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As the battle against climate change intensifies, farmers find relief in agricultural innovations

September 20th, 2018 / Medium.com

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) just released its 2018 State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI) report. Two alarming facts immediately stand out.
First, for the third straight year — and after a long period of decline — the number of undernourished people in the world has …

Viewpoint: No, wild bees haven’t been decimated by neonicotinoids, glyphosate

September 20th, 2018 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Bees and pesticides (and not just insecticides) have been the focus of activists and scientists alike, particularly since a 2006-2008 wave of Colony Collapse Disorder, during which millions of domestic honeybees disappeared.
For a few years, environmental groups like the Sierra Club and Natural Resources Defense Council claimed that insecticides, particularly …

How African youth are leveraging ICTs to tap into Africa’s agribusiness market

September 20th, 2018 / The New Times, Rwanda

Though Africa has the world’s youngest population with 60 per cent being under 35 years old, Africa Development Bank (AfDB) statistics show that the average age of farmers in Africa is 60 years.
This is with 420 million youth aged 15-35 and this segment of the population is expected to double …

Towards food Security in NIgeria

September 19th, 2018 / Stears Business

Nigerians need more food than is currently produced and imported into the country. Food demand is higher than the food supply in Nigeria, and so we are unable to meet our food needs. Although agricultural productivity has risen, it has been outpaced by population growth, insecurity, and climate change. As …

Kenyan scientists concerned perceptions on GMOs may slow down GM crops commercialization

September 19th, 2018 / ISAAA, US

Kenyan scientists have expressed their concern that negative perceptions tied to genetically modified organism (GMOs) could be detrimental in commercializing GM crops in the country. Speaking during a cassava stakeholder study tour to GM cassava research confined field trial (CFT) site in the country’s coastal region, the scientists dismissed any …

Sharing China’s agricultural experience to help solve Africa’s development challenges

September 19th, 2018 / China.org

Agricultural cooperation was one of the main topics at the recently held 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). Helping Africa achieve general food security by 2030 was highlighted at the summit.
It was also proposed that China work with African countries to formulate and implement a …

Why extension service is key to farmers

September 18th, 2018 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali writes:
Although about 75 per cent of households in Uganda are involved in agriculture and most of our exports are from agriculture, our farmers lack sufficient guidance in farming practices to develop the sector.
We provide free seed to farmers and we talk about food security and wealth …

With ‘worm juice,’ Kenya’s farmers boost their soil – and harvests

September 18th, 2018 / AllAfrica.com

Prolonged drought and storm-related flooding have combined to erode fertile soils in rural parts of Kenya
Stooped over a large plastic drum at his farm in southwestern Kenya, Josphat Macharia scoops up a handful of dirt and examines the worms writhing in his grip.
Satisfied, he replaces the worms and covers them …

New technologies key to reforming Africa’s agriculture sector

September 17th, 2018 / Africa Times

Can drones save sub-Saharan Africa from starvation?
That’s the question being asked by scientists, engineers, climatologists and politicians as climate change radically alters weather patterns and temperatures on the African continent, posing new challenges to a sector that is being asked to feed a rapidly growing population while simultaneously adapting to …

How a technology scaled up to reach millions

September 17th, 2018 / Perdue University

Why do we turn on our radios? For music, entertainment and maybe for news, if we’re feeling virtuous. Hardly anyone in the United States would say they turn on their radios for the advertisements. But if you’re a farmer in Eastern or Western Africa, a radio advertisement could be the …