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FAO, ministers, experts brainstorm on African agri-food systems

April 6th, 2016 / elkurebedotcom

B4FA Fellow Abdallah el-Kurebe reports:As Fifty-four African ministers of Agriculture and various stakeholders are gathered in Abidjan, capital of Cote de I’Voire, for the 29th Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO’s) Regional Conference for Africa to take stock of the progress made so far in the area of improving the continent’s …

GM crops can thrive as climate warms

April 6th, 2016 / Eco-Business, Singapore

Genetically engineering photosynthesis in plants could take advantage of rising global temperatures and increased levels of carbon dioxide, US scientists say. They believe this could achieve much higher yields on the same amount of land and help to stave off the prospect of widespread hunger as human populations increase. …

Working to feed the world

April 5th, 2016 / Arizona State University, US

An Arizona State University researcher has figured out a way to modify crops that causes them to use less water and fertilizer but grow more food, an exciting development as food security becomes a critical concern as the world’s population expands. Roberto Gaxiola, an associate professor with the School of …

African agricultural careers attract young people

April 5th, 2016 / Compton Herald, US

Growing numbers of youth are embracing African agricultural careers as jobs become harder to find in dense urban centres. queezed out of the white collar job markets in many African nation’s growing cities, more youth across the continent are looking to agriculture as a viable employment alternative and are moving …

What is maize lethal necrosis

April 5th, 2016 / B4FA

New information from B4FA on this new, devastating disease in East Africa that leads to severe production losses and, in many cases, complete crop failure. The disease prevents the plants from growing tall, causes yellowing and death of the leaves, and stops the ears from growing and setting seeds. Infected …

2016 Global Food Policy Report: how we feed the world is unsustainable

April 4th, 2016 / Eldis.com

The annual IFPRI Global Food Policy Report provides an in-depth look at major food policy developments and events in the past year, and examines key challenges and opportunities for the coming year. The 2016 report This year’s report draws on the latest research on opportunities and challenges the world will …

Farmers sensitized on the nutritional value of soybeans – SARI 16

April 4th, 2016 / Youtube.com

B4FA Fellow, Noah Nash reports: In Ghana, the Savannah Agricultural Research Institute, SARI, has sensitized more than one hundred women soybean farmers in the Tolon District of the northern region on the nutritional benefits and utilization of soy products. Read …

Project promises hardy maize for Africa

April 4th, 2016 / SciDev.net

A Mexican-African project to develop better and more climate-tolerant maize varieties using traditional breeding techniques has been launched. The partners involved in the Stress-Tolerant Maize for Africa (STMA) project aim to develop varieties that are more tolerant to heat, drought, diseases and low soil fertility than existing types. These efforts …

Uganda: Chinese to train 10 000 Ugandan farmers

March 31st, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

Uganda and China have embarked on a two-year project to benefit more than 10,000 farmers who will be trained in mechanised agriculture and value-addition. “The project promotes simple Chinese technology transfer to Uganda. Farmers will be trained in value-addition that will increase household income and create jobs,” a senior agriculture …

Nigeria: ’43 % of land mass threatened by desertification’

March 31st, 2016 / Daily Trust, Nigeria

The Director-General, National Agency for the Great Green Wall, Ahmed Goni, has said that 43 per cent of Nigeria’s land mass is threatened by desertification. Goni stated this at the first stakeholders’ meeting on the implementation of the Great Green Wall project organised by the Connected Development (CODE), an NGO. …