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Beans, quick to cook, easy to eat

January 5th, 2017 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow, Lominda Afedraru writes: Beans are a widely grown crop in Uganda and a key source of protein in many diets. Though they are mostly cooked, innovative ways of preparation are being explored in research and development.
One of these is as bean flour, which can be mixed with wheat …

African breakthroughs to help Aussie wheat growers

January 5th, 2017 / Queensland Country Life, Australia

A RANGE of groundbreaking agricultural research and development work being conducted in Africa will help push sub-Saharan Africa towards food security, but may also have big benefits for Australian agriculture as well.
Deputy director general of research at the International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) Andrew Noble …

Experts eye Africa-friendly biotechnology curriculum

January 5th, 2017 / Business Daily, Kenya

Experts have proposed changes in the biotechnology curriculum to reflect the African way of life, politics and social cultural norms in bid to boost acceptance.
The experts — mainly local university dons working under European Union-funded Sector for Food Security and Biotechnology in Africa (FSBA) — said increased uptake of biotechnology …

‘Gene drive’ moratorium shot down at UN biodiversity meeting

January 5th, 2017 / Nature, UK

World governments at a United Nations biodiversity meeting this week rejected calls for a global moratorium on gene drives, a technology that can rapidly spread modified genes through populations and could be used to engineer entire species. But environmental activists’ appeals for a freeze on gene-drive field trials, and on …

UN expert says Africa needs radical change in agricultural production systems

December 23rd, 2016 / New Business, Ethiopia

African countries need to undertake radical change in agricultural production systems, regardless of the transformative pathway chosen to change food systems and trade regimes, says a UN expert.
Stephen Karingi, Director of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Regional Integration and Trade Division also urged that Africa needs to …

Safeguarding of biodiversity must be integrated across agricultural sectors

December 23rd, 2016 / Zimbabwe Star

Governments from 167 countries have given unprecedented recognition to the need to protect biodiversity across the agricultural sectors as a key action to achieve sustainable development, including ensuring food security and addressing climate change.
Meeting in Cancun, Mexico at the UN Biodiversity Conference (CBD COP13) which ended on 17 December, governments …

Eight of 10 African youth say Climate Change impacts their lives

December 23rd, 2016 / BusinessStandard, India

Over 80 per cent of the African youth feel that climate change has affected their everyday lives, the COP22 Steering Committee said.
Quoting a survey held in 17 African countries, the Committee of the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) said 86 per …

Africa at highest risk of major economic blow from future climate threats

December 21st, 2016 / Reuters, UK

Countries most dependent on agriculture are also at high risk of experiencing changes in climate over the next 30 years and face the biggest costs in dealing with the effects of extreme weather, according to a global climate index published on Monday.
Sub-Saharan Africa is home to 17 of the 20 …

Ethiopia: Increasing nutrient-use efficiency

December 20th, 2016 / The Ethiopian Herald

Intensive high-yield agriculture is dependent on addition of fertilizers, especially industrially produced NH4 and NO3. In some regions of the world, crop production is still constrained by too little application of fertilizers. Without the use of synthetic fertilizers, world food production could not have increased at the rate it did …

University students threaten demos over retaining GMO ban

December 20th, 2016 / The Star, Kenya

Students from five public universities have threatened to usher in the New Year with massive nationwide protests if the Jubilee administration fails to reverse the ban on genetically modified food products.
University student leaders yesterday said the ban is hurting learners undertaking biotechnology courses in terms of much time they spend …