerability to food security, all the more so in the face of climate change. Moreover, foreign corporations have discovered the …

Can Seed Technology Bring Africa Food Security By 2030?

May 5th, 2015 / AFK Insider

Africa’s seed industry is complex and can be inefficient, with most farmers using the same seeds they have been planting for generations, unlike farmers in the West who use seeds that have been improved to resist drought or disease. Read …

African food demand to rise 60 per cent by 2030

May 4th, 2015 / African Farming

Demand for food in sub-Saharan Africa will rise by 60 per cent by 2030, according to the World Bank. A report by the group, entitled ‘Ending Poverty and Hunger by 2030: An Agenda for the Global Food System’ called for pre-emptive action from governments across the continent to increase agricultural …