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AGRA project seeks to cut African farmers post-harvest losses

August 1st, 2016 / News Ghana

The project, implemented by the AGRA and funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) at a cost of US$ 2.155 million will support applied research to bring effective, field-tested innovations for reducing post-harvest loss of soybeans and cowpeas to thousands of smallholder farmers in Mozambique and Burkina Faso on …

Agricultural development also supports science, technology

July 29th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow, Michael Ssali writes: Today’s farmer has different challenges from those before the onset of climate change and eruption of crop diseases, which threaten to wipe out major food and cash crops.
We expect our leaders to be climate smart and to pay more attention to agricultural research and its …

Working to boost sorghum production

July 29th, 2016 / Ethiopian Herald

Ethiopia’s Institute National Sorghum Research Coordination Head Dr. Taye Taddesse said Ethiopia is working on sorghum development through research and providing fast maturing seeds and other technical support to farmers. Currently, 10 000 farmers in Tigray, Amhara, Oromia and SNNP states are benefiting from the Institute’s support.
He said the institute …

SDGs could boost citizen science in Africa

July 28th, 2016 / SciDev.net

The Sustainable Development Goals are a chance for Africa to give citizens a say in shaping local science activity and the innovations that follow from it. The explosion of science initiatives now taking place across the continent in the wake of the SDGs means local people need a say in …

GMO tomatoes may stay firm longer

July 27th, 2016 / Wall Street Journal, US

In an attempt to produce plump, tasty tomatoes with longer shelf lives, scientists have successfully tweaked a gene that slows how quickly the fruits soften without affecting their size or colour. See …

Africa’s economies are set to get a boost from tighter integration with or without Brexit

July 26th, 2016 / Quartz Africa

Calestous Juma and Francis Mangeni write: The African Union (AU) is holding its 27th summit in Kigali, Rwanda this week in the wake of the United Kingdom’s referendum decision to withdraw from the European Union. The outcome of last month’s referendum has sent seismic waves across Africa. Many observers have …

UN chief launches first report to track Sustainable Development Goals

July 25th, 2016 / UN.org

Launching the first-ever Sustainable Development Goals report on the new global development agenda adopted last year, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that the 15-year undertaking is “off to a good start” but will require all parts of the UN family and its partners to work together.
“We have embarked on a …

Ghana: Seven WACCI students graduate with PhDs in plant breeding

July 25th, 2016 / Ghana News Agency

The fight against food insecurity and malnutrition received a boost as seven students, from six African countries – Ghana,Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Cameroon, Kenya and Niger graduated with PhDs in plant breeding from WACCI at the University of Ghana. Professor Eric Yirenkyi Danquah, Director of WACCI, said the Centre was optimistic …

Harvestplus flays report on GMO vitamin A cassava & maize

July 22nd, 2016 / This Day, Nigeria

HarvestPlus Nigeria has dismissed as “false and misleading” reports that vitamin A enriched cassava and maize are developed from genetically modified organisms (GMOs), saying not only are the claims erroneous but couched to distract Nigerians from the target of consuming more nutritious staples. HarvestPlus is an international research-based institution developing …

Going to groundwater to transform African agriculture

July 22nd, 2016 / AllAfrica.com

Callist Tindimugaya argues that the water beneath Africans’ feet could transform the continent’s agricultural production, but only if it is managed wisely. See …