In the news...

African Union mulls harmonized biosafety system framework

July 19th, 2019 / Alliance for Science, US

The African Union (AU) is looking at the possibility of harmonizing biosafety regulations to ensure more effective handling of biotechnology applications in its 55 member-states.

The issue ranked top on the agenda at the just-concluded training for African biosafety regulators in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, that was organized by the AU and its Development …

African Agricultural Scientists Root For GMOs

July 19th, 2019 / ChimpReport

Agricultural scientists from various African countries meeting in Kampala this week, spoke in unison calling on the African population to embrace use of Genetically Modified Organisms and varieties commonly known as GMOs as a way to address challenges faced in cropping systems. Read more … …

Closing the gender digital divide, opening opportunities for women in agriculture

July 17th, 2019

From CTA, Netherlands

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are promoted as an equaliser of opportunities – but this is not always the case for women. Several African initiatives are demonstrating the critical contribution that information and knowledge can make to increase agricultural productivity and run a profitable agribusiness.

Women make up just …

FAO launches campaign to end gender bias in farming

July 17th, 2019

From the Anadolu Agency, Turkey

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched a campaign to make women primary stake holders in the field of agriculture investments in the African continent, by working with regional legislators, to strengthen legal frameworks.

It has suggested to form a coalition of regional parliamentarians, to …

We need policy on new breeding technologies

July 16th, 2019

From The Standard, Kenya

A series of genome editing-related research work in Africa has triggered the need for the continent to develop a dedicated policy for new and precision breeding techniques.

According to experts who are already doing gene editing research, National Biosafety Authorities in the continent need to develop regulations on …

The challenges of food storage

July 16th, 2019

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali writes in the Daily Monitor, Uganda

It is quite frustrating to think of the amount of food produced by struggling smallholder farmers in Uganda and gets lost due to lack of proper storage.A lot of our poverty and food insecurity reduction efforts ought to be geared towards …

Investor confidence in Africa is returning

July 16th, 2019

From Business Day, South Africa

Africa appears to have made its way back onto a growth trajectory with foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows to the continent expected to increase by 15% in 2019, after a rise of 11% to $46bn in 2018.

As encouraging as the signs are, inflows are still below …

CTA has awarded four grants to support the use of blockchain in agriculture across Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific

July 15th, 2019

CTA has awarded four grants to support the use of blockchain in agriculture across Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP).

With CTA’s support Bioversity International, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Erba 96 and Nitidae will implement blockchain projects in Côte d’Ivoire; Papua New Guinea; Sierra Leone; Trinidad and Tobago; and Uganda. 

With blockchain every transaction …

The deadly disease every pig farmer should watch out for

July 15th, 2019

Pig rearing remains a lucrative business, but it is often disrupted by diseases. One of the diseases that attack pigs is the African swine fever.

… Sadly, African swine fever has no treatment and can wipe out an entire pig farm. 

No vaccines have been developed but several bio-security measures can be …

Agroecology as innovation

July 10th, 2019

On July 3, the High Level Panel of Experts of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) released its much-anticipated report on agroecology in Rome. The report signals the continuing shift in emphasis in the UN agency’s approach to agricultural development. As outgoing FAO Director General Jose Graziano da Silva …