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Stakeholders review progress report on food security

August 8th, 2016 / Ghana News Agency

A stakeholders’ validation workshop has been held in Accra to discuss the Annual Report on the New Alliance Co-operative Framework Agreement that aim at improving food security and nutrition in Ghana. Participants are to assess progress on commitments of various stakeholders made up of government, development partners, civil society and …

Training institute for farmers launched

August 8th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru reports: Most farmers carry out their activities, be it keeping livestock or poultry, crop or fisheries production, do it on subsistence or semi-subsistence scale. So, there is need to encourage these farmers to practise agriculture as a business enterprise to attract a competitive market for their …

Uganda: new pigeon pea varieties receive positive response

August 6th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

Farmers in northern Uganda usually grow apena (pigeon peas) in their gardens. This is because this legume improves soil fertility by fixing nitrogen but soon farmers will find the new pigeon peas varieties with enhanced attributes. See …

Zimbabwe: innovative use of fertilizers revives hope for Africa’s green revolution

August 6th, 2016 / Zimbabwe Star

With a Green Revolution, Africa would be following in the footsteps of Asia and Latin America, where effective policies, new farming methods, improved inputs and high-yield seed varieties have improved harvests and reduced poverty.
Although no country has met the target for 2015, Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, the African Union commissioner for …

How to achieve agro-industrialization in Africa

August 5th, 2016 / International Policy Digest

Achieving agro-industrialization cannot be a reality without factoring in climate change and healthy ecosystems. Climate change threatens to reduce crop yields by up to 40%, hence climate adaptation in agriculture is an imperative. On the other hand, healthy ecosystems are the foundation of long term productivity underpinning food production through …

Why young Africans are swapping the office for the farm

August 1st, 2016 / BBC, UK

Farming has an unglamorous image across Africa. But this might be changing – the BBC’s Sophie Ikenye met some young professionals who packed in their office jobs and moved back to the family farm. See …

Embrace biotech to boost agric production — Prof. Alhassan

August 1st, 2016 / Graphic Online, Ghana

The Director of Biotechnology and Stewardship for Sustainable Agriculture in West Africa (BSSA), Professor Walter Sandow Alhassan, has called on Ghanaians to embrace the use of biotechnology in agriculture production to ensure increased crop yields to secure the country’s food basket. See …

AGRA project seeks to cut African farmers post-harvest losses

August 1st, 2016 / News Ghana

The project, implemented by the AGRA and funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) at a cost of US$ 2.155 million will support applied research to bring effective, field-tested innovations for reducing post-harvest loss of soybeans and cowpeas to thousands of smallholder farmers in Mozambique and Burkina Faso on …

Reduce the use of herbicides in yam production, caution scientists

July 29th, 2016 / Youtube.com

B4FA Fellow, Noah Nash reports from Ghana: A Yam breeder with the Savannah Agricultural Research Institute (SARI, Dr. Emmanuel Chambas has urged yam growers in the northern region to minimise the use of chemical in the production of yam set for the export market. See …

Agricultural development also supports science, technology

July 29th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow, Michael Ssali writes: Today’s farmer has different challenges from those before the onset of climate change and eruption of crop diseases, which threaten to wipe out major food and cash crops.
We expect our leaders to be climate smart and to pay more attention to agricultural research and its …