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Universities join efforts to combat climate change in East Africa

May 4th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow, Lominda Afedraru reports on a collaborative project was developed to address national and regional challenges posed by climate change. It is managed at Makerere University’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. It involves Norwegian University of Life Sciences and Technology, Addis Ababa University and University of Juba. …

Africa: New Global Crop Data Aid in Food Policy Decisions

May 4th, 2015 / AllAfrica.com

Knowing where in the world individual crops are cultivated, their production patterns, and whether they are irrigated or rain fed are essential components for ensuring adequate, sustainable food production and safeguarding food security. Yet this critical data is often inadequate or non-existent, leaving policymakers unable to formulate the best policies …

GMOs could save banana industry but could consumers accept it?

May 4th, 2015 / Genetic Literacy Project

The international banana industry only has itself to blame for its vulnerability to panama disease, and faces annihilation if the fungus continues to spread, according to an expert on global banana production.The banana industry is a monoculture, focussing primarily on the growth and trade of the Cavendish banana. Read …

African Union banks on ST&I to fast-track development

May 2nd, 2015 / SciDevNet, UK

Africa is determined to integrate science and technology into efforts to fast-track the continent’s development, says African Union (AU) chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Read …

Modern Agric Biotech: Lessons From Brazil For Africa

May 1st, 2015 / Newsdiaryonline

Journalists, farmers, scientists, biosafety regulators and agribusiness companies from Argentina, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Uganda and the US gathered in Brazil in March, 2015 for the Biotechnology and Science Communication Confidence Building Project. It was meant to enable African countries learn about and improve their food security strategies …

Will Ethiopia’s teff be the next super grain?

May 1st, 2015 / BBC, UK

Ethiopians have been growing and obsessing about teff for millennia, and it may become the new “super grain” of choice in Europe and North America, overtaking the likes of quinoa and spelt. High in protein and calcium, and gluten-free, teff is already growing in popularity on the international stage. Read …

Agriculture: Increase water harvesting in Africa

May 1st, 2015 / Nature, UK

Ensuring that the world’s food needs are met by 2050 will take a doubling of global food production1. To improve agricultural yields on that scale will require a radical rethink of global water-management strategies and policies. Sub-Saharan Africa is the epicentre of this challenge. Read …

The role of research in global food and nutrition security

March 28th, 2015 / European Union

A “think piece” suggesting a strategy to address the challenges spanning the production of, access to, and consumption of food. The paper does not make recommendations for policy, rather it aims to prompt discussion of where research and innovation can contribute most to solving the issues, including providing underpinning …

Why are more African countries accepting genetically modified food?

March 28th, 2015 / AFK Insider

According to the UN conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) 2010 report, Africa’s capacity to provide food has declined by one-fifth over the past 40 years. This has been proposed as a reason why the continent should adopt genetically engineered crops. Read …

Scientists have engineered the food that will help save a starving, warming planet

March 27th, 2015 / Quartz

Since the foundation of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture’s (CIAT) in 1967 it has had extraordinary success: bean varieties developed at the centre now feed up to 30 million people in Africa. But as the planet warms, time is running out to develop new cultivars that can cope …