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Dr. Kanayo F. Nwanze awarded the inaugural Africa Food Prize

September 15th, 2016 / Ventures Africa

Dr. Nwanze is to be recognized for his exceptional leadership in putting Africa’s smallholder farmers at the center of the global agricultural agenda. The Africa Food Prize Committee, chaired by Olusegun Obasanjo, acknowledges Nwanze´s courage in tasking African leaders to go beyond promising promises of development, to delivering it. See …

African countries that invested in agriculture improved their production

September 15th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali writes: “A report released early this month by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) has indicated that the countries which paid intense attention to farmers and food production in the past ten years have achieved the most successful development in African history.
“The countries …

Why boosting legume production will lift the gloom for African farmers

September 14th, 2016 / The Conversation, UK

Africa has the lowest use of nitrogen on its farmland compared to other regions of the world. This is because smallholder farmers have limited financial resources to buy fertilisers. Nitrogen is one of the most essential nutrients needed by plants for their growth, development and reproduction. Yet it is depleted …

Application of science and technology to combat climate change in Africa

September 14th, 2016 / Ghana Web

There is no doubt that changes in the earth’s climate always occurs, however as a result of human induced activities over the years, the change is happening at a fast pace. This change is at the moment changing faster than it has happened for thousand years, according to a 2013 …

Kenya: Nod on GM cotton field trials shifts focus to release of biotech maize

September 14th, 2016 / Daily Nation, Kenya

A decision by the National Bio-Safety Authority (NBA), to approve open field trials for genetically modified (GM) cotton is bound to raise more confusion in an area that has been dogged by controversy.
There has been a push and pull regarding release of biotech maize for National Performance Trials even after …

Turning harvest waste into electricity

September 14th, 2016 / African Farming, UK

When even waste material can be used to produce energy, it’s a win-win situation all round. Across Africa, countries are committed to scaling up renewable energy production to meet their growing energy needs. However, this will require bold thinking and innovation to deliver affordable and reliable power solutions that can …

African smallholders are adopting conservation agriculture techniques

September 14th, 2016 / Manitoba Co-operator, Canada

I saw maize that was green, tall, and thick, nothing like what we had seen along our drive through central Kenya.
This particular farm belongs to Jane Wanjiko, who has wholeheartedly adopted the principles of conservation agriculture on her three-quarters of an acre farm. She is using grass and cornstalks to …

Weather updates help farmers plan

September 14th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru reports: Weather affects many activities in agriculture, which means timely and accurate information is important for farmers. As such Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) issues seasonal forecasts and reports to enable planning and response. See …

Top scientists debate biotechnology

September 14th, 2016 / New Vision, Uganda

Scientists from different fields discussed the application of biotechnology in Uganda. Dr. Arthur Tuguma, a lecturer of genetics and plant pathology in the department of Plant Sciences, Microbiology and Biotechnology at Makerere University, said there is need to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of the technology.
On his part, Dr Elioda …

Organic farming will not feed growing African population

September 14th, 2016 / ENCA, South Africa

Soil experts gathered in Nairobi for the ongoing African Green Revolution Forum have on Thursday, said that Africa has no choice but to use quality fertilisers to improve the soil quality to produce enough food.
The experts said that Africa cannot rely on organic farming to feed the rapidly growing population …