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New project to help cocoa farmers tackle climate change

August 11th, 2015 / SciDev.net

B4FA Fellow Samuel Hinneh reports on a project based on applied climate science has been launched to help cocoa farmers in Ghana adapt to the effects of climate change. The project, which targets cocoa-based farming systems in Ghana, leverages existing value chain interventions and will translate climate science into actionable …

Ghana: improving maize yields

August 3rd, 2015 / Youtube.com

B4FA Fellow Yao Noah Nash reports: Some famers under the Integrated Agricultural Productivity Improvement and Marketing Project in the West Mamprusi district in the Northern Region have been taken through a maize demonstration farm to learn and adopt the best practices in maize cultivation to improve their farm yields.  See …

Working with farmers to climate-proof farms

July 24th, 2015 / Nature, UK

Around the world, scientists, farmers, agricultural companies and governments are struggling to make agricultural systems more ‘climate smart’, which will be necessary if they are to feed the ever-swelling global population. Some are working in the short term to make today’s farms more resilient. Others are looking further ahead to …

Makerere University sets up climate centre

July 22nd, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru reports on the establishment of a new centre, Climate Change Research and Innovations (Muccri), at one of Africa’s leading academic institutions, Makerere University.“The college is capable of building students’ capacity to reach out to farming communities affected by climate change. Mucrri intends to be the centre …

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 …