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The ABCs of growing watermelons

July 26th, 2018 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru writes:
To yield five to six watermelons per plant, it is critical that pollination is successful. The farmer must also choose a variety that is resistant to wilt, for example, Charleston Gray and Sukari F1, writes Lominda Afedraru.
Growing watermelon has become a lucrative business in the country …

CABI launches space-age technology to fight crop-devastating pest outbreaks in Kenya

July 24th, 2018 / African Farming, UK

Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI), funded by the UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme (IPP), is developing a Pest Risk Information Service (PRISE) to fight against crop-devastating pest outbrakes in Kenya.
The service was launched at a Plantwise plant clinic in Manyatta in Kenya’s Eastern Province.
Cambria Finegold, global director …

Vitamin-infused sweet potato that helped cut Africa’s infant mortality 25 percent

July 24th, 2018 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

The 2016 World Food Prize went to a group that coordinated the breeding, promotion and distribution of the orange-fleshed sweet potato in Africa. One of [the researchers] on the team was economist Dr. Jan Low. The sweet potato grows well in many parts of Africa. It is not the sweet …

European court appears poised to rule that gene edited crops should not be regulated as GMOs

July 24th, 2018 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Gene editing in agriculture takes centre stage [July 25th] when Europe’s highest court rules in a case that could determine the fate of the technology that is already making waves in the field of medicine.
The European Union has long restricted the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) widely adopted around …

Getting the most out of your farm

July 24th, 2018 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow and farmer, Michael Ssali, writes:
In order to get the most out your farm with regard to yields and quality there are some considerations that you should take into account.
One of them is being open to learning new things all the time because farming is dynamic. New challenges keep …

AGRA: the march towards a Green Revolution in Africa

July 24th, 2018 / allianceforagreenrev/youtube

AGRA exists to fulfill the vision that Africa can feed itself and the world. Investing in agriculture is the surest path to reducing poverty and hunger in Africa. Despite the challenges African farmers face today – poor soils, degraded soils, unreliable water supplies, poor access to markets, insufficient access to …

Young, rich and ambitious: Nigeria’s ‘gentleman farmers’

July 24th, 2018 / ENCA.com

“Opportunities in agriculture are beyond the imagination,” said Buffy Okeke-Ojiudu, the proud owner of a 200-hectare (495-acre) palm oil plantation in the southeast.
“The future billionaires in Nigeria will be people investing in agriculture, tech and renewable energy, which are sectors that can create employment, not like the oil sector,” said …

Ripe tomatoes sold for 30 days

July 20th, 2018 / FarmBiz Africa

Farmers can now beat poor prices and accruing losses resulting from rotting of tomatoes by growing a hybrid variety from Syngenta that allows for up to one month selling window.
The skin of Tylka F1 remains firm for up to 28 days before it start to degenerate in shape.
A Kenyatta University …

Cherishing the ground we walk on

July 18th, 2018 / FAO

Soils do amazing things for us that we sometimes take for granted. They sustain food production, filter our water, are the source for our medicines and help us to combat and adapt to climate change. Here are reasons we should appreciate the ground beneath our feet. Read …

Crispr can speed up nature – and change how we grow food

July 18th, 2018 / Wired

It took thousands of years for humans to breed a pea-sized fruit into a beautiful beefsteak tomato. Now, with gene editing, scientists can change everything. Read …