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6 farming similarities between the UK and Africa

July 9th, 2015 / Farmers Weekly

The crops, climate and cultures differ dramatically, but there are parallels in the challenges that farmers in both Africa and the UK face – even if the scale and consequences of success and failure differ dramatically. Here are six similarities. Read …

New FAO Representative presents credentials to AU

July 9th, 2015 / GBC Ghana

Dr Patrick Kormawa, newly appointed Sub regional Coordinator for Eastern Africa FAO Representative to Africa and United Nation Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), has presented his credentials to the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. Welcoming him, Dr Zuma urged the FAO to work closely with …

Uganda: Women grow vegetables to invest in other activities

July 8th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

In Uganda, growing vegetables helps one women’s group to invest in further money-making agricultural activities as chicken and pig rearing, as well as build better houses and pay children’s tuition fees. B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali reports. Read …

Kenya: Mushroom farmer sets up school to boost exports

July 8th, 2015 / FarmBiz Africa

A farmer in Eldoret is earning Sh70,000 daily from mushroom cultivation, and is calling on farmers to be trained on cultivation as the export market grows. Mr. Daniel Rotich, who also works with the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Institute, worked with a fungi culture and mushroom cultivation agronomist to assist …

Geneticists reveal what makes great rice

July 7th, 2015 / Nature

Breeders in China have discovered the secret for creating rice varieties that could improve breakfast, lunch and dinner for millions of people in Asia. Two teams of molecular geneticists, working independently, have identified a gene that controls both shape and texture and can be selected for without sacrificing the yield …

Uganda: Museveni’s commitment to GMO adoption could earn him another term

July 7th, 2015 / New Vision, Uganda

Op-ed: “The president is among the very few African leaders committed to using science to improve agricultural production. The president and a majority of his cabinet are for science-led development and we should commend them for this commitment. Ugandan legislatures should support him and pass the Uganda National Biotechnology and …

Agriculture in Africa not a sexy topic? These 9 facts could change your mind

July 7th, 2015 / Mail & Guardian Africa

The Mail & Guardian Africa trawled World Bank and Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) data to come up with these notable facts about African agriculture. Angola, Nigeria and Ethiopia are the stars in the push to put food on African tables.
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New BT cotton field trial proves successful In Northern Ghana‎

July 6th, 2015 / News Diary Online

A new variety of Bacillus thuringiensis (BT) Cotton, which underwent trial in Northern Ghana, has proved successful. B4FA Fellow Abdallah el-Kurebe reports.Read …

Can gene editing provide a solution to global hunger?

July 6th, 2015 / The Conversation

Gene editing is a promising technique to help increase nutrients in crops or make them more resilient. However, there remain uncertainties about the impact of gene-edited organisms on the environment and health. Research is currently under way to improve these techniques, reduce the frequency of unwanted mutations and improve safety. …

Anti-poverty pioneer Sir Fazle Hasan Abed wins 2015 World Food Prize

July 6th, 2015 / BBC

The founding chairman of a leading rural development and anti-poverty organisation, based in Bangladesh, has won the 2015 World Food Prize. Sir Fazle Hasan Abed established Brac in 1972, which has since helped nearly 150 million people out of poverty. The judging panel recognised his lifetime commitment to empowering women …