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‘African farmers can benefit from hybrid seed’

August 9th, 2016 / Daily Mail, Zambia

Researchers say African farmers can benefit and attain sustainable agriculture if they use improved hybrid seed technologies. The researchers from DuPoint Pioneer and Mukushi Seeds disclosed that using hybrid seeds, along with agronomic improvements can help increase agriculture production of low yielding African soil to meet nutritional needs of an …

Uganda: new pigeon pea varieties receive positive response

August 6th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

Farmers in northern Uganda usually grow apena (pigeon peas) in their gardens. This is because this legume improves soil fertility by fixing nitrogen but soon farmers will find the new pigeon peas varieties with enhanced attributes. See …

Making tech available to smallholders to boost growth

August 6th, 2016 / SciDev.net

Agriculture is the backbone of Sub-Saharan Africa’s economy, with many countries depending on it heavily, a reason many development institutions are investing in the sector. This rhymes well with AU’s agriculture goals of shared prosperity and improved livelihoods to be attained by 2025 as stated in the Malabo Declaration on accelerated …

Zimbabwe: innovative use of fertilizers revives hope for Africa’s green revolution

August 6th, 2016 / Zimbabwe Star

With a Green Revolution, Africa would be following in the footsteps of Asia and Latin America, where effective policies, new farming methods, improved inputs and high-yield seed varieties have improved harvests and reduced poverty.
Although no country has met the target for 2015, Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, the African Union commissioner for …

How to achieve agro-industrialization in Africa

August 5th, 2016 / International Policy Digest

Achieving agro-industrialization cannot be a reality without factoring in climate change and healthy ecosystems. Climate change threatens to reduce crop yields by up to 40%, hence climate adaptation in agriculture is an imperative. On the other hand, healthy ecosystems are the foundation of long term productivity underpinning food production through …

Would greenhouse gas emissions increase dramatically if GMOs banned?

August 5th, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project

What would the impact be of a global ban on GMO foods? That’s exactly the question Wally Tyner, a professor at Purdue University, set out to answer recently. The results are probably not what you might expect. See …

Why young Africans are swapping the office for the farm

August 1st, 2016 / BBC, UK

Farming has an unglamorous image across Africa. But this might be changing – the BBC’s Sophie Ikenye met some young professionals who packed in their office jobs and moved back to the family farm. See …

Embrace biotech to boost agric production — Prof. Alhassan

August 1st, 2016 / Graphic Online, Ghana

The Director of Biotechnology and Stewardship for Sustainable Agriculture in West Africa (BSSA), Professor Walter Sandow Alhassan, has called on Ghanaians to embrace the use of biotechnology in agriculture production to ensure increased crop yields to secure the country’s food basket. See …

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 …