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Uganda: new pigeon pea varieties receive positive response

August 6th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

Farmers in northern Uganda usually grow apena (pigeon peas) in their gardens. This is because this legume improves soil fertility by fixing nitrogen but soon farmers will find the new pigeon peas varieties with enhanced attributes. See …

How to achieve agro-industrialization in Africa

August 5th, 2016 / International Policy Digest

Achieving agro-industrialization cannot be a reality without factoring in climate change and healthy ecosystems. Climate change threatens to reduce crop yields by up to 40%, hence climate adaptation in agriculture is an imperative. On the other hand, healthy ecosystems are the foundation of long term productivity underpinning food production through …

Would greenhouse gas emissions increase dramatically if GMOs banned?

August 5th, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project

What would the impact be of a global ban on GMO foods? That’s exactly the question Wally Tyner, a professor at Purdue University, set out to answer recently. The results are probably not what you might expect. See …

Embrace biotech to boost agric production — Prof. Alhassan

August 1st, 2016 / Graphic Online, Ghana

The Director of Biotechnology and Stewardship for Sustainable Agriculture in West Africa (BSSA), Professor Walter Sandow Alhassan, has called on Ghanaians to embrace the use of biotechnology in agriculture production to ensure increased crop yields to secure the country’s food basket. See …

Agricultural development also supports science, technology

July 29th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow, Michael Ssali writes: Today’s farmer has different challenges from those before the onset of climate change and eruption of crop diseases, which threaten to wipe out major food and cash crops.
We expect our leaders to be climate smart and to pay more attention to agricultural research and its …

Working to boost sorghum production

July 29th, 2016 / Ethiopian Herald

Ethiopia’s Institute National Sorghum Research Coordination Head Dr. Taye Taddesse said Ethiopia is working on sorghum development through research and providing fast maturing seeds and other technical support to farmers. Currently, 10 000 farmers in Tigray, Amhara, Oromia and SNNP states are benefiting from the Institute’s support.
He said the institute …

SDGs could boost citizen science in Africa

July 28th, 2016 / SciDev.net

The Sustainable Development Goals are a chance for Africa to give citizens a say in shaping local science activity and the innovations that follow from it. The explosion of science initiatives now taking place across the continent in the wake of the SDGs means local people need a say in …

Could CRISPR gene editing change the future of ag?

July 28th, 2016 / Civileats.com

Up until recently, a genetically modified organism was one that had its genetic materials engineered. Now, a new technology is completely blurring the line. It’s called gene editing, and it often involves “turning off” or deleting genes from a plant’s genome, as opposed to moving genes from one species to …

Uganda’s president call for adoption of GM crops

July 28th, 2016 / ISAAA, US

While officially opening the 24th edition of the Annual National Agricultural and Trade Show on July 14, 2016, President Yoweri Museveni analyzed what confuses Ugandans about GM technology, which involves transferring genes from one plant into another plant of economic interest, and to impart better qualities in the crop. …

Tackling Uganda’s Banana Crisis

July 27th, 2016 / Crop Life International, Belgium

The banana is a very important part of the Ugandan diet with 70 percent of the population eating the fruit every day. However, as Banana Bacterial Wilt is devastating banana crops across the country, eradicating the disease has become a major focus for Uganda’s government, scientists and industry. Plant …