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Kenya: New technology for collecting agric data

May 20th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow, Michael Ssale reports: Several researchers have concluded a 10-day training, held in Nairobi, Kenya, on Census and Survey Processing System (CSPro), a software developed to improve the efficiency of data collection and management in agriculture. Read …

Uganda: fora on modern agro-biotech research

May 20th, 2015 / ISAAA, Kenya

The Uganda Biosciences Information Center (UBIC) in partnership with Science Foundation for Livelihoods Development (SCIFODE) conducted a series of workshops on the application and regulation of modern agro-biotechnology for agricultural development. Read …

Farmer finds her livelihood in coffee seedlings

May 18th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru talks to Luweero farmer Betty Ndugga Nankya who abandoned a business enterprise in Kampala and switched to running a coffee seedling nursery and is enjoying the move. Read …

World Bank satisfied with Sierra Leone cassava and rice research

May 15th, 2015 / Concord Times, Sierra Leone

The World Bank Country Team leader for agriculture projects in Sierra Leone, Herdwick Tchala, has said he was impressed with work done by the Sierra Leone Agricultural Research Institute (SLARI) on new breeds of rice and cassava. Read …

India eases stance on GM crop trials

May 13th, 2015 / Nature, UK

Five years ago, India was a hostile place for researchers testing genetically modified (GM) crops. Its government barred the commercial planting of a transgenic aubergine (a vegetable locally known as brinjal) after protests from anti-GM activists. But under the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi India is changing course. In …

Using crop genetic resources to help agriculture adapt to climate change

May 11th, 2015 / USDA Report

Climate change poses significant risks to future crop productivity as temperatures rise, rainfall patterns become more variable, and pest and disease pressures increase. The use of crop genetic resources to develop varieties more tolerant to rapidly changing environmental conditions will be an important part of agricultural adaptation to climate change. …

Kenyan government urged to lift its ban that on GMO imports

May 9th, 2015 / Coast Week, Kenya

Scientists meeting in Nairobi have urged the government to lift the ban that was imposed on the importation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in 2012. The Open Forum for Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa (OFAB) said that the ban has slowed down the momentum that Kenya has built in agricultural research. …

NRM caucus approves controversial GMO bill

May 7th, 2015 / NTV, Uganda

The ruling NRM party’s Parliamentary caucus has approved the controversial Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill that seeks to legalize and regulate the use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in Uganda. Read …

Kenya develops drought-tolerant passion fruits

May 4th, 2015 / African Farming

Kenya has developed three new drought-resistant varieties of passion fruit, it was revealed this week. “The new varieties are drought tolerant and are suited both for processing and the fresh market. They are superior in quality,” observed Joseph Njuguna, a fruit expert at KALRO’s Thika station. Read …