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9 agriculture technology startups to keep you fed

February 15th, 2017 / Nanalyze.com

The term “food security” is another way of saying that we might not have enough food to feed everyone on this shrinking planet. According to The World Bank, we need to produce at least 50% more food to feed 9 billion people by 2050. Any sort of problems we may …

Farmers urged to embrace organic fertilizer

February 15th, 2017 / Sahel Standard, Nigeria

Farmers have been urged to embrace organic fertilisers hence it is superior alternative to artificial fertilizer.
This charge was made in Abuja during the launch of ‘Greenfelt’ organic fertilizer in the market.
Yakubu Yasukuma, who represented the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, said the product will be subjected …

Search for targeted pesticides leads scientists to eavesdrop on crosstalk between plants & fungi

February 13th, 2017 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

In the conversation between plants and fungi, the organisms rely on a well-worn mechanism of gene-expression regulation that has stood the test of evolutionary time: RNA interference (RNAi). Listening in on the RNA crosstalk between plants and their pathogens could reveal previously unknown facets of basic plant biology, and point …

Armyworms are wreaking havoc in southern Africa. Why it’s a big deal

February 13th, 2017 / The Conversation, UK

A combination of native African armyworms and Fall armyworms from the Americas are ravaging staple crops across southern Africa. If uncontrolled, they have the potential to cause major food shortages. The Conversation Africa’s energy and environment editor Ozayr Patel asked Kenneth Wilson to explain the threat and what can be …

Agricultural technology can’t be ignored – Kenya ‘on the brink’

February 10th, 2017

Kenya is on the brink of embracing biotechnology in agriculture. The MIT Technology Review made the claim in October: ‘Kenya is thought to be on the brink of reversing its ban on GM imports.’ The news and commentary website Grist said it in June: ‘Kenya is on the brink of …

New technique kills two maize pests

February 10th, 2017 / Sunrise, Uganda

An experiment meant to evaluate the effectiveness of a resistant maize variety against the devastating maize stem borer developed by Ugandan researchers has proved successful in controlling yet another hazardous pest, the leaf eater that had proved a menace to farmers across the Uganda especially during the dry season.
According to …

These 7 wonderful CROPS will put Nigeria’s economy back on the track

February 10th, 2017 / NAIJ.com

Many factors have been adduced for food insecurity in third world countries, especially sub-Saharan Africa. Most of these determinants are hinged on natural and artificial logic at the expense of individuals’ failure of contributing to food security drive of world’s leaders which requires investments in wide-ranging food and cash crops. …

Finding the best seeds to match Africa’s needs

February 9th, 2017 / Soybean Innovation Lab, Illinois, US

Throughout Africa, soybean farmers may have access only to a few varieties with unimpressive yield potential or to a few high-yielding varieties without performance data for their latitude and altitude. A new evaluation programme will address these deficiencies and give African growers more and better seed options.
“An important component to …

How GM crops can help us feed a fast-growing population

February 9th, 2017 / GraphicOnline, Ghana

The United Nations forecasts global population to rise to more than nine billion by 2050. Climate change may mean that the crops we depend on now may no longer be suited to the areas where they are currently cultivated and may increasingly be threatened by droughts, floods and the spread …

Africa’s agriculture projects are growing inequality, not food – extension services needed

February 9th, 2017 / Huffington Post, US

Low yield growth, increasing food insecurity, climate change and massive population growth are the four factors that will determine the shape of Africa over the next century. Even if countries on the continent are successful in negotiating more favourable trade conditions and introduce policy reforms, Africa will still need to …