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Scientists isolate first major resistance genes against wheat stripe rust disease

August 30th, 2018 / ISAAA

An international team of researchers from the University of Sydney, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), John Innes Centre, Limagrain UK, and the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB) has isolated the first major resistance genes against stripe rust, a disease devastating wheat crops worldwide.
The scientists cloned three related …

Seeking medicine from the plants of Uganda

August 28th, 2018 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru reports:
Researchers have long looked to the plants of our world to solve many of the medical problems we face. But new technologies are rapidly opening new opportunities for those scientists.
And while much of those efforts are taking place in the US, Europe and China, that doesn’t …

Rice genes could be key to stemming nitrogen pollution

August 28th, 2018 / Scientific American

Rice, wheat and other grains that have been bred to produce larger harvests using less land have been critical to feeding Earth’s population in the past 50 years. But these crops come with a significant cost: Their thirst for the chemical nutrients in fertilizer contributes to pollution that threatens air, …

Mechanised farming vital to food security

August 28th, 2018 / The Nation, Nigeria

Nigeria should adopt mechanised farming to ensure food security, an agro-allied company, Nutrac, co-founder, Samson Ogbole, has said.
He said Nigeria’s population of about 280 million could not continue to depend on cutlasses and hoes; rather it should adopt technology-infused agriculture.
He said there were several technologies that could be applied …

Ghanaian agritech startup Cowtribe planning nationwide coverage

August 28th, 2018 / BizCommunity

Launched in 2016 and recently named winner of the Ghanaian leg of the Seedstars World competition, Cowtribe enables animal vaccines to be ordered via USSD, text and telephone, as well as through a network of community agents.
The startup sources and aggregates genuine and affordable vaccinations from large suppliers, and works …

High yielding drought resistant bean variety that matures in two months is ready for market

August 28th, 2018 / FarmBiz Africa

Bean farmers in Kenya can now harvest up to 600kg per acre in just two months, thanks to a new high yielding variety dubbed Kenya Mali or KAT SW-12 launched in the market two years ago.
Kenya Mali, which was bred by researchers from the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization …

Is Africa’s quest to attract 30% of the youth to agriculture achievable?

August 23rd, 2018 / AllAfrica.com

Agribusiness is the way forward to attract the youth and to make agriculture profitable because one goes through all the value chain.
In 2014, African Heads of State committed to create job opportunities for 30 per cent of the continent’s youth through agriculture by 2025 under what is called the Malabo …

AGRA’s Agnes Kalibata talks on transforming Africa’s agriculture

August 23rd, 2018 / CNBC Africa

Video: African economies have embarked on agriculture transformation strategies to significantly increase farm productivity and promote value addition to food. Joining CNBC Africa to touch base with agricultural development on the continent is former Minister of Agriculture for Rwanda and current President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in …

Farm Clinics: changing the lives of the farmers

August 23rd, 2018 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

“Knowledge is power. I have attended several agribusiness refreshing courses since 1980 hoping to learn the latest farming trends,” 81-year old Henry Kanyike proudly says.
His diary states he has meetings on September 1 – the Seeds of Gold Farm Clinic day – but he is ready to skip the …

Europe’s decision to reject gene edited crops signals it is losing its commitment to sustainable agriculture

August 21st, 2018 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

At the same time as Swedish agriculture is affected by the worst drought in recent memory, the European Court of Justice has made a decisive decision that will have far-reaching consequences for Swedish agriculture beyond this hot summer. [On July 25th], it was decided that crops in which targeted mutations …