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Are you anti-GMO? Then you’re anti-science, too.

May 9th, 2018 / Washington Post, US

n keeping with our era of ideological boycotts, I will no longer be purchasing Kind bars. Or Barilla pasta. Or Triscuit crackers. Or Del Monte diced tomatoes. Or Nutro dog food.
A one-person boycott, of course, is really just a change in your shopping list. But the companies that produce these …

Banana21: from gene discovery to deregulated golden bananas

May 9th, 2018 / Frontiers in Plant Science

Uganda is a tropical country with a population in excess of 30 million, more than 80% of whom live in rural areas. Bananas (Musa spp.) are the staple food of Uganda with the East African Highland banana, a cooking banana, the primary starch source. Unfortunately, these bananas are low in …

Exploring the best tactics to combat fall armyworm outbreaks in Africa

May 8th, 2018 / The Conversation

Cereal farmers across Sub-Saharan Africa are experiencing heavy losses due to the devastation by an invasive pest: the Fall army worm – Spodoptera frugiperda. In Africa it has caused huge losses to staple cereals, especially maize and sorghum, affecting food security and trade. Damage to maize alone is estimated to …

Soil pollution and its effects

May 8th, 2018 / Farmers Review Africa

Soil pollution poses a big threat to agricultural productivity, food safety, and human health. Unfortunately, according to a new FAO report released earlier on this week, far too little is known about the scale and severity of that threat. Regrettably, soil is a finite resource. This means its loss and …

Scientists develop disease surveillance system framework to improve food security

May 8th, 2018 / Nws Ghana

Agricultural scientists announced Wednesday they have developed a framework for Global Surveillance System (GSS) for crop diseases to help improve food security globally.
Roger Day, Sanitary and Phytosanitary coordinator at the Centre for Agricultural and Biosciences International (CABI), said surveillance is a key component for effective prevention, early detection and rapid …

Africa struggles for weapons against armyworm curse

May 8th, 2018 / The Strats Times, Singapore

On farms across Africa, a seemingly innocuous brown and beige caterpillar is waging a silent war, devastating rural incomes and posing a major threat to the continent’s food supply.
In just two years, the so-called fall armyworm has colonised three-quarters of Africa, according to the British-based Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences …

Why farmers always buy seed

May 8th, 2018 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

By B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali
Traditionally when a farmer harvested a crop some of it would be saved as seed for planting in the next rain season.
When a farmer noticed that a neighbour had good beans, he would request for some to plant.
Farmers select seed for different reasons such as …

Kenya ranks high in transforming agriculture

May 8th, 2018 / Daily Nation, Kenya

The Africa Union last week launched the first-ever African Agricultural Transformation Scorecard in Libreville, Gabon, evaluating progress of nations in the continent towards achieving commitments of the 2014 Malabo Declaration.
The report ranks Kenya eight out of the 47 AU member states that submitted their progress status. The country scored 4.8 …

Farming with a green thumb

May 8th, 2018 / dw.com

Over the years [email protected] has looked into different and creative ways of farming. Here are five ideas that struck a chord and have the possibility to change lives in Africa and across the globe. Read …

Genetic engineering applied to agriculture has a long row to hoe

May 3rd, 2018 / GM Crops and Food

In spite of the lack of scientific justification for skepticism about crops modified with molecular techniques of genetic engineering, they have been the most scrutinized agricultural products in human history. The assumption that “genetically engineered” or “genetically modified” is a meaningful – and dangerous – classification has led to excessive …