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Train farmers in climate-smart agriculture says minister

August 3rd, 2015 / New Vision, Uganda

Uganda’s agriculture minister Tress Bucyanayandi has called for more innovation in the agriculture sector to help farmers cope with the changing climate in the East African region. Effects of climate change such as drought, floods, landslides, pests and diseases are already being felt, as seen by reduced food production and …

Ghana: improving maize yields

August 3rd, 2015 / Youtube.com

B4FA Fellow Yao Noah Nash reports: Some famers under the Integrated Agricultural Productivity Improvement and Marketing Project in the West Mamprusi district in the Northern Region have been taken through a maize demonstration farm to learn and adopt the best practices in maize cultivation to improve their farm yields.  See …

Kenyan loan rates linked to soil quality

August 3rd, 2015 / BBC, UK

Watch BBC’s Hannah McNeish’s report on a Kenyan company offering loans to farmers where the interest rates charged are linked to the quality of the soil, providing an incentive for soil preservation.  See …

Kenya steps up to UN year of soils

July 31st, 2015 / FarmBiz Africa

Kenya is among countries rolling out transformatory soil conservation and fertility exercises following years of degradation and nutrient mining that has taken a toll on yields as the World marks 2015 as the United Nations international year of soils.  Read …

Sorghum value addition opens new frontiers for Kenyan farmers

July 31st, 2015 / FarmBiz Africa

Sorghum has been one of the most successful crops in adoption across the country, especially in the arid and semi arid areas. The Kenya Agricultural Livestock and Research Organization, KALRO, is championing the value addition of sorghum, especially making of sorghum sausages as farmers record success in growth and market …

New vegetable lab launched to boost food security

July 30th, 2015 / SciDev.net, UK

B4FA Fellow Samuel Hinneh reports: A new regional lab. in Ghana, the Vegetables Innovation Laboratory (VIL) at the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), University of Ghana, aims to develop the vegetable industry through research, development and innovation to improve food and nutritional security in West Africa. It will …

New paradigms for achieving food security in Africa

July 30th, 2015 / Agriculture for Impact

Agriculture for Impact, a new Sustainable Intensification database aims to explain the ecological, socio-economic and genetic approaches that together contribute to the Sustainable Intensification of agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa in an easily accessible way, illustrated by more than 80 case studies.  Read …

New GMO Maize Ready for Kenya

July 30th, 2015 / The Star, Kenya

Scientists are lobbying for approval to commercialise a genetically modified maize variety. “Globally, Bt maize has been proven to effectively control stem borer and improve maize grain yield and quality due to reduced pest damage,” said Eliud Kireger, the director general of the Kenya Agricultural Livestock and Research Organisation  Read …

Reap big on a small piece of land

July 30th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali reports: Certain agricultural activities, which may be lucrative, do not necessarily need large pieces of land. One such activity is the preparation of seedlings for sale to farmers. For some years now, John Mugera of Nabulago village in Kabonera Sub-county, Masaka District, has been selling grafted …

Anti-GMO groups block solution to threats to Uganda’s bananas

July 28th, 2015 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Uganda’s number one staple, banana, locally known as matooke has been under attack by a bacterial disease, banana xanthomonas wilt. Ugandan scientists have developed transgenic banana varieties that are 100% resistant to the wilt, but the GMO rescue is being blocked, at least for now, by anti-GMO activists.  Read …