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Why the whitefly is bringing global scientists to Tanzania

February 22nd, 2016 / IPPmedia.com

Scientists and researchers have expressed their concern about the recent upsurge in the number of whiteflies; the tiny, sap-sucking insects that destroy important crops and vegetables such as beans, cassava and sweet potato. The whitefly spreads diseases to important crops very swiftly, a situation which, if not urgently controlled, efforts …

Action against widespread mycotoxin contamination

February 19th, 2016 / Paepard

An estimated 500 million of the poorest people in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and Asia are exposed to the pervasive natural toxins, aflatoxins and fumonisins, on a daily basis by eating their staple diet of groundnuts, maize, and other cereals. Exposure occurs throughout life at levels far in excess of …

Africa: ending hunger – 3 things that need to happen after the Paris Agreement

February 19th, 2016 / World Food Programme

The World Food Programme’s vision is to eradicate hunger by 2030, a bold aim in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs require us to leave nobody behind and to meet the needs of those furthest behind first. The Paris Agreement, reached at COP 21 in Paris, prioritizes those most …

UN agency urges focus on rural development

February 19th, 2016 / UN.org

Recognizing that rural development plays a fundamental role in stabilizing communities and reducing migration and conflict, senior government officials have renewed their commitment at a United Nations conference in Rome to invest in smallholder agriculture and reduce poverty in developing countries. “By working together to deliver on the Sustainable Development …

The huge, hidden upside to low oil prices

February 19th, 2016 / Quartz Africa.com

Oil prices just keep falling and crashing into things on their way down. It seems like every day another country gets a bill for damages: Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Russia, the UK. While the global economy’s biggest players are reeling, there is a less visible group of people who stand to …

Finding the best seeds to match Africa’s needs

February 19th, 2016 / EurikaAlert.org

Soybean farmers in Africa may either only have access to a few seed varieties with an unimpressive yield potential, or a few high-yielding varieties for which no performance data exists for their latitude and altitude. A new coordinated soybean variety evaluation program is underway that will address these problems and …

We need to all approaches to boost agriculture

February 17th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

“This (feeding the growing population) will require sustainable intensification— growing more from less by using land and resources more efficiently with the aim of meeting the current needs while improving the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. In addition, we must conserve natural resources, preserve eco-system …

Stakeholders concerned about whitefly pest

February 15th, 2016 / All Africa.com

Over 100 members of the panel for agricultural research from 23 countries have met today in Arusha to discuss ways to tackle the whitefly species known to cause crop losses. The pest fly which carries and spread disease is a major threat to global food production. According to research …

Africa’s economic future will be cultivated on small family farms

February 15th, 2016 / African Insider

Africa’s growing population and expanding middle class are creating a domestic market for food products that will be worth $1 trillion by 2030. But to tap this opportunity for Africa’s smallholder farmer, we need to stop thinking about them as subsistence growers and embrace their potential to generate income. …

Why we won’t be able to feed the world without GM

February 12th, 2016 / The Conversation, UK

With an increasing population, we can increase yields to meet demand without expanding area, and/or we can reduce demand enough to allow supply to catch up. Increasing supply in a sustainable way is perfectly possible. Some of this is about increasing efficiency through better farming, such as using precision …