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Africa: global hunger continues to rise with Africa worst hit – UN Report

September 17th, 2018 / AllAfrica.com

The population of hungry people is rising across the world, a UN report has shown, with more than a quarter of them in Africa.
Out of the 821 million people who faced shortage of food in 2017, 257 million were found in the continent.
A new report on the State of Food …

Why keep Africa’s dryland forests alive?

September 17th, 2018 / Mongabay

Small holder farmers from 6,000 Malian households have restored 320 hectares of land through a combination of on-farm natural tree regeneration, water harvesting, moisture retention technologies, improved soil filtration, and enhanced soil humus.
This is just one of many efforts currently underway to restore Africa’s dryland forests. There are many obstacles …

Invest in typical agricultural institutions – Prof Nhamo

September 10th, 2018 / The Observer, Uganda

Uganda needs to open up more agricultural universities and tailor the studies in line with the country’s needs if the sector is to continue being the backbone for the economy, a South African professor has said.
Prof Godwell Nhamo, the chief researcher and lecturer at the University of South Africa (UNISA), …

Agriculture is the way out for Africa – Rockefeller Foundation

September 10th, 2018 / MoneyWeb, South Africa

Africa spent about $35 billion on food imports in 2016, and projections show that if left unchecked, the continent’s food import bill could to surge to $110 billion by 2025.
It’s a perplexing situation, given the continent’s stature as home to 50% of the world’s cultivatable land. How can the continent …

New initiative to boost smallholders’ climate resilience in the Horn of Africa

September 7th, 2018 / ReliefWeb

Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) have held the inception workshop for a new project that aims to buttress the capacities of smallholder farmers in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda to adapt and be more resilient …

UN calls emergency meeting over African swine fever as China confirms ninth case

September 7th, 2018 / Daily Telegraph, UK

The United Nations has called an emergency meeting of animal disease experts amid fears African swine fever (ASF) is set to sweep through Asia and devastate pig farming.
China on Wednesday confirmed its ninth case of the highly infectious disease since it was first spotted in the country a month ago …

GMOs are not agriculture’s future – biotech Is

September 7th, 2018 / Scientific American

… agriculture needs to adapt. The only question is how can we move forward in a way that does not repeat the mistakes of the GMO (genetically modified organism) era? The answer lies in newer technologies that allow us to responsibly develop crops that never integrate non-native elements into a …

Ghana’s anti-GMO farm leader adopts pro-GMO position

September 6th, 2018 / Alliance for Science, US

The former leader of the Peasant Farmers’ Association, Ghana’s primary anti-GMO farmers group, has switched sides to adopt a pro-GMO position.
Mohammed Adams Nasiru attributed his shift to receiving accurate information on agricultural biotechnology from the scientific community.
Nasiru was national president of the Peasant Farmers’ Association of Ghana for almost a …

“Learn from our (South African) biotech example”

September 6th, 2018 / Alliance for Science, US

South Africa is urging other African countries to learn from its latest strategy and adopt more holistic policies around biotechnology.
Ben Durham, chief director in charge of bio-innovation at South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology, said biotechnology adoption works better when it is clearly integrated into various aspects of a …

GMOs: Nigeria making steady progress

September 6th, 2018 / The Guardian, Nigeria

In the last two weeks, the scientific community in Nigeria has been agog with celebration of two main feats that showed genetically modified products have come to stay and that Nigerians are eager and ready to adopt it.It all started with the release of two varieties of Genetically Modified (GM) …