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Drought takes terrible toll in Ethiopia

November 10th, 2015 / BBC, UK

The United Nations has warned that more than 15 million people in Ethiopia will be in need of food aid by the beginning of 2016 because of a severe drought. A lack of rain has meant that crop yields in the worst-affected areas are down by 90% this year. The …

Ethiopia: Adopting biotechnology for agricultural improvement

October 19th, 2015 / Ethiopian Herald/AllAfrica

The Ethiopian government has accepted the adaptation of biotech to help boost agricultural productivity. This editorial calls for full support of Ethiopian agricultural researchers while urging care around biosafety, stating “The proper utilization of biotechnology has a power to revolutionize the nation’s agricultural endeavour.”
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Ethiopia: Research reveals indigenous crop varieties face danger

October 6th, 2015 / AllAfrica

Because of little attention given to indigenous crop varieties including teff, wheat and barley in favor of improved seed varieties, Ethiopia’s indigenous crops are facing a serious threat of extinction, according to research jointly conducted by the Ethiopian Biodiversity Institute (EBI) and the International Biodiversity Institute (IBI). Measures are being …

New hybrid finger millet released by Addis Ababa University

June 24th, 2015 / Farmbiz Africa

Cultivation of finger millet has over time been on a free fall in Ethiopia despite the immense nutritional benefits the crop has to humans. In most instances farmers have cited a lack of buoyant breeds. Now scientists have offered farmers a solution through provision of hybrid breeds. The scientists from …

Ethiopia: 52 of 100 seed varieties get approval

June 15th, 2015 / Addis Fortune, Ethiopia

The National Seed Approval Committee approved only 52 of the over 100 seed varieties submitted to it by federal and regional research institutions following their research which took as long as 12 years. Thirty-four of the varieties were developed at federally controlled research centres, while the rest were developed by …

Achieving food self sufficiency through increasing productivity on small-scale farms

May 18th, 2015 / The Ethiopian Herald

There are two ways that could help enhance agricultural productivity. One is by expanding mechanized farming in the vast areas which utilize hi-tech inputs such as employing tractors,pesticides,fertilizers and irrigated water as well as biotechnology. The other approach is achieving agricultural productivity within small scale farms by utilizing sufficient …