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Lack of funds hurts Tanzania’s biotech centre

July 20th, 2015 / OnIslam.net

Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) Director for Information and Documentation Dr. Nicholas Nyange says that although Tanzania has experts in the agricultural sector with sufficient knowledge and methods, a lack of adequate financial resources impedes investment in research and innovation. Read …

GM may be needed to save the popular and nutritionally important Cavendish banana

July 17th, 2015 / Good Magazine, US

It may be a bitter pill to swallow for some, given society’s disdain for GMOs. But to preserve the Cavendish, the banana at large, and the millions of lives and livelihoods they are tied to it, as a society we might just have to learn to accept a genetically modified …

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 …

SA’s GM maize: what you should know

July 16th, 2015 / Daily Maverick, South Africa

Between 70% and 80% of maize consumed in South Africa is genetically modified, and ours is the only country in the world whose staple is primarily GMO. So what? Three decades after its adoption, GM maize remains contentious. Read …

Boost to cassava production in Nigeria

July 16th, 2015 / This Day, Nigeria

A Corporate Social Responsibility initiative of the British America Tobacco Foundation (BATF) aimed at encouraging Nigerian farmers is yielding results in Oyo State. Beyond tobacco, which is the primary raw material of the BAT, the company’s decision to support the production of other cash crops is already making impact on …

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 …

Growing mangoes to sustain school

July 15th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow, Michael Ssali reports on former headmaster Fred Kato Nsamba who is now growing mangoes, interplanted with cassava and maize to sustain a school and teach the young students about food and farming. Read …

Why GM crops have been slow to take hold in Africa

July 14th, 2015 / The Conversation, UK

The reluctance of so many African countries to GMOs can, in part, be attributed to fears about the impact it would have on trade with other countries, particularly Europe where a number of countries have banned GM imports. But things may be changing. Read …

In defense of corn, the world’s most important food crop

July 14th, 2015 / Washington Post, US

Corn has a bad rap. Think of those 90 million U.S. acres growing the stuff, and what comes to mind? Monocrops, perhaps? Cheap meat and processed foods? Ethanol? Subsidies? Polenta might not even make your list. But let’s separate corn, the plant, from corn, the cog in the industrial machine. …

Double cassava yield with improved weed control

July 14th, 2015 / The Day, Nigeria

Preliminary results from experimental plots carried out by researchers working under the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) led Cassava Weed Management Project show that by switching to improved weed management practices, Nigerian cassava farmers can double current national average yield of 12-13 tonnes per hectare. Read …