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First drought-resilient, high iron beans for Uganda released

September 5th, 2016 / CIAT, Colombia

Five new bean varieties bred with high iron and resilience to the impacts of drought have been released in Uganda for the first time. The varieties – co-developed by the National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI), the Rwandan Agricultural Board (RAB) and CIAT through HarvestPlus – were released as part …

Are drought-resistant crops in Africa the tech fix they’re cracked up to be?

September 5th, 2016 / The Guardian, UK

Biotech companies and non-profits are investing heavily in drought-resistant crops, but doubts remain over whether they are the best option for farmers. See …

Water for sustainable growth: how biotech crops are one solution

September 1st, 2016 / Forbes Magazine, US

Every day, our farmers are using new tools and technology to do more with less so they can solve for water efficiency. “For farmers, water represents balance. Not enough and our crops won’t grow. Too much, and they will drown and we will lose nutrients as they flow away.” Drought …

How to ensure Africa’s irrigation boom benefits everyone

August 31st, 2016 / GFAR, Italy

Napandaela is a 63-year-old woman living in small village in northeastern Tanzania. Speaking of competition over water among villagers, she says: “In the face of water scarcity, upstream users and powerful individuals take as much water as they can and leave little for others.” Napandaela, a former chairperson of the …

Satellites and high-tech solutions help African farmers face historic drought:

August 30th, 2016 / Your is.com, Belgium

African and European researchers are employing high-tech water management research methods to help low-tech South African smallholders improve food security. Additionally, extremely high levels of Microcystin toxicity and uranium contamination in important river systems spark calls for extra research on bioaccumulation through the human food chain. See …

What to avoid in sustaining soil fertility

August 24th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Henry Michael Ssali writes: Anybody that plans to go into crop production should consider acquiring land whose soil holds sufficient plant nutrients and has the potential to keep enough water for the crops to grow well. Good soil is important because it is the main medium that supports …

International research makes breakthrough on highly drought-resistant rice and wheat

July 25th, 2016 / Science Daily, US

International research led by The Australian National University (ANU) has found how plants, such as rice and wheat, sense and respond to extreme drought stress, in a breakthrough that could lead to the development of next-generation drought-proof crops. See …

Scientists to release drought resistant groundnut varieties

July 25th, 2016 / Youtube.com

B4FA Fellow Omugoogoofu Tyaba: Ugandan scientists have developed a new variety of ground nuts that is resistant to drought and the deadly rosette vectors that cause 100% crop failure.The new variety, which is yet to be given a market name by the National Semi – Arid resources Research Institute (NaSARRI), …

Going to groundwater to transform African agriculture

July 22nd, 2016 / AllAfrica.com

Callist Tindimugaya argues that the water beneath Africans’ feet could transform the continent’s agricultural production, but only if it is managed wisely. See …

Grasses suppress shoot-borne roots to conserve water during drought

July 20th, 2016 / PNAS Online, US

Grasses, whose members constitute key food and bioenergy crops worldwide, use unique developmental programs to establish the root system from the shoot. Shoot-borne crown roots originate near the soil surface and provide the main conduits through which the plant takes up water and nutrients. We show that crown root development …