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Using agriculture and agribusiness to bring about industrialisation in Africa

May 10th, 2017 / The Africa Report

No region of the world has ever moved to industrialised economy status without a transformation of the agricultural sector. Agriculture, which contributes 16.2% of the GDP of Africa, and gives some form of employment to over 60% of the population, holds the key to accelerated growth, diversification and job creation …

How ancient crops could counteract climate change effects

May 7th, 2017 / Phys.org

Farmers who grow single crops are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, but now researchers are resurrecting ancient crop varieties to encourage diversity and offset the risks of extreme weather.
Intensively growing single crops for commercial purposes is the most common farming practice in Europe. These so-called cash crops …

Huge opportunities in agriculture and agribusiness for graduate African youths

May 7th, 2017 / AfDB.org

There are huge business opportunities for graduated African youths in agriculture and agribusiness. That’s was the consensus of the two-day African Youth Agripreneurs Forum held in Ibadan, Nigeria, from April 25-26, 2017.
However, helping African youths to invest in agricultural production and the agricultural value chain is all too often discussed …

If we develop Africa’s bioeconomy it will be as transformative for us as digital has been

May 7th, 2017 / Quartz Africa

The late 20th century was a period of unprecedented advancement in information and communications technology. The rapid adoption of mobile phones in Africa laid the groundwork for a digital economy.
According to a new study by the Stockholm Environment Institute, Creating Sustainable Bioeconomies: The Bioscience Revolution in Europe and Africa, new …

Modified soybeans yield more in future climate conditions

May 5th, 2017 / Phys.org

By 2050, we will need to feed 2 billion more people on less land. Meanwhile, carbon dioxide levels are predicted to hit 600 parts per million—a 150% increase over today’s levels—and 2050 temperatures are expected to frequently match the top 5% hottest days from 1950-1979. In a three-year field study, …

Kenya launch drought-tolerant crop varieties to boost food security

April 28th, 2017 / Coastweek.com

Kenya’s ministry of agriculture on Tuesday launched several drought resistant and high yielding crop varieties to be deployed in 21 arid and semi arid counties where hunger and malnutrition is rampant.
Principal Secretary for Livestock, Andrew Tuimur said the drought tolerant crops including beans, green grams, cassava and grain amaranth will …

‘Southern Africa must boost irrigation infrastructure’

April 28th, 2017 / The Herald, South Africa

Zimbabwe and the southern Africa region should take advantage of the recent good rains to beef up its irrigation infrastructure, tapping into the vast water bodies in order to increase yields and global competitiveness in agriculture.
Irrigation industry expert Edwin Mungure who is also Sales and Marketing manager at Almin Metal Industries said; …

South Africa: SUNfarming technology spells good news for food security

April 27th, 2017 / AllAfrica.com

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana has commended a farming project, which harnesses the power of the sun to grow vegetables.
The Minister visited the SUNfarming project, situated at the North West University in Potchefstroom, on Tuesday.
The solar powered vegetable growing project was born from a partnership between SUNfarming and …

Preserve indigenous crops

April 26th, 2017 / AllAfrica.com

The Assistant Minister of Agricultural Development and Food Security Mr Kgotla Autlwetse has called on farmers to retrace their steps and start planting indigenous field crops alongside open pollinated and hybrid ones.
He raised a concern that indigenous field crops seemed to be disappearing and they needed to be preserved for …

“Anti-GMO campaigners ‘play politics’ with food security and poverty, delaying sustainable farming”

April 20th, 2017 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Prof. Benjamin Ubi, [president of the Biotechnology Society of Nigeria] says the adoption of biotechnology will facilitate sustainable agricultural production in the country. He said that the adoption of biotechnology applications was the panacea to the current food challenges facing the country.
“Biotechnology, including genetic engineering and production of Genetically Modified …