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Children bear brunt of southern Africa’s devastating drought

April 26th, 2016 / The Guardian, UK

Chidyamakondo high school, near Masvingo in southern Zimbabwe, has won the national girls’ football championships three years in a row. But that cherished record – and far, far more – is now at risk. “Students are fainting, struggling to concentrate in lessons, dropping out of school … we’re having to …

Farmers endorse biotechnology

April 26th, 2016 / The Nation, Nigeria

The President of the All Farmers’ Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Kabiru Ibrahim, has expressed his group’s support for the introduction of agricultural biotechnology. He spoke yesterday during the 2016 National Agricultural Show in Keffi, Nasarawa State. Ibrahim said: “Farmers are in support of biotechnology but briefcase farmers are …

Business opportunity: Africa needs more wheat growers

April 23rd, 2016 / Afkinsider, US

African countries spends nearly $15 billion annually importing wheat to meet their domestic demand as local producers cannot match the requirement, experts attending a four day agriculture research conference have said. According to a 2012 research report by non-profit International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, sub-Saharan Africa only produce 10 …

Sub-Saharan Africa feeding itself after years of improving crop varieties

April 23rd, 2016 / Virginia Tech News, US

In regions of Africa, agricultural productivity is increasing and people are thriving. Overall, the prevalence of hunger declined by 30 percent between the early 1990s and 2015, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization. Investments in agricultural research are helping to alleviate crippling food shortages that racked the continent in …

The next generation of GMO food is here, and it’s technically not a GMO

April 21st, 2016 / Business Insider, UK

In a letter released to the public on Monday, chemical giant DuPont Pioneer announced plans to market the first crop that uses a type of precise genetic modification called CRISPR-Cas9. DuPont is the fourth-largest chemical corporation in the world, and it wants to see the product — a hybrid type …

Invasive weed worries sorghum farmers

April 21st, 2016 / Youtube.com

From Uganda B4FA Fellow, Tyaba Abubakar reports: The onset of the March – May rain season in most parts of the country has seen farmers sowing seeds in anticipation of fruitful harvests. But for most sorghum growers around the country, their hopes hang in the balance over a rise in …

Labana Rice Mills, a reliable partner – USAID

April 19th, 2016 / elkurebedotcom

B4FA Fellow, Abdallah el-Kurebe reports: USAID Markets II declared Labana Rice Mills, among other rice millers in Nigeria, as a reliable partner for sustainable economic growth. Experts from the Agency, led by the Director of Economic Growth and Environment, Mr. Nduka Okaro are undergoing assessment tours to ascertain the Agency’s impact …

New alliance will help African agri-businesses

April 18th, 2016 / Cambridge News, UK

Africa’s agriculture sector presents vast opportunities for socioeconomic development. With a world population increasing by a further two billion by 2050, global food production must double. However, investment in sub-Saharan African remains a fraction of what is needed. One of the main obstacles has been the lack of reliable information …

Farmers tipped on using E-tags to determine seed quality

April 18th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

The USAID Feed the Future Uganda programme is training farmers on how to use electronic branding technology to identify genuine seeds and agro-inputs. Speaking at the Kakasa national farmers competition finals last week in Kampala, Dr Rita Ojok Laker, the country chief of party, said the special electronic branding allows …

Smallholder farmers introduced to Purdue Improved Crop Storage bags

April 18th, 2016 / Youtube.com

B4FA Fellow Noah Nash reports: Farmers in the East Mamprusi District in the Northern Region have been introduced to a new storage sack aimed at improving crop storage. The Purdue Improved Crop Storage sack is also to help reduce post harvest losses associated with storage of farm produce after harvesting. …