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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 …

GM crops designed to enhance productivity & farm efficiency

June 7th, 2016 / The Eagle, Nigeria

The National Biotechnology Development Agency says genetically modified crops are meant to have a positive impact on farm income due to enhanced production and efficiency on the farm. The Director-General of the agency, Prof. Lucy Ugbado, made this known on when she featured on the News Agency of Nigeria Forum …

Scientist support for the adoption of GMOs

June 7th, 2016 / News Ghana

According to the scientists, Ghana must also consider mainstreaming biotechnology into its crop and animal improvement plans to guarantee sustainable food security for the populace. They cautioned that, “If in 10 years time we don’t invest in biotechnology we will face a lot of problems” in terms of food security. …