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Africa should focus on food security

September 20th, 2016 / The Standard, Kenya

We have a long way to go in our journey towards food security. Even we seem to be slowly but surely turning the tide on the perception that farming is one of those things we only do when we are approaching our twilight years, we are nowhere close to achieving …

Stronger food businesses, better food security

September 19th, 2016 / TechnoServe, US

Not long ago, HOME Oil, a small cooking oil manufacturer in southern Malawi, was in trouble. Without the necessary food safety certifications, the company’s products were unable to break into local markets. To keep the business afloat, its owner was covering operating expenses out of his own pocket.
The struggles of …

Investment in agriculture yields growth gains

September 19th, 2016 / CPAfrica, Nigeria

African countries that took early action to invest in agriculture have reaped the rewards enjoying higher economic growth and a bigger drop in malnutrition with productivity on existing farmlands increasing by 5.9% to 6.7% a year. See …

Smarter farming could cut hunger in drought-hit southern Africa

September 16th, 2016 / Thompson-Reuters

Southern African farmers facing hunger as a result of worsening drought know a lot about climate change but lack the resources to put solutions that work into place, agriculture and development researchers say.
That is in part because government agricultural extension services, which offer training and advice to farmers, have too …

African livestock breeds in trouble of extinction

September 16th, 2016 / African Farming, UK

FoodTank have released a scathing report on the state of many of Africa’s cattle breeds. The not-for-profit has recently released a list of 35 species which are about to become extinct. In addition to this, according to the U.N Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), close to 17 per cent of …

Maize genetics may show how crops adapt to climate change

September 16th, 2016 / phys.org

With the onset of climate change and changes in irrigation, adapting food crops to grow in diverse environments could help feed the world. Now University of California, Davis, scientists are leading a major new project, funded by the National Science Foundation with $4.1 million over five years, to study genetic …

Uganda: Shortage of drought-resistant maize seed as farmers despair

September 15th, 2016 / AllAfrica.com

Newly-released drought-tolerant hybrid maize seed has reportedly run out of stock from the eight supplier-companies–except one–contracted to multiply and market it, Seeds of Gold has exclusively learnt.
The stock-out, which comes ahead of the second planting season, has raised concern across the farming community.
Farmers are also bracing themselves against any dry …

Dr. Kanayo F. Nwanze awarded the inaugural Africa Food Prize

September 15th, 2016 / Ventures Africa

Dr. Nwanze is to be recognized for his exceptional leadership in putting Africa’s smallholder farmers at the center of the global agricultural agenda. The Africa Food Prize Committee, chaired by Olusegun Obasanjo, acknowledges Nwanze´s courage in tasking African leaders to go beyond promising promises of development, to delivering it. See …

African countries that invested in agriculture improved their production

September 15th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali writes: “A report released early this month by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) has indicated that the countries which paid intense attention to farmers and food production in the past ten years have achieved the most successful development in African history.
“The countries …

Why boosting legume production will lift the gloom for African farmers

September 14th, 2016 / The Conversation, UK

Africa has the lowest use of nitrogen on its farmland compared to other regions of the world. This is because smallholder farmers have limited financial resources to buy fertilisers. Nitrogen is one of the most essential nutrients needed by plants for their growth, development and reproduction. Yet it is depleted …