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Why is African agribusiness luring GCC investors?

November 1st, 2018 / The National, UAE

The UAE – like other countries in the Arabian Gulf – wants to ramp up overseas food production to tackle resource scarcity at home.
Africa, with 60 per cent of the world’s arable land, represents a huge opportunity.
What is agribusiness?
Agribusiness means farming for commercial purposes, or, the business of agricultural production. …

Ugandan scientists poised to release vitamin-fortified GMO banana

October 31st, 2018 / Alliance for Science, US

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru reports:
Ugandan scientists are eying a 2021 release date for genetically modified bananas fortified with vitamin A, provided the nation passes its biosafety law.
In 2005, Ugandan scientists began using the tools of biotechnology to breed bananas fortified with vitamin A. Their goal was to help rural families …

Agriculture should now be great career choice for youths

October 31st, 2018 / AllAfrica

WITH 200 million people aged between 15 and 24 (the youth bracket), Africa has the youngest population in the world.
The current trend indicates that this figure will double by 2045, according to the 2012 African Economic Outlook report prepared by experts from the African Development Bank (AfDB), the UN Development …

China and UNDP partner to highlight the impact of China’s agriculture cooperation in Africa

October 31st, 2018 / UNDP

In its first visit to the United Nations New York headquarters, the China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA) joined with the Chinese Permanent Mission to the United Nations and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to launch results of China’s partnership with Guinea-Bissau and Mozambique on agriculture development.
With both African …

Living Planet Report finds humanity has wiped out 60% of animal populations since 1970

October 30th, 2018 / The Guardian, UK

The huge loss is a tragedy in itself but also threatens the survival of civilisation, say the world’s leading scientists.
Humanity has wiped out 60% of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles since 1970, leading the world’s foremost experts to warn that the annihilation of wildlife is now an emergency that threatens …

Biotech crops could make Kenya major cotton producer again

October 30th, 2018 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Kenya has been losing at least 4,210 cotton farmers every year for the last 38 years due to low returns and importation of cheaper ready fabric from China and India. This translates to 160,000 farmers or 80 per cent of the estimated 200,000 farmers who practiced cotton farming in the …

Genetic search reveals key to resistance in global cotton pest

October 30th, 2018 / Phys.org

In the most recent battle in the unending war between farmers and bugs, the bugs are biting back by adapting to crops genetically engineered to kill them.
A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences identifies a dominantly inherited mutation that confers resistance to engineered cotton …

A fight against vitamin A deficiency

October 30th, 2018 / Business Mirror, Philippines

‘THE soul, fortunately, has an interpreter—often an unconscious but still a faithful interpreter—in the eye,” wrote Charlotte Bronte in her famed Jane Eyre. Marcus Tullius Cicero had the same view when he said: “The face is a picture of the mind with the eyes as its interpreter.”
A survey was conducted …

Agri-tech can turn African Savannah into global food basket – African Development Bank

October 29th, 2018 / ECOFIN Agency

The African Development Bank is championing a new regional and global effort to transform the African Savannah from a “Sleeping Giant” to the cradle of the continent’s green revolution.
“This sleeping giant needs to wake up,” the Bank’s Vice-President for Agriculture, Human and Social Development, Jennifer Blanke, told an audience at …

Why we must pay attention to irrigation

October 29th, 2018 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali writes:
Uganda has often been described as a beautiful country that is also endowed with fertile soils and two rain seasons every year.
About 75 per cent of households are engaged in agriculture and nearly an equal percentage of our exports are drawn from agriculture.
Yet, ironically, we …