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How climate change impacts the concentration of key nutrients in crops

July 17th, 2018 / CGIAR

On average, people around the world receive most of their nutrition from plants, including 63 percent of total dietary protein, 68 percent of zinc, and 81 percent of iron. Because so many people in the world get their nutrition from plants, and because plants are uniquely affected by higher CO2 concentrations, it is …

Kenyan farmer: On cusp of a biotech revolution, Africa faces resistance from Europe and activists

July 16th, 2018 / Genetic Literacy Project

Kenya and much of Africa have been denied the tools of modern crop technology available in more industrialized countries mostly because of political opposition, often linked to European activists. GMOs developed or in the pipeline to contain diseases like armyworm and climate change related challenges such as drought and flooding, but …

How Chinese millet gives Ugandan farmers hope

July 16th, 2018 / Observer, Uganda

A Chinese company with a farm in Luweero district has been involved in reproduction of foxtail millet seeds and distributing it to farmers. The new crop varieties have shown quick results. Improved food crops, for instance, have increased crop yields and enhanced farmers’ incomes. Such crops and technology transfer, once …

Retaining forests benefits African farmers, new study finds

July 13th, 2018 / Global Landscapes Forum

The closer a farm is located to a forest, the better it performs in terms of livestock productivity and long-term soil sustainability, according to a recent study conducted in southern Ethiopia. Additionally, proximity to a forest increases the ability to deal with shocks and equality between households. The findings of the study …

Tanzania: device to fight cassava diseases launched

July 12th, 2018 / AllAfrica.com

A new tool to fight cassava diseases using an artificially intelligent machine has been launched.
Nuru, as the device is known, has been developed by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in collaboration with the Pennsylvania State University of the United States.
The machine, according to the institute’s official, can accurately …

Genome editing in agriculture: methods, applications, and governance

July 12th, 2018 / ISAAA, US

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) released an Issue Paper titled Genome Editing in Agriculture: Methods, Applications, and Governance. CAST explains that genome editing is a powerful new method that enables unprecedented control over genetic material and offers the opportunity to make rapid advances that influence agricultural practices. …

Will Africa embrace CRISPR gene editing and the next phase of the biotech revolution?

July 12th, 2018 / Genetic Literacy Project

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru writes:
Scientists around the world are increasingly turning to the promise of CRISPR gene editing to tackle any number of problems facing humanity.
These efforts may have started in the US, Europe and Asia, but they have since spread to African nations. South African scientists are exploring the …

GMOs are not dangerous

July 10th, 2018 / Modern Ghana

Former National President of the Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana Mohammed Adams Nasiru has dismissed concerns Genetically Modified Foods (GMO) are harmful to humans.
In a clear deviation from the position of the association he used to lead, Mr. Nasiru insisted GMOs don’t pose any danger to humans and no one …

Does your farm produce sufficient returns?

July 10th, 2018 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael asks:
The desire of every farmer should be to get the highest returns from the lowest cost investment. This is not to say that the farmer should not spend enough on inputs such as fertilizers or quality feeds.
Rather, we are talking about efficiency standards which clever farmers use …

How hot pepper brings cheer to farmers

July 9th, 2018 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow writes Lominda Afedraru:
It is 10am as we set off from Mbale District to catch up with youth group engaged in growing chilli (pepper) and eggplants located in Nakatende village in Budaka District.
Upon arrival in this village about three kilometres from Mbale town, we are received by Joseph Wambuzi …