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Africa: ending hunger – 3 things that need to happen after the Paris Agreement

February 19th, 2016 / World Food Programme

The World Food Programme’s vision is to eradicate hunger by 2030, a bold aim in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs require us to leave nobody behind and to meet the needs of those furthest behind first. The Paris Agreement, reached at COP 21 in Paris, prioritizes those most …

UN agency urges focus on rural development

February 19th, 2016 / UN.org

Recognizing that rural development plays a fundamental role in stabilizing communities and reducing migration and conflict, senior government officials have renewed their commitment at a United Nations conference in Rome to invest in smallholder agriculture and reduce poverty in developing countries. “By working together to deliver on the Sustainable Development …

Stakeholders concerned about whitefly pest

February 15th, 2016 / All Africa.com

Over 100 members of the panel for agricultural research from 23 countries have met today in Arusha to discuss ways to tackle the whitefly species known to cause crop losses. The pest fly which carries and spread disease is a major threat to global food production. According to research …

Nigeria: Why We Developed Drought Resistant Crops – Professor Izge

February 12th, 2016 / AllAfrica.com

Usman Adamu Izge is a Professor of Agriculture with specialty in genetic and crop breeding at Federal University Dutse, Jigawa State. In this interview, he speaks on why he carried out research on breeding a drought resistant variety of groundnut. Read …

Biofortification: New ‘green revolution’ for more nutritious crops

February 12th, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Plant breeders and biotechnologists are working on a new Green Revolution to make crops produce more nutrients, a process called biofortification. Recently, several new biofortified crops have been in the news: an orange ‘super banana’ genetically engineered to produce elevated levels of beta-carotene currently undergoing human testing in Iowa; …

Africa: UN drive to lift up poor farmers must focus on climate

February 11th, 2016 / AllAfrica.com

A new push to give farmers in developing countries better access to markets, led by the United Nations’ food aid agency, could fall short of its goals if it does not prioritise helping poor farmers adapt to climate change, experts have warned. Aimed at boosting incomes and improving food …

UN FAO warns of threat to food security from overuse of antibiotics

February 11th, 2016 / UN News

The overuse of antibiotics and other antimicrobial agents is impacting rural livelihoods and food security, and requires globally coordinated efforts, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today. “Antimicrobial resistance is a global threat that in this inter-connected world cannot be solved in Europe alone,” Ms. Semedo, FAO …

Scientists make breakthrough in blight-resistant Irish potatoes

February 10th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru reports: National Agricultural Research Organisation (Naro) is in the process of breeding Irish Potato varieties that are resistant to late blight, a fungal disease ravaging the crop in farmers’ fields across the country. Read …

Four African agricultural start-ups leading the field

February 5th, 2016 / CNN, US

As The World Bank recently reported, food production in sub-Saharan Africa needs to increase by 60 percent over the next 15 years to feed a growing population. But with the challenges to improve production, come new opportunities. Women across the continent are taking matters into their own hands, and kick-starting …

Local scientists creating global impacts in agriculture

February 2nd, 2016 / SciDev.net, UK

Nina Dudnik writes “In a three-room lab outside Nairobi, Kenya, cutting-edge science is meeting time-honoured farming practices. Steven Runo, a senior lecturer with a specialisation in molecular biology, and his colleagues at Kenyatta University are using the tools of modern molecular biology to overcome constraints of growing maize, sorghum and …