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IRRI opens regional office in Africa

October 3rd, 2018 / World-Grain.com

International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) opened a new regional office in Nairobi to help Africa boost rice productivity and self-sufficiency.
The office was inaugurated by Professor Hamadi Boga, Principal Secretary, Kenyan State Department of Agriculture Research, who was represented by Margaret Makelo; Jim Godfrey, chairman of the board of trustees and …

CRISPR tames the wild ground cherry

October 2nd, 2018 / Boyce Thompson Institute

The groundcherry (Physalis pruinosa) is approximately the same size as a cherry tomato, but with a much sweeter flavor. The tropical-tasting fruit is also a powerhouse in terms of nutritional value. Packed with Vitamin C, Vitamin B, beta-carotene, phytosterols, and antioxidants, plus anti-inflammatory and medicinal properties, this tiny fruit might just …

Kenyan entrepreneur wins global award for increasing farmers’ yields with solar energy

October 1st, 2018 / FarmBiz Africa

Dysmus Kisilu, a Kenyan entrepreneur has won a Progress Award in recognition of his efforts in providing smallholder farmers especially from rural Kenya with solar-powered agricultural tools and services upping their production. Kisilu is the founder of Solar Gel, a company that provides small Kenyan farms with renewable energy services to …

African Development Bank seeks partnerships to lift 1 billion people out of hunger globally

September 27th, 2018 / ReliefWeb

“We must not get carried away: we are not winning the war against global hunger.”
The African Development Bank called on global partners to join hands to lift one billion people worldwide out of hunger and said it was leading the way by investing US$24 billion in African agriculture over the …

Ministry of Agriculture developing new technology to offer quality potato seeds

September 27th, 2018 / FarmBiz Africa

The (Kenyan) Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with Hygrotech, a private company is developing a new technology which will enable farmers get high quality potato seeds, doing away with reliance on tubers seeds.
According to the ministry’s press release on the current national food security situation October last year, production of …

Has Uganda paid a price for not embracing GMOs, biotechnology?

September 27th, 2018 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

B4FA Fellow, Lominda Afedraru writes:
It has been more than two decades since the commercial introduction of GMO crops. They have delivered a range of benefits – including stronger yields, better weed control and the ability to fight off pests – to the farmers in the nations that have adopted them.
Uganda …

Best practices of post-harvest handling

September 26th, 2018 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow, Lominda Afedraru writes:
Horticulture farming is an important and increasingly becoming reliable source of foreign exchange earnings for the country.
The export earnings from the horticultural sector have been growing spectacularly over the years.
The country has a relatively low market share for almost all horticultural products and therefore, has …

Hybrid maize resists lethal necrosis

September 26th, 2018 / Daily Nation, Kenya

The disease can destroy entire harvests and is thus a severe food security risk.
A centralised maize lethal necrosis disease screening facility established in Naivasha five years ago has released 15 disease-resistant hybrid maize varieties in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
After screening more than 150,000 maize germplasms, the team validated genomic regions …

Achieving sustainable food security in South Africa

September 25th, 2018 / BizCommunity.com

On September 18, I attended a session on Famine to Food Security as part of the Future of Farming Dialogue 2018, hosted by Bayer at their crop science headquarters in Germany – a global enterprise with core competencies in the life science fields of healthcare and agriculture.
While food security is …

Google, Microsoft and Amazon predict and fight famine in Africa

September 25th, 2018 / DeyThere.com

Three tech giants Microsoft, Amazon and Google are partnering with international organizations to help identify and prevent famine in developing nations using data analysis and artificial intelligence, a new initiative unveiled last Sunday.
Rather than waiting to respond to a famine after losing lives, the tech firms “will use the predictive …