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Video: Managing aflatoxins in groundnuts during drying and storage

March 14th, 2017 / Access Agriculture, Kenya

Certain moulds grow on groundnut, maize and other foods. These moulds produce a poison called aflatoxin. To have healthy groundnuts it is important to care for the groundnut during its whole growth, but especially during drying and storage. See …

Environmentalists urged to embrace biotechnology to improve food security

March 14th, 2017 / B4FA Fellow, Hope Mafaranga

B4FA Fellow, Hope Mafaranga reports: The Ethiopian Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Kare Chawicha, called on environmentalists to embrace biotechnology as one way of mitigating climate change. His comments came when he opened a communication training workshop on biotechnology and biosafety for media practitioners from Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, …

Plowing a new path for female farmers in South Africa

March 13th, 2017 / Women & Girls, US

As the first South African to win the prestigious Nuffield Agricultural Scholarship, Thato Moagi is shattering the stereotypes of what it means to be a young black woman and a female African farmer. Women & Girls spoke to Moagi about her career, her expectations from the Nuffield Scholarship, and her …

Technologies that help farmers respond to climate change

March 13th, 2017 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru reports: Agriculture in many parts of Africa, Uganda inclusive, is mainly rain-fed yet farmers usually experience severe periods of drought where they would require water to irrigate their farms during times of such weather.
During extreme dry seasons, many farmers are forced to abandon farming with very …

Small molecule could have big future in food security

March 13th, 2017 / University of Arizona, US

Researchers at the University of Arizona have found a promising way to prevent the loss of millions of tons of crops to a fungus each year, offering the potential to dramatically improve food security, especially in developing countries. The team’s approach uses transgenic corn plants that produce small RNA molecules …

Germany’s top organic researcher says environmentalists should embrace CRISPR editing

March 10th, 2017 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

New techniques are currently revolutionizing genetic research. They allow extremely precise changes to the genome…. This so-called genetic surgery changes the debate about the risks and chances of interventions in the genome.
In this Q&A, Urs Niggli, director of the Research Institute for Organic Agriculture in Germany, discusses a new form …

Improved cassava varieties makes a fortune for Akutu

March 10th, 2017 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

Amidst the looming food crisis across the country, Augustine Akutu’s home is akin to an oasis overflowing with cassava tubers. When you visit his home in Amuria District you will mistake it for a rich cassava island. His farmyard is green with improved cassava varieties.
The surrounding farms are yet to …

How CRISPR gene editing can speed up domestication to make crops more sustainable, nutritious

March 10th, 2017 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Out of the more than 300,000 plant species in existence, only three species – rice, wheat, and maize – account for most of the plant matter that humans consume…. But with CRISPR technology, we don’t have to wait for nature to help us domesticate plants…. [G]ene editing could make, for …

Africa’s green revolution can reduce global poverty

March 9th, 2017 / The African Exponent

Africa’s economic future depends on success in agriculture, which in turn depends on the empowerment of smallholder farmers See …

Technology answer to Africa’s food security challenge, say scientists

March 9th, 2017 / Daily Nation, Kenya

Africa needs to embrace modern technology in Agriculture to ensure food security for its citizens.
Experts meeting in Addis Ababa with media practitioners from across the continent are concerned that crop farming has been left in the hands of older members of the society while the young generation seeks white collar …