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Seed distributions in Ethiopia boost crop yields, strengthen communities’ resilience

October 10th, 2016 / AfrianBrains.net

FAO support reinforces food security response to one of the worst El Niño-induced droughts on record.
Ethiopia is about to complete one of the largest and most successful seed distribution campaigns in the country’s history, aimed at helping farmers to stay on their feet in the face of a blistering drought …

Can the UN climate talks help African farmers?

October 6th, 2016 / African Farming, UK

Africa’s agriculture sector could be argued to be failing but with technology, education and funding there’s a way back and the UN Climate talks could help this.
“Food production” featured just three times in the Paris climate agreement text. Often, renewable energy or new motoring technology overshadows farming and food …

Transforming agriculture to address climate change and other global challenges

October 3rd, 2016 / FAO, Italy

The agricultural sector must transform itself not only to achieve food and nutrition security for all, but also to help address global challenges such as climate change and antimicrobial resistance, FAO Director- General José Graziano da Silva said today.
In a speech to ministers, government, private sector and civil society representatives …

How climate change Is fuelling a food crisis in Kenya, Uganda, and Nigeria

October 3rd, 2016 / National Geographic, US

The frontline of global warming is on farms. But the story is about much more than hunger.
The village of Nowcaca is nestled in the verdant hills of northwestern Mozambique, some 600 miles north of the coastal capital Maputo. A footpath winds through a sea of shoulder-high grasses, leading from a …

Breakthrough in salt-tolerance in plants research

September 28th, 2016 / University of Adelaide, Australia

University of Adelaide researchers have made a breakthrough in investigating salt tolerance in plants which could lead to new salt tolerant varieties of crops, and also answer unresolved questions in plant biology.
The researchers, also from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology and in collaboration with the University’s …

Improving cassava processing

September 22nd, 2016 / CGIAR Roots, tubers and Bananas

Much of the cassava grown in developing countries is processed to produce starch or flour used as ingredients in an array of food products. As demand for those products grows, the cassava processing industry will play an increasingly important role for farmers and local economies. The CGIAR Research Program on …

Breakthrough in salt-tolerance in plants research

September 21st, 2016 / Phys.org

University of Adelaide researchers have made a breakthrough in investigating salt tolerance in plants which could lead to new salt tolerant varieties of crops, and also answer unresolved questions in plant biology. The researchers, also from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology and in collaboration with the …

Weather forecast for Southern Africa predicts good rainfall

September 20th, 2016 / bizcommunity, South Africa

The forecast for the 2016/17 cropping season in Southern Africa indicates that most parts of the region can expect adequate rainfall after two successive years of debilitating droughts. n the period October to December most of the region is expected to receive a high amount of rain, characterised as “normal …

The next green movement: plant biology for the environment and sustainability

September 19th, 2016 / Science, US

From domestication and breeding to the genetic engineering of crops, plants provide food, fuel, fibers, and feedstocks for our civilization. New research and discoveries aim to reduce the inputs needed to grow crops and to develop plants for environmental and sustainability applications. Faced with population growth and changing climate, the …

Smarter farming could cut hunger in drought-hit southern Africa

September 16th, 2016 / Thompson-Reuters

Southern African farmers facing hunger as a result of worsening drought know a lot about climate change but lack the resources to put solutions that work into place, agriculture and development researchers say.
That is in part because government agricultural extension services, which offer training and advice to farmers, have too …