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Zambia first country to create a smart farming training centre

April 18th, 2016 / SABC, South Africa

Zambia has become the first country in the world to create a smart farming training centre. The AGCO-Zambia Agriculture Training Centre launched this week will fast-track the country’s agricultural sector into the 21st century- as it moves away from its dependence on copper. Farmers will be taught how to use …

Will severe droughts in Africa open door for imports, acceptance of GM crops?

April 18th, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

A scorching drought has enveloped southern Africa prompting a significant decline in food production. The World Food Program (WFP) said as many as 49 million people in southern Africa could be affected. The drought is being blamed on the longest El Nino weather pattern in thirty-five years. But a huge …

New project to help African farmers address multiple stresses In maize farming

April 13th, 2016 / Modern Ghana

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and its partners have unveiled a new project – Stress Tolerant Maize for Africa (STMA) – to diminish devastating environmental effects in maize production that occur simultaneously across many regions in sub-Saharan Africa. The new project will develop new improved varieties and …

Scientist discovers drought tolerance-enhancing fungi in yam

April 6th, 2016 / This Day, Nigeria

A soil scientist, Nkiruka Odoh, has discovered the use of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus (AMF), a natural-occurring soil organism to enhance drought tolerance of yams in the face of climate change. Read …

FAO, ministers, experts brainstorm on African agri-food systems

April 6th, 2016 / elkurebedotcom

B4FA Fellow Abdallah el-Kurebe reports:As Fifty-four African ministers of Agriculture and various stakeholders are gathered in Abidjan, capital of Cote de I’Voire, for the 29th Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO’s) Regional Conference for Africa to take stock of the progress made so far in the area of improving the continent’s …

GM crops can thrive as climate warms

April 6th, 2016 / Eco-Business, Singapore

Genetically engineering photosynthesis in plants could take advantage of rising global temperatures and increased levels of carbon dioxide, US scientists say. They believe this could achieve much higher yields on the same amount of land and help to stave off the prospect of widespread hunger as human populations increase. …

Working to feed the world

April 5th, 2016 / Arizona State University, US

An Arizona State University researcher has figured out a way to modify crops that causes them to use less water and fertilizer but grow more food, an exciting development as food security becomes a critical concern as the world’s population expands. Roberto Gaxiola, an associate professor with the School of …

African agricultural careers attract young people

April 5th, 2016 / Compton Herald, US

Growing numbers of youth are embracing African agricultural careers as jobs become harder to find in dense urban centres. queezed out of the white collar job markets in many African nation’s growing cities, more youth across the continent are looking to agriculture as a viable employment alternative and are moving …

What is maize lethal necrosis

April 5th, 2016 / B4FA

New information from B4FA on this new, devastating disease in East Africa that leads to severe production losses and, in many cases, complete crop failure. The disease prevents the plants from growing tall, causes yellowing and death of the leaves, and stops the ears from growing and setting seeds. Infected …

Farmers sensitized on the nutritional value of soybeans – SARI 16

April 4th, 2016 / Youtube.com

B4FA Fellow, Noah Nash reports: In Ghana, the Savannah Agricultural Research Institute, SARI, has sensitized more than one hundred women soybean farmers in the Tolon District of the northern region on the nutritional benefits and utilization of soy products. Read …