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Soil fungi turn struggling wheat into ‘climate-smart’ crop with boosted nutrient uptake

October 30th, 2019

Introducing fungi to wheat boosted their uptake of key nutrients and could lead to new, ‘climate smart’ varieties of crops, according to a new study.

Researchers at the University of Leeds have demonstrated a partnership between wheat and soil fungi that could be utilized to develop new food crops and farming …

Engineered molecule could protect key food crops from intensifying droughts as climate changes

October 29th, 2019

An engineered small molecule called opabactin that targets the receptor for the hormone abscisic acid (ABA), which plants release in stressful conditions, limited water loss in Arabidopsis, tomato, and wheat, and improved wheat’s tolerance of drought-like conditions in the lab, according to a study published today (October 24) in Science. It …

Fighting Africa’s fall armyworm invasion with radio shows and phone apps

October 29th, 2019

The invasive fall armyworm is native to the Americas and was first found in Africa in early 2016. It has since spread to nearly all of sub-Saharan Africa.Fall armyworm is a voracious pest of over 80 plant species including maize, millet, rice, and sorghum and has been causing food insecurity …

How to start fish farming on a small-scale

October 29th, 2019

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru writes:

The atmosphere at the 16th edition of Seeds of Gold Farm Clinic at the National Coffee Research Institute (NaCORI) in Kituuza, Mukono District was expressed by farmers being attentive to learn best methods applicable in the farm enterprises exhibited.

One such an enterprise was where scientists took …

Technology necessary to curb food crisis in Africa

October 28th, 2019

THE Regional Director, African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), Dr Issoufou Abdourhamane, on Saturday said that the numerous challenges facing Africa’s agriculture could be effectively tackled with the deployment of appropriate technologies.

He said with the deployment of appropriate technologies, the creation of conducive environments and translation of political will into action, …

Golden Rice named among Project Management Institute’s most influential projects of the last 50 years

October 28th, 2019

The Golden Rice humanitarian project, announced today that it has been recognized in the top-10 Biotech Projects , as one of the most influential projects of the past 50 years by Project Management Institute (PMI) in its 2019 Most Influential Projects list. Golden Rice is the only plant-based biotech project listed, although …

How agroecology can improve life for Africa’s smallholder farmers

October 28th, 2019

Nassib Mugwanya’s call for attention to the difficult reality of smallholder farmers across Uganda and Africa is welcome. Life as a smallholder farmer is arduous and full of uncertainties, and many challenges will be (or already are) exacerbated by climate change. Efforts to improve living conditions for this large group ought …

Technology hope for African farmers

October 16th, 2019

Precision farming techniques are being scaled down to be usable and affordable.

In Africa, a start-up scene is taking shape, capable of lifting millions out of poverty by transforming the continent’s largest industry: agriculture. The African continent contains more than a quarter of the world’s arable land, and farming contributes 15 …

The cereals imperative of future food systems

October 16th, 2019

Pioneering research on our three most important cereal grains — maize, rice, and wheat — has contributed enormously to global food security over the last half century, chiefly by boosting the yields of these crops and by making them more resilient in the face of drought, flood, pests and diseases. …

Food loss and waste is a global issue

October 16th, 2019

FAO’s State of Food and Agriculture 2019

The idea of food being lost or wasted sounds simple, but in practice there is no commonly agreed definition. 

Essentially, food loss and waste is the decrease in quantity or quality of food along the food supply chain. 

Food loss occurs along the food supply chain from …