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How solar power is bringing food security to Africa

November 25th, 2016 / The Ecologist, UK

Solar is most commonly known for its potential to transform the world’s energy supply. Solar farms are popping up all over the place, and costs continue to plummet. Only this month the International Energy Agency released figures showing that last year, around the world, half a million solar panels were …

How gene editing will change agriculture, including livestock rearing

November 23rd, 2016 / Successful Framing

Gene editing, led by the discovery of CRISPR-Cas, promises widespread, accelerated, and targeted discoveries. Areas of the genome linked to specific traits can now be precisely edited. Cut and paste, so to speak. Gene editing could eventually provide a catalog of options for farmers to order exactly what they need. …

Suggestions on current food challenges

November 22nd, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow and farmer Michael Ssali writes: Every year, 12 million hectares of land is degraded due to drought and desertification according to the 2016 Global Food Report.
The farmers who attended the second National Coffee Festival at Mandela National Stadium, Nambole, on November 4 were introduced to the Coffee Drought …

Africa aims for sustainable, resilient soil management to combat climate change

November 21st, 2016 / CCAFS, Denmark

Africa’s soils are under threat, especially due to climate change. But improved practices that conserve and maintain soils for future food and nutrition needs are taking root.
Leaders in the agricultural sector from across Africa gathered to support the movement From Science to Action on 13 November 2016, at an event …

Experts launch action plan to help African agriculture adapt to climate change

November 18th, 2016 / CCAFS, Denmark

Leading scientists and policymakers have come together at the COP22 climate talks in Marrakech to determine priorities for collective action that will help African agriculture to build resilience to climate change and feed the chronically food insecure continent.
“Six of the 10 countries most affected by climate change are in Africa …

Global ban on GM crops would raise food prices, add a billion tonnes of CO2 to atmosphere

November 16th, 2016 / ISAAA, US

A study conducted by researchers from Purdue University reveals that a global ban on genetically modified (GM) crops would raise food prices and add the equivalent of nearly a billion tonnes of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.
The researchers used a model to assess the economic and environmental value of GM …

How accessible, affordable seeds could boost African food production

November 15th, 2016 / News Diary, Nigeria

From B4FA Fellow, Abdallah el-Kurebe: Generally, seeds play important role in agriculture and food security. It is the primary pride of farmers, followed by fertilisers. This explains why government and other stakeholders should ensure timely seeds accessibility to ‎farmers.
If smallholder farmers’ access to modern seed varieties ‎is improved, we could …

Farmers must revise their methods to adjust to climate change

November 15th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow, Michael Ssali, writes: This year’s World Food Day was marked under the theme “Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.” All farmers must revise their methods of production and do some things differently. Most parts of Uganda have not received sufficient rain in recent months and farmers …

Researchers map out the chemical pathways that help plants cope with drought

November 14th, 2016 / Natural Science News, Panama

A team of researchers has pinpointed some of the mechanisms used by plants to cope with drought conditions. The discovery of the specific genes and proteins involved may help plant breeders develop crops better suited to changing conditions brought on by global warming. The details were just published in the …

African researchers develop drought-tolerant GMO maize variety

November 14th, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project

Maize is a staple food crop for millions of Africans. Despite this fact, African farmers have been harvesting average grain yield of not more than 2 t/ha while there is a potential of producing more than 10 t/ha. Drought is one of the major abiotic constraints contributing to this low …