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Tambuwal Seeks Partnership With Bill Gates on Agriculture

July 19th, 2016 / NewsDiary Online, Nigeria

B4FA Fellow Abdallah el-Kurebe reports: Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state has sought for partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for the development of agriculture in the state. “I want to inform you that the potential inherent in agric sector in Sokoto is enormous. We seek partnership with …

UN urges La Niña preparedness in Africa

July 18th, 2016 / African Farming, UK

More than 60mn people have been affected by El Niño and many more are highly vulnerable to La Niña’s likely knock-on effect, a meeting of UN agencies at the FAO headquarters revealed. In wake of the devastating effects of El Niño, United Nations leaders called for combined efforts by governments …

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 …

US shitake-farmer volunteers work with oyster mushroom farmers in Ghana

July 15th, 2016 / AfricanBrains, Kenya

Under the auspices of USAID agency’s ACDI/VOCA Farmer-to-Farmer Program, Douglass and Dr. Sandra Williams of Lost Creek Mushroom Farm volunteered as mushroom experts in Ghana, West Africa. They trained mushroom farmers, set up a shiitake mushroom log production research project, and pursued plans for a spawn (mushroom seed material) laboratory …

Ethiopia: Utilizing technology to increase productivity of crop farming

July 15th, 2016 / The Ethiopian Herald

Using biotechnology boosts productivity. Though the agricultural sector has been dominated by small scale type, the productivity of the sector has been increasing as a result of using the agricultural technologies. The utilization of agricultural inputs such as fertilizer, pest, herbicides and irrigation plays considerable role in improving productivity. See …

Tanzania: field trials in progress to control toxins in food crops

July 15th, 2016 / AllAfrica.com

Researchers in Tanzania are conducting field trials in four regions on biological control of aflatoxins, namely Aflasafe, following a study in 2012, which showed high prevalence of the toxic compounds in maize and groundnuts in many parts of the country. Aflatoxins has been linked to the recent outbreak of a …

Researchers identify characteristics improving bean’s resistance to drought

July 14th, 2016 / ISAAA, US

Researchers from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in Spain and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Colombia have identified drought-resistant genotypes and the morpho-physiological characteristics that make beans resistant to drought. The study revealed that a strategic combination of characteristics is the key to success in genetic improvement of …

Africa not for sissies, especially agriculture

July 14th, 2016 / Bizcommunity.com

“We sit with an ironic situation where Africa is the continent with 46% of the world’s underutilised land, the bulk of the ground water resources and the best climate for agriculture production in the world – yet our farmers are the poorest and the smallest,” said Dr. Theo De Jager, …

Africa’s food problems and Europe’s new position

July 14th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali writes: A lot has been going on in Europe beyond the much-debated Brexit. On June 7, the European Parliament adopted a report that calls on G7 countries not to support production of Genetically Modified (GM) crops in Africa. The report, presented by Mara Heubuch, a Member …

Canola genetically engineered to produce commercially relevant amounts of omega-3 fatty acids

July 12th, 2016 / Genetic Experts, US

Scientists from Dow AgroSciences have for the first time genetically engineered canola, a widely grown oilseed crop, to produce commercially relevant amounts of omega-3 fatty acids. Results from field trials of the canola engineered with omega-3 fatty acid producing genes from marine microalgae are reported in Nature Biotechnology. The omega-3 …