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Food production efforts should include nutrition education

August 26th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow, Michael Ssali reports: A study, The Cost of Hunger in Africa, which was conducted in 2013 by the government, with support from African Union, revealed that Uganda loses Shs1.8tn ($899m) annually—or 5.6 per cent of GDP—due to the effects of malnutrition. Illnesses related to malnutrition cost the country …

Relating beauty to agriculture

August 12th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali reports: Conventionally, beautiful young women tend to be associated with white collar jobs and not with strenuous work in gardens. However the organisers of the 2015/2016 Miss Uganda contest did the unusual and yet most appropriate thing when they related it to farming. We were treated …

Video: Management of weeds in rice

August 10th, 2015 / Youtube.com

B4FA Fellow Noah Nash talks to weed scientist at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and the Savannah Agricultural Research Institute(CSIR-SARI) Michael Mawunya, who explains that proper land preparation is critical in weed management of rice fields. See …

I have been growing mushrooms for 20 years

August 6th, 2015 / Daily Monitor

Asenath Byaruhanga tells B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru about mushroom growing, how she tried a number of businesses before she settled for mushroom growing, how the business has grown and now involves her whole family.  See …

Giving agricultural skills to school pupils

July 23rd, 2015 / FarmBiz, Africa

Mwangaza Farmers Group Organization (MFAGRO) a local organization in Vihiga County has introduced practical agriculture lessons in public primary schools in the region in a bid to impart farming skills to the young generation, making them to actively participate in food production.  Read …

Growing mangoes to sustain school

July 15th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow, Michael Ssali reports on former headmaster Fred Kato Nsamba who is now growing mangoes, interplanted with cassava and maize to sustain a school and teach the young students about food and farming. Read …

Kenya: Mushroom farmer sets up school to boost exports

July 8th, 2015 / FarmBiz Africa

A farmer in Eldoret is earning Sh70,000 daily from mushroom cultivation, and is calling on farmers to be trained on cultivation as the export market grows. Mr. Daniel Rotich, who also works with the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Institute, worked with a fungi culture and mushroom cultivation agronomist to assist …

Yaya Toure: “Africa needs to invest in its youth, education and agriculture

July 3rd, 2015 / Nyasa Times, Malawi

Ivorean footballer Yaya Toure calls for African leaders to invest in youth, agriculture and education in order to alleviate hunger and eradicate poverty. “For [youth] to be the fuel for global progress they themselves need fuel: for their stomachs, and their minds.” Read …

Agriculture boot camp for Miss Uganda contestants increases awareness of ag technologies

July 2nd, 2015 / ISAAA

In a bid to promote agriculture and increase awareness of modern agricultural technologies, Miss Uganda beauty queen contestants were introduced to the field management of key crops, including cereals, legumes, root crops, and fruits. They were also introduced to crop improvement techniques, including biotechnology. The outgoing Miss Uganda 2014/15 Leah …

Strengthening STEM teaching in Africa

June 30th, 2015 / AfricanBrains.net

The African Union Commission (AUC) and the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at strengthening the teaching and learning of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) on the African continent. The signing took place at the headquarters of the African Union Commission in …