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Going to groundwater to transform African agriculture

July 22nd, 2016 / AllAfrica.com

Callist Tindimugaya argues that the water beneath Africans’ feet could transform the continent’s agricultural production, but only if it is managed wisely. See …

African farmers say they can feed the world

July 22nd, 2016 / Quartz Africa

With 60-65% of the world’s uncultivated arable land and 10% of renewable freshwater resources, Africa’s immense agricultural potential has long been a keen point of discussion among agronomists and global decision-makers. After a 160% increase in African agricultural output over the past 30 years, many elements of the continent’s food …

How we can help reduce the spread of Banana Bacterial Wilt

July 20th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali writes: Banana Bacterial Wilt (BBW) is an incurable disease that kills banana plants. It is a big threat to food security in Uganda, where bananas are a major food crop and where an estimated 75 per cent of farmers are engaged in banana production. Uganda is …

UN urges La Niña preparedness in Africa

July 18th, 2016 / African Farming, UK

More than 60mn people have been affected by El Niño and many more are highly vulnerable to La Niña’s likely knock-on effect, a meeting of UN agencies at the FAO headquarters revealed. In wake of the devastating effects of El Niño, United Nations leaders called for combined efforts by governments …

Tanzania to get mobile apps for soil testing

July 18th, 2016 / African Farming, UK

Kenya-based Capture Solutions has announced plans to extend its business to Tanzania by introducing various mobile phone applications, including the use of mobile phone applications that help farmers in improving their productivity levels. See …

US shitake-farmer volunteers work with oyster mushroom farmers in Ghana

July 15th, 2016 / AfricanBrains, Kenya

Under the auspices of USAID agency’s ACDI/VOCA Farmer-to-Farmer Program, Douglass and Dr. Sandra Williams of Lost Creek Mushroom Farm volunteered as mushroom experts in Ghana, West Africa. They trained mushroom farmers, set up a shiitake mushroom log production research project, and pursued plans for a spawn (mushroom seed material) laboratory …

Ethiopia: Utilizing technology to increase productivity of crop farming

July 15th, 2016 / The Ethiopian Herald

Using biotechnology boosts productivity. Though the agricultural sector has been dominated by small scale type, the productivity of the sector has been increasing as a result of using the agricultural technologies. The utilization of agricultural inputs such as fertilizer, pest, herbicides and irrigation plays considerable role in improving productivity. See …

Researchers identify characteristics improving bean’s resistance to drought

July 14th, 2016 / ISAAA, US

Researchers from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in Spain and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Colombia have identified drought-resistant genotypes and the morpho-physiological characteristics that make beans resistant to drought. The study revealed that a strategic combination of characteristics is the key to success in genetic improvement of …

Southern Africa facing acute food insecurity

July 14th, 2016 / IOL, South Africa

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET) says a “higher than normal” number of people are already facing acute food insecurity in six Southern African countries and warns that the number could rise to nearly 17 million by March 2017 after three consecutive disastrous crop farming seasons. In its latest …

Africa not for sissies, especially agriculture

July 14th, 2016 / Bizcommunity.com

“We sit with an ironic situation where Africa is the continent with 46% of the world’s underutilised land, the bulk of the ground water resources and the best climate for agriculture production in the world – yet our farmers are the poorest and the smallest,” said Dr. Theo De Jager, …