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Nigeria: ’43 % of land mass threatened by desertification’

March 31st, 2016 / Daily Trust, Nigeria

The Director-General, National Agency for the Great Green Wall, Ahmed Goni, has said that 43 per cent of Nigeria’s land mass is threatened by desertification. Goni stated this at the first stakeholders’ meeting on the implementation of the Great Green Wall project organised by the Connected Development (CODE), an NGO. …

Good seed agribusinesses will improve food security

March 30th, 2016 / New Ghana

Though the agriculture industry still remains the single largest employer in Ghana, yields over the past years have consistently come short of the required targets to feed the growing population. To improve yields and food security, while cutting back on the 1.5 billion the country already spends on importing basic …

Make agricultural research and data accessible

March 30th, 2016 / SciDev.net, UK

Africa needs to refocus research thinking and agenda on the continent for agriculture to become productive and aid development, say agricultural experts. According to panellists at a SciDev.Net event organised in conjunction with the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications in Nigeria, research is necessary for agricultural growth …

NTMA throws weight behind BT cotton for Nigerian farmers

March 30th, 2016 / elkurebedotcom

B4FA Fellow, Abdallah el-Kurebe, reports: The Nigerian Textile Manufacturers Association (NTMA) has expressed its support for ‎the environmental release and commercialization of genetically modified Bt Cotton, which is known to be resistant against pests for Nigerian farmers. According to the Association, the cotton potential in Nigeria was because of the …

Reducing food losses and waste in sub-Saharan Africa

March 29th, 2016 / FAO, Italy

Roughly one-third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted. These losses are particularly unfortunate in Africa where 220 million people are estimated to be undernourished. Climate-induced crop failures — including those caused by the ongoing …

Agriculture, a mountain of opportunity says UNEP Executive Director

March 29th, 2016 / UNEP, Kenya

Agriculture has emerged as one of the key sectors that highlight the integrated nature of this approach and how it can help drive many of the solutions for a healthy planet with healthy people. However, agriculture probably also highlights more than most the way in which our fates are inextricably …

El Niño threatens food security in Africa

March 28th, 2016 / Dipnote, US

The second worst El Niño episode in history has hit Africa with devastating force, causing extensive drought and flooding that are in turn causing or exacerbating widespread hunger. El Niño is a complex weather pattern that stems from variations in ocean temperatures; it is not necessarily related to global …

Science meets farming to reveal Africa’s best bean

March 28th, 2016 / SciDev.net, UK

Around 23 million tonnes of beans are grown globally for trade and local consumption every year. Across the world, millions of farmers depend on one or more of the 40,000 known bean varieties. But beans are a fragile crop. They need lots of water and stable temperatures to grow. A …

Southern Africa warned of severe food crisis

March 28th, 2016 / eNCA, South Africa

The Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWSNET) has warned of severe food insecurity across the Southern Africa region in 2016-2017 after two years of consecutive drought which have limited crop production. In a new special report entitled “Illustrating the extent and severity of the 2015-2016 drought,” FEWSNET said although temporary …

Seed banks overlook wild relatives of food crops

March 28th, 2016 / SciDec.net.UK

Wild relatives of vital food crops are at risk of going extinct but remain underrepresented in gene banks, scientists warn. There is an urgent need to collect and conserve relatives of plants such as rice, wheat, maize and potato to preserve their genetic diversity, says a paper published this week …