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Biotechnology, Africa’s next frontier

April 20th, 2016 / Leadership, Nigeria

The former Tanzanian Minister of Agriculture, Food Security and Co-operatives, Hon. Adam Kigoma Malima, has described modern biotechnology as the next frontier Africa has to conquer in order to ensure food security. At a week-long Africa leadership course on strategic planning and grassroots organising by the Cornell Alliance for …

Kenya: failure to use biotechnology hurting farmers

April 19th, 2016 / All Africa.com

Farmers are missing out on opportunities to integrate proven cutting edge biotechnology tools that would boost yields and mitigate the impact of climate change, according to a new report released by the International Services for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA). Read …

Food insecurity starves Africa of progress

April 19th, 2016 / The Star, Kenya

This year, following the unusually strong El Niño rains, coupled with record-high temperatures afterwards, the UN has warned that about 36 million people across southern and eastern Africa face hunger. Worst hit will be Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan. Hunger is a problem that won’t go away, not …

New alliance will help African agri-businesses

April 18th, 2016 / Cambridge News, UK

Africa’s agriculture sector presents vast opportunities for socioeconomic development. With a world population increasing by a further two billion by 2050, global food production must double. However, investment in sub-Saharan African remains a fraction of what is needed. One of the main obstacles has been the lack of reliable information …

Farmers tipped on using E-tags to determine seed quality

April 18th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

The USAID Feed the Future Uganda programme is training farmers on how to use electronic branding technology to identify genuine seeds and agro-inputs. Speaking at the Kakasa national farmers competition finals last week in Kampala, Dr Rita Ojok Laker, the country chief of party, said the special electronic branding allows …

Cassava in south-east Asia under threat from witches’ broom disease

April 18th, 2016 / The Guardian, UK

Climate change and globalisation are fuelling an explosion in the pests and diseases that afflict south-east Asia’s cassava crops, threatening a multi-billion dollar industry and the staple food of millions of people, a report warns. Cassava, which is originally from South America, is now south-east Asia’s third largest source of …

SARI to release three hybrid maize varieties

April 18th, 2016 / Youtube.com

B4FA Fellow Noah Nash reports: The Savanna Agriculture Research Institute, SARI, will soon release new hybrid maize seed varieties for the 2016 Farming season, which can withstand the climatic conditions in the northern regions. According to a Plant breeder at the SARI, Dr. Meshack Seidu Abdulai, the varieties will provide …

Namibia: expectations for maize harvest improve dramatically

April 18th, 2016 / AllAfrica.com

Late rains have dramatically changed the expectations of the total white maize harvest from the Maize Triangle and immediate environs. The total maize harvest is now projected at more than 44 000 tonnes, after 9 391 hectares were planted countrywide. Almost 4 400 hectares were planted in the Maize Triangle, …

Scientists develop technology to guide farmers on use of fertiliser

April 18th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru reports: Farmers in Uganda will have the benefit of calculating the amount of fertiliser to apply in a given acreage and the consequent economic benefits using a mobile phone application. Scientists at National Agricultural Research Laboratories (NARL) in Kawanda who designed the Uganda Fertiliser Optimisation Tool …

GM crops: African farmers planted 3.5m ha. in 2015

April 18th, 2016 / elkurebedotcom

The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) has said that during the last year, African farmers planted a total of 3.5 million hectares of Biotech/GM Crops. This was also during the 20th year of global GM crops commercialization. The Director of the Afri-Center of ISAAA, Dr. Margaret …