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Ugandan scientists start developing aflatoxin-resistant groundnuts

April 21st, 2016 / Sunrise, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Henry Lutaaya reports: It is a busy afternoon at St. Balikuddembe market in down town Kampala. Karimojong girls are working like termites under a temporary shade to remove foreign matter such as stones from broken ground-nuts before their boss hands the stuff over for milling in a locally …

The next generation of GMO food is here, and it’s technically not a GMO

April 21st, 2016 / Business Insider, UK

In a letter released to the public on Monday, chemical giant DuPont Pioneer announced plans to market the first crop that uses a type of precise genetic modification called CRISPR-Cas9. DuPont is the fourth-largest chemical corporation in the world, and it wants to see the product — a hybrid type …

Biotechnology, Africa’s next frontier

April 20th, 2016 / Leadership, Nigeria

The former Tanzanian Minister of Agriculture, Food Security and Co-operatives, Hon. Adam Kigoma Malima, has described modern biotechnology as the next frontier Africa has to conquer in order to ensure food security. At a week-long Africa leadership course on strategic planning and grassroots organising by the Cornell Alliance for …

Food insecurity starves Africa of progress

April 19th, 2016 / The Star, Kenya

This year, following the unusually strong El Niño rains, coupled with record-high temperatures afterwards, the UN has warned that about 36 million people across southern and eastern Africa face hunger. Worst hit will be Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan. Hunger is a problem that won’t go away, not …

New alliance will help African agri-businesses

April 18th, 2016 / Cambridge News, UK

Africa’s agriculture sector presents vast opportunities for socioeconomic development. With a world population increasing by a further two billion by 2050, global food production must double. However, investment in sub-Saharan African remains a fraction of what is needed. One of the main obstacles has been the lack of reliable information …

Scientists develop technology to guide farmers on use of fertiliser

April 18th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru reports: Farmers in Uganda will have the benefit of calculating the amount of fertiliser to apply in a given acreage and the consequent economic benefits using a mobile phone application. Scientists at National Agricultural Research Laboratories (NARL) in Kawanda who designed the Uganda Fertiliser Optimisation Tool …

GM crops: African farmers planted 3.5m ha. in 2015

April 18th, 2016 / elkurebedotcom

The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) has said that during the last year, African farmers planted a total of 3.5 million hectares of Biotech/GM Crops. This was also during the 20th year of global GM crops commercialization. The Director of the Afri-Center of ISAAA, Dr. Margaret …

Food security and climate change: new frontiers in international security

April 18th, 2016 / Centra for American Progress

In 2010, President Barack Obama’s National Security Strategy, or NSS—the periodic planning document that assesses the risks facing the country and outlines the United States’ response—for the first time recognized climate change as a security threat. The document noted that, “The danger from climate change is real, urgent and severe,” …

Should Uganda replace all its coffee trees to improve yields?

April 18th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

Government should take radical steps to uproot over 90 per cent of existing coffee plantations, to replace them with newer higher-yielding varieties, if the industry is to be revamped to better incomes and bigger revenues from the globally-prized crop. Read …

Climate change, agriculture and biotechnology Part 1

April 18th, 2016 / Nigeria Today

Every year, nations come together to work out solutions to mitigating/adapting to the devastating effects of our changing climate. The issues of renewables are now at their loudest, no thanks to the devastating effects of climate change. Most obvious manifestation would be the change in weather conditions; many countries are …