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‘African farmers can benefit from hybrid seed’

August 9th, 2016 / Daily Mail, Zambia

Researchers say African farmers can benefit and attain sustainable agriculture if they use improved hybrid seed technologies. The researchers from DuPoint Pioneer and Mukushi Seeds disclosed that using hybrid seeds, along with agronomic improvements can help increase agriculture production of low yielding African soil to meet nutritional needs of an …

“Genetically modified foods do not cause cancer”

August 8th, 2016 / The Nation, Nigeria

The National Biotechnology Management Agency (NBMA) is an organisation of the Federal Government positioned to regulate and ensure safe use of biotechnology in the country. Since its inauguration, it has faced lots of controversies concerning Nigeria’s readiness for such new technology. In this interview with Olugbenga Adanikin, the NBMA Director-General, …

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 …

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 …

Microbe-enhanced cotton can help boost crop production

July 27th, 2016 / MIT Technology Review, US

A new treatment for cotton seeds draws on beneficial microbes that live inside plants—much like the good bacteria in our own guts—to help the crops thrive in dry conditions. The microbe-enhanced cotton, the first product from startup Indigo Agriculture, is already growing on 50,000 acres spread across five different states …

International research makes breakthrough on highly drought-resistant rice and wheat

July 25th, 2016 / Science Daily, US

International research led by The Australian National University (ANU) has found how plants, such as rice and wheat, sense and respond to extreme drought stress, in a breakthrough that could lead to the development of next-generation drought-proof crops. See …

Scientists to release drought resistant groundnut varieties

July 25th, 2016 / Youtube.com

B4FA Fellow Omugoogoofu Tyaba: Ugandan scientists have developed a new variety of ground nuts that is resistant to drought and the deadly rosette vectors that cause 100% crop failure.The new variety, which is yet to be given a market name by the National Semi – Arid resources Research Institute (NaSARRI), …

African farmers say they can feed the world

July 22nd, 2016 / Quartz Africa

With 60-65% of the world’s uncultivated arable land and 10% of renewable freshwater resources, Africa’s immense agricultural potential has long been a keen point of discussion among agronomists and global decision-makers. After a 160% increase in African agricultural output over the past 30 years, many elements of the continent’s food …

Grasses suppress shoot-borne roots to conserve water during drought

July 20th, 2016 / PNAS Online, US

Grasses, whose members constitute key food and bioenergy crops worldwide, use unique developmental programs to establish the root system from the shoot. Shoot-borne crown roots originate near the soil surface and provide the main conduits through which the plant takes up water and nutrients. We show that crown root development …

Tanzania to get mobile apps for soil testing

July 18th, 2016 / African Farming, UK

Kenya-based Capture Solutions has announced plans to extend its business to Tanzania by introducing various mobile phone applications, including the use of mobile phone applications that help farmers in improving their productivity levels. See …