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Why the whitefly is bringing global scientists to Tanzania

February 22nd, 2016 / IPPmedia.com

Scientists and researchers have expressed their concern about the recent upsurge in the number of whiteflies; the tiny, sap-sucking insects that destroy important crops and vegetables such as beans, cassava and sweet potato. The whitefly spreads diseases to important crops very swiftly, a situation which, if not urgently controlled, efforts …

Uganda: Growing bio-fortified crops for better nutrition

December 9th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, by B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali

Farmers in Rakai District marked a belated World Food Day on December 1 with particular emphasis on growing bio-fortified food crops to combat malnutrition.
A farmers’ exhibition displayed the biofortified sweet potatoes and beans they produce, products such as cakes and chapatis made from the sweet potato flour – as well …

Scientists have engineered the food that will help save a starving, warming planet

March 27th, 2015 / Quartz

Since the foundation of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture’s (CIAT) in 1967 it has had extraordinary success: bean varieties developed at the centre now feed up to 30 million people in Africa. But as the planet warms, time is running out to develop new cultivars that can cope …

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