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Drought raises fears that Africa could go to bed hungry

July 15th, 2015 / Mail and Guardian, Kenya

The World Economic Forum identifies food crises one of the biggest risks facing Africa in 2015, that governments haven’t paid enough attention to. Respondents were asked to select three global risks that they think their region is least prepared for, and food crises was ranked in second place, after unemployment …

Growing mangoes to sustain school

July 15th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow, Michael Ssali reports on former headmaster Fred Kato Nsamba who is now growing mangoes, interplanted with cassava and maize to sustain a school and teach the young students about food and farming. Read …

Why GM crops have been slow to take hold in Africa

July 14th, 2015 / The Conversation, UK

The reluctance of so many African countries to GMOs can, in part, be attributed to fears about the impact it would have on trade with other countries, particularly Europe where a number of countries have banned GM imports. But things may be changing. Read …

In defense of corn, the world’s most important food crop

July 14th, 2015 / Washington Post, US

Corn has a bad rap. Think of those 90 million U.S. acres growing the stuff, and what comes to mind? Monocrops, perhaps? Cheap meat and processed foods? Ethanol? Subsidies? Polenta might not even make your list. But let’s separate corn, the plant, from corn, the cog in the industrial machine. …

GMO policies around the world

July 13th, 2015 / Biology Fortified, US

In the debate surrounding GMOs, a statement that is often made is that many countries have banned transgenic crops, which suggests that they are not safe. Although all countries have laws and regulations surrounding biotech crops, including the United States, very few countries have an outright ban, where GMOs can …

People can reverse effects of climate change

July 13th, 2015 / Tanzania Daily News

Climate change is wreaking havoc in the countryside and as a result people’s food source has been largely disturbed. Crops resistance to diseases and pests has changed. Their maturities and yield levels too have changed just as management practices, taste, eating habits and lifestyle. Growing drought resistant crops, however, can …

Tanzania: Use of inferior crop seeds lowers food output

July 10th, 2015 / AllAfrica.com

Continual use of unimproved and inferior quality seeds by most Tanzanians is seemingly plaguing the country’s production of food and cash crops. Despite a significant improvement in the utilisation of improved seeds by 25 per cent, available statistics show that about 75 per cent of seeds used by agricultural producers …

Uganda: Women grow vegetables to invest in other activities

July 8th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

In Uganda, growing vegetables helps one women’s group to invest in further money-making agricultural activities as chicken and pig rearing, as well as build better houses and pay children’s tuition fees. B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali reports. Read …

Kenya: Mushroom farmer sets up school to boost exports

July 8th, 2015 / FarmBiz Africa

A farmer in Eldoret is earning Sh70,000 daily from mushroom cultivation, and is calling on farmers to be trained on cultivation as the export market grows. Mr. Daniel Rotich, who also works with the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Institute, worked with a fungi culture and mushroom cultivation agronomist to assist …

Ghana: Players in seed industry form association

July 3rd, 2015 / NewsGhana

The Seed Trade Association of Ghana (STAG) has been formally launched to promote the interest of its members. Its operations include the supply, production, processing, distribution and marketing of improved seeds of assorted cereals, legumes, vegetables, root and tuber varieties. The organization forges strong partnerships with the public sector to deliver …