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GM may be needed to save the popular and nutritionally important Cavendish banana

July 17th, 2015 / Good Magazine, US

It may be a bitter pill to swallow for some, given society’s disdain for GMOs. But to preserve the Cavendish, the banana at large, and the millions of lives and livelihoods they are tied to it, as a society we might just have to learn to accept a genetically modified …

African nations pledge greater women’s involvement in agriculture programs

July 3rd, 2015 / NewsGhana

Policymakers and gender specialists from sub-Saharan Africa say that governments have prioritised enactment of new policies and laws to promote women’s involvement in agriculture value chains. African leaders have pledged support towards policy and financing incentives that enhance women’s participation in farming, and sub-Saharan African countries have agreed to achieve …

Pay attention to improving soil fertility

June 21st, 2015 / Leadership, Nigeria

Dr Nditoi Idem, the Head of Crop Science Department, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Uyo, has urged the government to pay more attention to improving soil fertility. He advised that applying both organic and inorganic fertiliser to the soil adequately could enrich it and boost production. Read …

Nigerian government releases 15 new crop varieties

June 19th, 2015 / Daily Trust, Nigeria

The federal government has approved for release 15 new varieties of hybrid crops for farmers to boost agriculture in the country. The crops were officially released at the National Centre for Genetic Resources and Biotechnology (NACGRAB), Ibadan. The new crop varieties included two elite upland rice variety (Faro 64 and …

App connects Kenyan farmers with climate-smart seeds

June 16th, 2015 / AllAfrica.com

A new app launched in Kenya could help millions of farmers adapt to climate change by offering information on the best seeds for changing growing conditions, agriculture experts said. The free “MbeguChoice” app is the first tool of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa, and was developed by a 25-year-old Kenyan …

Debating GMOs

May 24th, 2015 / MagicValley.com

“The anti-GMO movement has been more successful in undermining science than the anti-climate changers or the anti-vaccinators,” says Mark Lynas, GMO supporter Read …

Attack by two parasites reduces cattle death

May 12th, 2015 / Farmbiz Africa

A calf infected by two parasites of the same species is more likely to live and develop immunity against the deadly East Coast Fever than one attacked by a single parasite a new study says. The findings of the study which could offer real insights in understanding, and taming a …

New seed index encourages competition in Africa

March 27th, 2015 / African Farming and Food Processing

A new index — African Seed Access Index (TASAI) — has been developed to measure seed development and distribution to African farmers. TASAI is the first initiative of its kind, issuing detailed scorecards on Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Read …

Six B4FA Media Fellows get hands-on knowledge of biosciences in action

February 22nd, 2013

As part of their B4FA Media Fellowship, six fellows had the opportunity to make a field trip to Arusha, Tanzania on 18 February 2013 to visit three sites where science is being put into practice to help Tanzania’s farmers: a commercial tissue culture facility, the Selian Agricultural Research Institute (SARI …

Tanzanian journalists cultivate plant science curiosity

November 8th, 2012

Tanzanian journalists gathered in Arusha, Tanzania from 4-9 November 2012 to cultivate their knowledge about plant science and why it matters to smallholding farmers across their country through a series of insightful workshops and hands-on science experiments with leading experts from Tanzania, Europe and North America.  Over the course of …