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Portable biosensor making food and fodder safe

September 10th, 2015 / AllAfrica.com

The presence of aflatoxins in food and feed are a major reason why some of our agricultural produce would be rejected in international markets. In addition, they are harmful to both human and animal health. They can cause diseases like cancer and nervous and reproductive disorders, retard growth in children, …

Nitrogen use efficient rice shows yield increase of 30 %

September 10th, 2015 / Market Watch, US

Major yield increase has the potential to change the economics of rice production and enhance food security. Four years of field trials with a leading line of Nitrogen Use Efficient (NUE) rice have demonstrated an average 30 percent yield increase over conventional controls. These results were reported jointly today by …

Weeds tell farmers the kind of soils they have and crops to grow

September 10th, 2015 / Farmbiz Africa

Farmers can easily tell the type of soils on their farms by simply observing the type of weeds that grow in it. This is a cost-free and accurate method of soil sampling that can save farmers from hefty laboratory test costs, while still allowing them to determine the kinds of …

Adding value to African indigenous vegetables

September 9th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru reports: African Indigenous Vegetables (AIVs) are considered a significant contributor to food security and nutrition for smallholder farmers in East Africa. They are also important as a source of income, particularly for women, although the farmers’ capacity to meet a growing demand for vegetables is limited …

Kenya’s public comments on Bt maize environmental release

September 9th, 2015 / ISAAA, Kenya

Kenya National Biosafety Authority (NBA) has formally received comments from the public as it embarks on analyzing feedback for consideration of the application for environmental release (open cultivation), of genetically modified insect protected maize in Kenya. NBA Chief Executive Officer CEO Dr. Willy Tonui during a public hearing forum said …

School children to learn about soil

September 8th, 2015 / Farmbiz Africa

Kenyan children are among those set to benefit from a new set of materials that explain the importance of soil in crop production. This is as nations target children in the role they play as future food producers. With 50 per cent of the global population being youth of less …

An African plant breeder’s opinion on GMOs

September 8th, 2015 / Biology Fortified, US

A modern-day plant breeder uses many different techniques. Transgenic technology (aka GMOs) can precisely change the genetics of a plant. While there are unproven fears about GMO safety, this technology could decrease the death toll from malnutrition. What is the perception of GMOs in the developing world? …

Small mills flourishing business with rural communities

September 7th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru reports: Small grinding mills are very important machines for many communities in Africa because they can be operated anywhere. There are various types of this milling tools ranging from the ancient types to modern used by communities across Africa Ugandan communities inclusive. …

Ghana to commercialize GM crops in three years

September 7th, 2015 / Ghana Business News

Despite the sustained campaign against the introduction of commercial genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Ghana, including a protracted legal battle, Ghana is likely to commercialize GMOs in three years, according to information sourced by Ghana Business News. Early this year, Food Sovereignty Ghana (FSG) a food advocacy organisation, sued the …

Building better crops from the bottom up

September 7th, 2015 / Global Food Security, UK

Plant breeding using classical, top-down or forward genetic approaches has served us well in the millennia since people settled in agricultural communities and started crossing plants, selecting individuals with traits that made farming easier and the edible parts more nutritious. An alternative to top-down genetic crop improvement is the so …