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Zambia among three African countries targeted by Japan for agricultural development

February 12th, 2018 / Lusaka Times, Zambia

Japan says Zambia will be among the three African countries it is targeting for its Agricultural development programme.
Japanese Parliamentary vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Manabu Horii says apart from Zambia , his government has picked Kenya and Senegal because of the vast agriculture potential in the three African countries.
“Japan has …

Morocco’s OCP Africa: blueprint for an African Green Revolution?

February 9th, 2018 / Morocco World News

The role of agriculture in economic development cannot be overstated. In fact, there seems to be, in the literature of development studies, an overwhelming consensus on the centrality of agriculture in achieving sustainable economic development.
In sub-Saharan Africa, however, policymakers and other stakeholders have, so far, been frustratingly failing to satisfy …

How we can help hungry kids, one text at a time

February 9th, 2018 / TED.com

WATCH Su Kahumbu who raises badass cows — healthy, well-fed animals whose protein is key to solving a growing crisis in Africa: childhood nutritional stunting. With iCow, a simple SMS service she developed to support small-scale livestock farmers, the TED Fellow is helping farmers across the continent by texting them …

Cassava coalition calls for transformation of cassava in Africa

February 9th, 2018 / Dispatch, Uganda

The Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century (GCP21) has called on policy makers and donors to support the transformation of the Cassava crop in Africa.
The call made ahead of the international conference on cassava comes amidst concern over the decline in harvests per acre of cassava in Africa compared …

Study suggests root microbiome key to drought resistant plants

February 8th, 2018 / University of Toronto, Canada

Just as the micro-organisms in our gut are increasingly recognized as important players in human health and behaviour, micro-organisms are critical to the growth and health of plants, a new study by a University of Toronto researcher has found.
For example, plants that are able to recruit particular bacteria to their …

High adoption of biotech crops recorded in 2016

February 8th, 2018 / ISAAA, US

In 2016, the global area of biotech crops reached 185.1 million hectares, according to a research paper authored by Drs. Rhodora Aldemita and Randy Hautea of the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA). The results of their study are published on February 2, 2018 in GM Crops …

Global experts release guide on fall armyworm management

February 8th, 2018 / CNBC Africa

To combat the spread of fall armyworm across the African continent, international experts gathered together to produce a new comprehensive integrated pest management (IPM) guide to help scientists, plant protection organizations, extension agencies, research institutions, and governments working with farmers tackle the voracious FAW.
Fall Armyworm in Africa: A Guide for …

CONNECTED – a new network to tackle vector-borne crop disease in Africa

February 7th, 2018 / Cabot Institute, UK

This major new network brings together UK scientists with colleagues from across Africa to co-produce innovative new solutions to vector-borne crop diseases. And it turns out, there are a lot of them.
Almost every major crop in Africa is affected by disease.
Yams, cassava, soy bean, cocoa, maize, coffee, bananas and many …

Agricultural education and training: The landscape, challenges and opportunities

February 7th, 2018 / BizCommunity, South Africa

Africa abounds with wrecked projects designed with the best intent for the upliftment of its people through boosting agricultural production. Many projects designed in developed countries have failed when advice and training rely solely on information dissemination, without effective knowledge transfer as the main driving force. Irrespective of how the …

Consumers more concerned about GMO crops’ environmental impact than health worries

February 7th, 2018 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

According to a study from Germany, health risks were generally perceived to be lower for bioenergy than food whenever full commercialization was pursued. Furthermore, full commercialization of genetically modified food prompted higher concerns about personal health, whereas use of crops for bio-energy production was broadly related to higher levels of …