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Disturbing contrasts in African agriculture

August 20th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali reports: In the preface to Africa Development Report 2014, Kofi Annan, wrote: “The unacceptable reality is that too many African farmers still use methods handed down from generation to generation, working their lands or grazing their animals much as their ancestors have done for millennia. Africa …

Can organic farming sustainably feed the developing world?

August 19th, 2015 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

A recent new paper published in the journal Sustainable Agriculture Research examines results from six experiments comparing organic and conventional farming methods. The long-term experiments showed an increase in soil health, productivity, water quality and economic benefits for farmers when they employed organic systems. “These results suggest that organic …

Gene therapy for a changing climate

August 19th, 2015 / Can we feed the world?

Supporting smallholder farmers to better adapt to climate change and build their resilience to a variety of risks – weather-related or not – can be done in a variety of ways. For example, better access to finance can enable farmers to invest more in their farms; better training can …

Uganda: Farmers can benefit from fabricated farm machinery

August 13th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru reports: Scientists at Agricultural Engineering and Appropriate Technology Research Institute, Namalere (AEATRI) are making a number of agricultural tools, which they are encouraging farmers to adopt for better output.The tools being promoted fit under different programmes at the institute; energy engineering, water harvesting and storage, soil …

Bt cotton necessary to boost cotton yields in Zambia

August 13th, 2015 / ISAAA, US

The Cotton Development Trust (CDT) is positive that insect resistant cotton will help decrease the concerns of farmers and will effectively contribute to cotton development in Zambia. According to CDT Director, Lwisya Silwimba, small-scale farmers face low productivity and high cost of production, which negatively affects the cotton industry in …

Can the Earth feed 11 billion people?

August 13th, 2015 / The Conversation, UK

If industrialised agriculture can now feed 7 billion, then why can’t we figure out how to feed 11 billion by the end of this century? There may be many issues that need to be addressed, the argument runs, but famine isn’t one of them. However there are a number of potentially …

Relating beauty to agriculture

August 12th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali reports: Conventionally, beautiful young women tend to be associated with white collar jobs and not with strenuous work in gardens. However the organisers of the 2015/2016 Miss Uganda contest did the unusual and yet most appropriate thing when they related it to farming. We were treated …

Africa’s historic moment: pan-African food security

August 11th, 2015 / International Policy Digest

Agriculture can potentially ensure inclusive and sustainable growth on the continent of Africa if its value chain is optimized holistically. It can create jobs for many of the 17 million youth entering the job market annually while simultaneously feeding Africa. See …

Vodafone powers Ugandan farmers

August 10th, 2015 / East African Business Week

More use of ICT could help ease some of the most pressing problems associated with commercialising agriculture in Uganda. During the ‘Vodafone power talks’ that took place a few days ago, farmers and ICT experts came together to discuss how they can use ICT to enhance agriculture production. See …

GMO technologies and the realities

August 10th, 2015 / Swarajya, India

The decision makers need to dispassionately study the GMO technology. They need to take the lead in standing up to the anti-science activists and sift the wheat from the chaff. See …