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Pharmacists tip farmers on opportunities in GM products

June 5th, 2015 / The Sunrise, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Henry Lutaaya writes: Ugandan farmers are losing billions of money to their counterparts in America and other countries, through importation of raw materials used in the pharmaceutical industry, which can be easily produced locally, including Artemisia annua. Pharmacists are blaming the situation on lack of information, misconceptions …

Nigeria’s President Buhari: agriculture must be treated as a business

June 5th, 2015 / Leadership, Nigeria

To accelerate the development of Nigeria’s agricultural sector and ensure food security, President Buhari said that agriculture must be treated as a business, saying “Nigeria has huge agricultural potential with over 84 million hectares of arable land of which only 40 per cent is currently cultivated.The country has some …

Calestous Juma: GM is an important tool

June 4th, 2015 / BBC, UK

Calestous Juma, who directs the Harvard-based Agricultural Innovation in Africa project, says “In 30 years we’ll have a population of nine billion people to feed and that will increase demand for the quantity and diversity of the food that we need – that’s why we have to consider GM as …

WHO cancer unit analyzes popular pesticide

June 2nd, 2015 / Reuters, UK

The World Health Organization is set to examine a widely used pesticide and agribusiness is bracing for bad news, less than three months after the group classified another popular herbicide as “probably” cancer-causing. Twenty-four scientists representing WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) are set to analyze scientific findings …

Soil is foundation for food and nutrition security

May 29th, 2015 / Modern Ghana

B4FA Fellow Samuel Hinneh reports: Soil is the foundation for food and nutrition security, sustainable development and climate change adaptation and mitigation, says Mr. Bukar Tijani, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Africa. Read …

If you don’t want food genetically modified, tell nature to stop it

May 26th, 2015 / Reuters, UK

Farmers and breeders have for centuries used cross-breeding to improve the genetic characteristics of crops and animals. Because this process involves gene transfers within the same species, environmental advocates label it “natural” — even though cross-breeding is clearly man-made. Modern genetic splicing makes it possible to combine genes from …

African countries urged to embrace smart agriculture

May 23rd, 2015 / Zambia Daily Mail

African countries must embrace climate smart agriculture practices if the continent is to attain food security and nutrition in the face of climate change, says New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) Director of Programmes Estherine Fotabong. Read …

School farm, where they start young

May 22nd, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Loninda Afedraru reports: “It always thought that it is the older people in mostly rural areas that engage in any agriculture, and that the youths are more interested in anything but the farm. But this may be a misconception. Ask the girls at Gayaza High School who are …

Understanding cassava brown streak

May 19th, 2015 / FarmBiz Africa

Cassava brown streak disease is a devastating disease that is hampering cassava yield in most African countries especially in East Africa. In some cases, the disease exposes farmers to 100 per cent loss. While some varieties can show symptoms on leaves, stems and roots, others may only show symptoms …

Local initiative to manage coffee wilt disease

May 14th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

One of the longest-surviving crop diseases in Uganda is the Coffee Wilt Disease (CWD), a fungal infection that wiped out more than 12 million robusta coffee trees in central and western Uganda regions towards the end of the 20th Century. Adams Byaruhanga, a resident of Kikasa village, Bukalasa Parish in …