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Would greenhouse gas emissions increase dramatically if GMOs banned?

August 5th, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project

What would the impact be of a global ban on GMO foods? That’s exactly the question Wally Tyner, a professor at Purdue University, set out to answer recently. The results are probably not what you might expect. See …

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 …

AGRA project seeks to cut African farmers post-harvest losses

August 1st, 2016 / News Ghana

The project, implemented by the AGRA and funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) at a cost of US$ 2.155 million will support applied research to bring effective, field-tested innovations for reducing post-harvest loss of soybeans and cowpeas to thousands of smallholder farmers in Mozambique and Burkina Faso on …

Reduce the use of herbicides in yam production, caution scientists

July 29th, 2016 / Youtube.com

B4FA Fellow, Noah Nash reports from Ghana: A Yam breeder with the Savannah Agricultural Research Institute (SARI, Dr. Emmanuel Chambas has urged yam growers in the northern region to minimise the use of chemical in the production of yam set for the export market. See …

Agricultural development also supports science, technology

July 29th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow, Michael Ssali writes: Today’s farmer has different challenges from those before the onset of climate change and eruption of crop diseases, which threaten to wipe out major food and cash crops.
We expect our leaders to be climate smart and to pay more attention to agricultural research and its …

Working to boost sorghum production

July 29th, 2016 / Ethiopian Herald

Ethiopia’s Institute National Sorghum Research Coordination Head Dr. Taye Taddesse said Ethiopia is working on sorghum development through research and providing fast maturing seeds and other technical support to farmers. Currently, 10 000 farmers in Tigray, Amhara, Oromia and SNNP states are benefiting from the Institute’s support.
He said the institute …

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 …

Uganda’s president call for adoption of GM crops

July 28th, 2016 / ISAAA, US

While officially opening the 24th edition of the Annual National Agricultural and Trade Show on July 14, 2016, President Yoweri Museveni analyzed what confuses Ugandans about GM technology, which involves transferring genes from one plant into another plant of economic interest, and to impart better qualities in the crop. …

Tackling Uganda’s Banana Crisis

July 27th, 2016 / Crop Life International, Belgium

The banana is a very important part of the Ugandan diet with 70 percent of the population eating the fruit every day. However, as Banana Bacterial Wilt is devastating banana crops across the country, eradicating the disease has become a major focus for Uganda’s government, scientists and industry. Plant …

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 …