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Involvement of youth in agriculture key to food security

June 17th, 2016 / Leadership, Nigeria

The importance of youths in the nation’s economy cannot be undermined because of their population. National records show that the youths make up over 50 per cent of the total 160-180 million total population, while their successes in various strata’s have shown that their innovative skills in the use of …

Experts to seek remedies for post-harvest losses

June 16th, 2016 / AllAfrica.com

There is an urgent need to improve large-scale grain and produce storage in Africa to reduce food losses to protect consumers from the serious health consequences of high aflatoxin levels, experts have said. Philippe Villers, the president of GrainPro, a US-based green “not-only-for-profit” company, said proper drying of grains …

Efforts to keep grasshoppers, crickets on farm

June 16th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael J Ssali reports: Grasshoppers are a much-sought delicacy, especially in central Uganda and many people look forward to eating them during particular seasons of the year—April to May and November to December. But grasshoppers are not farmed insects; to most people, it is not quite clear where …

The next ‘green revolution’ should focus on hunger – not profit

June 15th, 2016 / The Conversation, UK

There are urgent appeals for a second green revolution to make food more sustainable, involving climate-adapted crops (some genetically-modified), healthier soil and reduced chemical inputs. Sadly, however, incentives on offer for agri-tech firms may mean our hopes of achieving such a revolution are under grave threat. Read …

Started small, Ssenyondo is now big time

June 15th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

Frank Ssenyondo is one of the young entrepreneurs in Mpugwe, Kiwanyizi village in Masaka District. The 30-year-old is a farmer and owns Kategula model farm that occupies a four-acre piece of land.
When he finished school, like any fresh graduate, Ssenyondo went out on a search for jobs. “As many were …

African agri-business needs investment

June 14th, 2016 / World Bulletin, Turkey

Agriculture in Africa has not only suffered from underinvestment and limited research but also from a lack of technology and services for farmers, according to experts.
Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU) President Evelyn Nguleka told Anadolu Agency unless agricultural practices change “the entire African continent is at risk of falling into …

National Academies report on gene drives recommends field trials but not environmental release

June 14th, 2016 / Genes, US

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has published a report on the responsible use of gene drives; techniques which ensure a gene spreads through a population, often using CRISPR-based gene editing. The report reviews the basic science, ethical and social considerations, and governance models of gene drives. In …

Scientists in intensive research effort to eliminate swine fever

June 14th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru writes: Scientists from Makerere University have embarked on a study to analyze the African Swine Fever (ASF), a disease which infects domestic pigs and those in the wild which is a major challenge to farmers raring the animal. The scientists are conducting this research in order …

Agriculture challenges facing Africa’s food systems

June 13th, 2016 / Geeskaafrika.com

Every day – all around the world – farmers face the same common threats to their productivity and livelihood. In Africa, however, the challenges go beyond damaging weather, pests and disease. Farmers at all scales of production need access to the inputs required to produce a successful crop – high-yielding …

“Leave Africa alone”

June 10th, 2016 / Global Farmer Network,

An open letter from a Kenyan farmer to the EU Parliament: ” … Instead of ordering Africans to abandon science, Europeans should listen to what their own scientists say: The European Commission and the World Health Organization both have vouched for the safety of GMOs. So has the National Academy …