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November 1st, 2018 / B4FA.org

Eight years ago, Biosciences for Farming in Africa (B4FA) was set up to help African farmers unlock the continent’s huge agricultural potential.
Initially, we ran courses in Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda, in collaboration with local scientists from universities and research institutes, providing training for more than 160 TV, radio and …

Irrigation-short Africa may get $9 billion boost to spur harvests

November 1st, 2018 / Reuters

The power of irrigation is on full display in this corner of southeastern Kenya, where an 8,000-hectare sugarcane plantation glimmers in an otherwise semi-arid landscape.
Yields at the Kwale sugar plantation are higher than they would be if it relied only on rain, and there is no need to worry about …

Field trials of GM maize shows signs of withstanding stem borer and Fall armyworm

November 1st, 2018 / Daily News, Tanzania

TANZANIA’s second year of confined field trials of genetic modified maize is bearing fruit, as the crop has significantly shown signs of withstanding stem borer and fall armyworm attacks, compared to conventional maize varieties.
The confined field trials (CFT), which started in April 2016, are located in the semiarid area of …

Agriculture should now be great career choice for youths

October 31st, 2018 / AllAfrica

WITH 200 million people aged between 15 and 24 (the youth bracket), Africa has the youngest population in the world.
The current trend indicates that this figure will double by 2045, according to the 2012 African Economic Outlook report prepared by experts from the African Development Bank (AfDB), the UN Development …

China and UNDP partner to highlight the impact of China’s agriculture cooperation in Africa

October 31st, 2018 / UNDP

In its first visit to the United Nations New York headquarters, the China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA) joined with the Chinese Permanent Mission to the United Nations and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to launch results of China’s partnership with Guinea-Bissau and Mozambique on agriculture development.
With both African …

Living Planet Report finds humanity has wiped out 60% of animal populations since 1970

October 30th, 2018 / The Guardian, UK

The huge loss is a tragedy in itself but also threatens the survival of civilisation, say the world’s leading scientists.
Humanity has wiped out 60% of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles since 1970, leading the world’s foremost experts to warn that the annihilation of wildlife is now an emergency that threatens …

Biotech crops could make Kenya major cotton producer again

October 30th, 2018 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Kenya has been losing at least 4,210 cotton farmers every year for the last 38 years due to low returns and importation of cheaper ready fabric from China and India. This translates to 160,000 farmers or 80 per cent of the estimated 200,000 farmers who practiced cotton farming in the …

Genetic search reveals key to resistance in global cotton pest

October 30th, 2018 / Phys.org

In the most recent battle in the unending war between farmers and bugs, the bugs are biting back by adapting to crops genetically engineered to kill them.
A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences identifies a dominantly inherited mutation that confers resistance to engineered cotton …

A fight against vitamin A deficiency

October 30th, 2018 / Business Mirror, Philippines

‘THE soul, fortunately, has an interpreter—often an unconscious but still a faithful interpreter—in the eye,” wrote Charlotte Bronte in her famed Jane Eyre. Marcus Tullius Cicero had the same view when he said: “The face is a picture of the mind with the eyes as its interpreter.”
A survey was conducted …

University of Ghana Professor, Eric Yirenkyi Danquah, has won the 2018 World Agriculture Prize

October 30th, 2018 / Modern Ghana

University of Ghana Professor, Eric Yirenkyi Danquah, has won the 2018 World Agriculture Prize in China.
Prof. Danquah who is founding Director of the West Africa Center for Crop Improvement (WACCI) was awarded the prize for his significant contribution to the mission of the University of Ghana through education, research and …