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The next generation of GMO food is here, and it’s technically not a GMO

April 21st, 2016 / Business Insider, UK

In a letter released to the public on Monday, chemical giant DuPont Pioneer announced plans to market the first crop that uses a type of precise genetic modification called CRISPR-Cas9. DuPont is the fourth-largest chemical corporation in the world, and it wants to see the product — a hybrid type …

Invasive weed worries sorghum farmers

April 21st, 2016 / Youtube.com

From Uganda B4FA Fellow, Tyaba Abubakar reports: The onset of the March – May rain season in most parts of the country has seen farmers sowing seeds in anticipation of fruitful harvests. But for most sorghum growers around the country, their hopes hang in the balance over a rise in …

Kenya: failure to use biotechnology hurting farmers

April 19th, 2016 / All Africa.com

Farmers are missing out on opportunities to integrate proven cutting edge biotechnology tools that would boost yields and mitigate the impact of climate change, according to a new report released by the International Services for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA). Read …

Food insecurity starves Africa of progress

April 19th, 2016 / The Star, Kenya

This year, following the unusually strong El Niño rains, coupled with record-high temperatures afterwards, the UN has warned that about 36 million people across southern and eastern Africa face hunger. Worst hit will be Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan. Hunger is a problem that won’t go away, not …

New alliance will help African agri-businesses

April 18th, 2016 / Cambridge News, UK

Africa’s agriculture sector presents vast opportunities for socioeconomic development. With a world population increasing by a further two billion by 2050, global food production must double. However, investment in sub-Saharan African remains a fraction of what is needed. One of the main obstacles has been the lack of reliable information …

Farmers tipped on using E-tags to determine seed quality

April 18th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

The USAID Feed the Future Uganda programme is training farmers on how to use electronic branding technology to identify genuine seeds and agro-inputs. Speaking at the Kakasa national farmers competition finals last week in Kampala, Dr Rita Ojok Laker, the country chief of party, said the special electronic branding allows …

Cassava in south-east Asia under threat from witches’ broom disease

April 18th, 2016 / The Guardian, UK

Climate change and globalisation are fuelling an explosion in the pests and diseases that afflict south-east Asia’s cassava crops, threatening a multi-billion dollar industry and the staple food of millions of people, a report warns. Cassava, which is originally from South America, is now south-east Asia’s third largest source of …

Smallholder farmers introduced to Purdue Improved Crop Storage bags

April 18th, 2016 / Youtube.com

B4FA Fellow Noah Nash reports: Farmers in the East Mamprusi District in the Northern Region have been introduced to a new storage sack aimed at improving crop storage. The Purdue Improved Crop Storage sack is also to help reduce post harvest losses associated with storage of farm produce after harvesting. …

SARI to release three hybrid maize varieties

April 18th, 2016 / Youtube.com

B4FA Fellow Noah Nash reports: The Savanna Agriculture Research Institute, SARI, will soon release new hybrid maize seed varieties for the 2016 Farming season, which can withstand the climatic conditions in the northern regions. According to a Plant breeder at the SARI, Dr. Meshack Seidu Abdulai, the varieties will provide …

Namibia: expectations for maize harvest improve dramatically

April 18th, 2016 / AllAfrica.com

Late rains have dramatically changed the expectations of the total white maize harvest from the Maize Triangle and immediate environs. The total maize harvest is now projected at more than 44 000 tonnes, after 9 391 hectares were planted countrywide. Almost 4 400 hectares were planted in the Maize Triangle, …