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India eases stance on GM crop trials

May 13th, 2015 / Nature, UK

Five years ago, India was a hostile place for researchers testing genetically modified (GM) crops. Its government barred the commercial planting of a transgenic aubergine (a vegetable locally known as brinjal) after protests from anti-GM activists. But under the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi India is changing course. In …

Cameroon: food security – new variety of leguminous plants available

May 12th, 2015 / allAfrica.com

Women from the Centre, North and West Regions in Cameroon are learning how to diversify sources of revenue by baking biscuits using beans, soya beans, groundnuts and peanut flour. The flour is made out of a new varieties of leguminous plants rich in calcium, protein and iron. Read …

Using crop genetic resources to help agriculture adapt to climate change

May 11th, 2015 / USDA Report

Climate change poses significant risks to future crop productivity as temperatures rise, rainfall patterns become more variable, and pest and disease pressures increase. The use of crop genetic resources to develop varieties more tolerant to rapidly changing environmental conditions will be an important part of agricultural adaptation to climate change. …

Weaver ants lift cashew nut yields in Benin trial

May 11th, 2015 / SciDevNet, UK

Patrols of ants on cashew nut trees can roughly double the yield of the crop, according to researchers in Benin. The researchers say that African weaver ants (Oecophylla longinoda) are an effective natural way to reduce considerable losses of cashew nuts from insect pests, such as fruit flies, and improve …

Forests, trees and landscapes for food security and nutrition

May 9th, 2015 / International Union of Forest Research Organisations, Austria

About one in nine people globally still suffer from hunger with the majority of the hungry living in Africa and Asia. The world’s forests have great potential to improve their nutrition and ensure their livelihoods. In fact, forests and forestry are essential to achieve food security as the limits of …

What does the world eat?

May 8th, 2015 / FAO

FAO provides updated data on what we eat and what food’s available – from 245 countries and regions. Read …

Climate-smart agriculture: Acting locally, informing globally

May 8th, 2015 / Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security

In 2014 CCAFS helped advance the concept and practice of climate-smart agriculture in farmers’ fields and in global initiatives, through close collaboration with farmers, civil society, governments and researchers. Here are some of the highlights from its 2014 Annual Report. Read …

Tanzania Invaded By the Deadly Papaya Mealy Bug Disease

May 8th, 2015 / AllAfrica.com

The fast spreading and highly destructive papaya mealy bug has invaded Tanzania, IITA has reported. “The pest is rapidly spreading through the coastal areas of Tanzania around Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar,” IITA statement posted on its website says.The pest is attacking important food crops such as papaya and cassava, …

Genetically-Modified Cattle May Help Reshape African Farms

May 7th, 2015 / National Geographic, US

With one gene, molecular geneticist Steve Kemp may someday be able to boost the success of small farms across a huge swath of central Africa. The gene is from a baboon, and it’s important because it produces a protein that kills a diabolical protozoan called Trypanosoma brucei. Trypanosoma brucei causes …

NRM caucus approves controversial GMO bill

May 7th, 2015 / NTV, Uganda

The ruling NRM party’s Parliamentary caucus has approved the controversial Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill that seeks to legalize and regulate the use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in Uganda. Read …