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Huge opportunities in agriculture and agribusiness for graduate African youths

May 7th, 2017 / AfDB.org

There are huge business opportunities for graduated African youths in agriculture and agribusiness. That’s was the consensus of the two-day African Youth Agripreneurs Forum held in Ibadan, Nigeria, from April 25-26, 2017.
However, helping African youths to invest in agricultural production and the agricultural value chain is all too often discussed …

If we develop Africa’s bioeconomy it will be as transformative for us as digital has been

May 7th, 2017 / Quartz Africa

The late 20th century was a period of unprecedented advancement in information and communications technology. The rapid adoption of mobile phones in Africa laid the groundwork for a digital economy.
According to a new study by the Stockholm Environment Institute, Creating Sustainable Bioeconomies: The Bioscience Revolution in Europe and Africa, new …

Secrets of tea plant revealed by science

May 5th, 2017 / BBC, UK

Botanists have unlocked the genetic secrets of the plant prized for producing tea.
A team in China has decoded the genetic building blocks of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis, whose leaves are used for all types of tea, including black, green and oolong.
The research gives an insight into the chemicals that …

Biotech/GM crops at a new peak of 185.1 million hectares worldwide

May 5th, 2017 / Business Wire, US

The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) released its annual report showcasing the 110-fold increase in adoption rate of biotech crops globally in just 21 years of commercialization – growing from 1.7 million hectares in 1996 to 185.1 million hectares in 2016. ISAAA’s report, “Global Status of …

Maize scientists vow to intensify research on armyworm invasion in Africa

May 3rd, 2017 / PAEPARD, Kenya

Nairobi. Scientists from the global maize research center vowed to intensify eradicate fall army worms that had invaded hundreds of farms in various regions across Africa. This two-day meeting was attended by 130 experts and stakeholders from African governments, international and national agricultural research organizations, non-governmental organizations, national plant protection …

Cassava is genetically decaying, putting staple crop at risk

May 3rd, 2017 / Phys.org

For breeders of cassava, a staple food for hundreds of millions in the tropics, producing improved varieties has been getting harder over time. A team at Cornell used genomic analysis of cassava varieties and wild relatives to make a diagnosis: Mutations have corroded the genome, producing many dysfunctional versions of …

Sweet potato project improves nutrition and incomes

May 1st, 2017 / SciDev.net

B4FA Fellow Samuel Hinneh reports: Farmers and entrepreneurs in West Africa are benefiting from a project that offers improved sweet potato varieties and market access. The US$4 million project that began in April 2014 and ended last month (March 2017) was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and …

Kenya launch drought-tolerant crop varieties to boost food security

April 28th, 2017 / Coastweek.com

Kenya’s ministry of agriculture on Tuesday launched several drought resistant and high yielding crop varieties to be deployed in 21 arid and semi arid counties where hunger and malnutrition is rampant.
Principal Secretary for Livestock, Andrew Tuimur said the drought tolerant crops including beans, green grams, cassava and grain amaranth will …

Ghana’s Northern Rural Growth Programme – innovative way to make agriculture a worthy investment for rural farmers

April 28th, 2017 / AllAfrica.com

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) sought the African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) financial support to implement the Northern Rural Growth Programme (NRGP) in Ghana at a total cost of US$ 92.79 million. The programme was designed with the overall goal of ensuring equitable and sustainable reduction of poverty and …

‘Southern Africa must boost irrigation infrastructure’

April 28th, 2017 / The Herald, South Africa

Zimbabwe and the southern Africa region should take advantage of the recent good rains to beef up its irrigation infrastructure, tapping into the vast water bodies in order to increase yields and global competitiveness in agriculture.
Irrigation industry expert Edwin Mungure who is also Sales and Marketing manager at Almin Metal Industries said; …