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International research makes breakthrough on highly drought-resistant rice and wheat

July 25th, 2016 / Science Daily, US

International research led by The Australian National University (ANU) has found how plants, such as rice and wheat, sense and respond to extreme drought stress, in a breakthrough that could lead to the development of next-generation drought-proof crops. See …

Tanzania: new hybrid rice seed brings hope

July 25th, 2016 / AllAfrica.com

Farmers in Mvomero district have been cautioned against the use of unregistered seeds to avoid incurring losses due to low crop production. Acting Mvomero District Agriculture Officer, Lucy Mazengo, made the call on Wednesday when addressing farmer groups from villages in Dakawa Ward in Mvomero district. More than 60 farmers …

Cover crops play key role in conservation agriculture in rice sector

July 25th, 2016 / Youtube.com

B4FA Fellow Noah Nash reports: The principal research scientist in charge of rice research and development at Savanna Agriculture Research Institute, Dr. Wilson Dogbe has revealed that choice of cover crop plays a key role in the adaption of conservation agriculture in the rice sector in lowland areas in Ghana’s …

Harvestplus flays report on GMO vitamin A cassava & maize

July 22nd, 2016 / This Day, Nigeria

HarvestPlus Nigeria has dismissed as “false and misleading” reports that vitamin A enriched cassava and maize are developed from genetically modified organisms (GMOs), saying not only are the claims erroneous but couched to distract Nigerians from the target of consuming more nutritious staples. HarvestPlus is an international research-based institution developing …

African farmers say they can feed the world

July 22nd, 2016 / Quartz Africa

With 60-65% of the world’s uncultivated arable land and 10% of renewable freshwater resources, Africa’s immense agricultural potential has long been a keen point of discussion among agronomists and global decision-makers. After a 160% increase in African agricultural output over the past 30 years, many elements of the continent’s food …

How we can help reduce the spread of Banana Bacterial Wilt

July 20th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali writes: Banana Bacterial Wilt (BBW) is an incurable disease that kills banana plants. It is a big threat to food security in Uganda, where bananas are a major food crop and where an estimated 75 per cent of farmers are engaged in banana production. Uganda is …

UN urges La Niña preparedness in Africa

July 18th, 2016 / African Farming, UK

More than 60mn people have been affected by El Niño and many more are highly vulnerable to La Niña’s likely knock-on effect, a meeting of UN agencies at the FAO headquarters revealed. In wake of the devastating effects of El Niño, United Nations leaders called for combined efforts by governments …

Tanzania to get mobile apps for soil testing

July 18th, 2016 / African Farming, UK

Kenya-based Capture Solutions has announced plans to extend its business to Tanzania by introducing various mobile phone applications, including the use of mobile phone applications that help farmers in improving their productivity levels. See …

Ethiopia: Utilizing technology to increase productivity of crop farming

July 15th, 2016 / The Ethiopian Herald

Using biotechnology boosts productivity. Though the agricultural sector has been dominated by small scale type, the productivity of the sector has been increasing as a result of using the agricultural technologies. The utilization of agricultural inputs such as fertilizer, pest, herbicides and irrigation plays considerable role in improving productivity. See …

Tanzania: field trials in progress to control toxins in food crops

July 15th, 2016 / AllAfrica.com

Researchers in Tanzania are conducting field trials in four regions on biological control of aflatoxins, namely Aflasafe, following a study in 2012, which showed high prevalence of the toxic compounds in maize and groundnuts in many parts of the country. Aflatoxins has been linked to the recent outbreak of a …