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New paradigms for achieving food security in Africa

July 30th, 2015 / Agriculture for Impact

Agriculture for Impact, a new Sustainable Intensification database aims to explain the ecological, socio-economic and genetic approaches that together contribute to the Sustainable Intensification of agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa in an easily accessible way, illustrated by more than 80 case studies.  Read …

New GMO Maize Ready for Kenya

July 30th, 2015 / The Star, Kenya

Scientists are lobbying for approval to commercialise a genetically modified maize variety. “Globally, Bt maize has been proven to effectively control stem borer and improve maize grain yield and quality due to reduced pest damage,” said Eliud Kireger, the director general of the Kenya Agricultural Livestock and Research Organisation  Read …

Nutrition professionals need to enter conversation on GMOs

July 27th, 2015 / Nutrevolve, UK

Discussion of how we can leverage genetic engineering for better health, nutrition and research and suggests nutrition professionals should get more interested in this technology, and encourage a political/regulatory system (and more importantly, a public) that allows for the tools of genetic engineering to be applied to our food, beyond …

Climate-smart companion cropping lets African farmers increase yields

July 27th, 2015 / Rothamsted Research, UK

Rothamsted scientists, in partnership with icipe, have developed a climate-smart push-pull companion cropping system which allows smallholder African farmers to sustainably increase their agricultural production.  Read …

Ghana to overhaul agric with digital technology

July 24th, 2015 / Graphic Online, Ghana

Plans are underway to overhaul agriculture through the application of digital technology, President John Dramani Mahama has said. With over 31 million mobile line subscribers in Ghana, he said the government was poised to apply mobile phone technology to reach out to farmers with new ideas, to improve production and …

Makerere University sets up climate centre

July 22nd, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru reports on the establishment of a new centre, Climate Change Research and Innovations (Muccri), at one of Africa’s leading academic institutions, Makerere University.“The college is capable of building students’ capacity to reach out to farming communities affected by climate change. Mucrri intends to be the centre …

Feeding 9 Billion

July 22nd, 2015 / B4FA

An authoritative but straightforward introduction to the scientific, social, environmental, political and legal issues involved in growing and bringing to market crops developed using new genetic technologies – crops which may well contribute to alleviating global hunger, especially in emerging economies. The primary focus is on genetic modification, where these …

Supporting smallholder farmers in climate change mitigation

July 20th, 2015 / IFAD, Italy

This report argues that helping farmers adapt to the impacts of climate change can also significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The study finds that mitigation could be another benefit of adaptation activities. It examines portfolio of projects focused on making smallholder agriculture more resilient to climate change.  Read …

African agriculture needs more of the green stuff

July 17th, 2015 / Guardian, UK

With Africa’s food needs set to triple by 2050, the head of the Alliance for the Green Revolution in Africa is calling for greater investment in farmers. As she prepared to travel to Ethiopia to participate in the UN summit on financing for development, Dr Agnes Kalibata said climate change …

Drought raises fears that Africa could go to bed hungry

July 15th, 2015 / Mail and Guardian, Kenya

The World Economic Forum identifies food crises one of the biggest risks facing Africa in 2015, that governments haven’t paid enough attention to. Respondents were asked to select three global risks that they think their region is least prepared for, and food crises was ranked in second place, after unemployment …