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Celebrating African rural women

March 7th, 2016 / Eldis

African Biodiversity Network and the Gaia Foundation have jointly produced a report that explores the central role that women and traditional knowledge plays in the resilience and diversity of local, rural food systems across the continent. It is hoped that the document will help spur discussion and debate, and inspire …

Role of biotechnology in Nigeria’s economic diversification

March 4th, 2016 / Jarida, Nigeria

“Agriculture must cease from being treated as development programme; agriculture must be treated as business. Our goal will be to pursue government supported private sector agriculture value chain to make agriculture more productive, efficient and competitive.” – President Muhammadu Buhari Read …

VIDEO: Consumers of Potato urged to consume of more of Orange flesh Sweet potato

March 4th, 2016 / Youtube

VIDEO from B4FA Fellow, Noah Nash: Consumers of sweet potato are been encourage to consume more of the orange flesh sweet potato as it contains beta carotene a precursor of vitamin A which helps to boost the immune system. Read …

Biosciences key to solving agricultural challenges

March 4th, 2016 / SciDev.net

Africa’s growth requires increased investments to harness biosciences as a tool for sustainable development in agriculture, a meeting has heard. Leading experts in agriculture say that innovative research and capacity building could help Africa respond to development challenges such as food security and climate change. But experts add that the …

NEPAD calls for increased financing to agro-sector

March 3rd, 2016 / Daily Mail, Zambia

Increased financing for African agriculture and implementation of well researched extension services is important in developing the sector that can ensure food security and uplift majority poor out of poverty, a senior international agricultural expert has said. Speaking ahead of the 12th Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme Partnership Platform (CAADP-PP) …

Genome of cultivated groundnuts completed

March 3rd, 2016 / ISAAA

The International Peanut Genome Initiative (IPGI), including researchers from the University of Georgia and the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), has completed sequencing the ancestral genomes of groundnut. The groundnut that is grown today comes from the hybridization of two wild species, Arachis duranensis (V14167, A-genome …

Protecting crop and feed diversity enhances food security while reducing GHGs

March 3rd, 2016 / ILRI, Ethiopia

Crop diversity can be conserved and shared. Scientists know how to do it and at a very limited cost to the world community. It requires global leadership and stronger partnerships and the building of capacities of scientists in the developing world. No country is self-sufficient; successful breeding is highly dependent …

Young scientists push Bt research

March 1st, 2016 / The Standard, Philippines

The Outstanding Young Scientists Inc., the official organization of outstanding young scientist awardees of the National Academy of Science and Technology, urged the Supreme Court Monday to allow the research on Bt eggplant to continue. OYSI in a statement asked the high court to reconsider its earlier decision and allow …

Seed firms accused of neglecting female farmers

March 1st, 2016 / SciDev.net, UK

The Access to seeds index report 2016 found that seed firms focus their research efforts on major cash crops, such as maize and rice. But they rarely strive to develop better varieties of seeds that are important to female farmers in developing countries, such as sweet potato or peanuts, the …

Scientists race to halt banana catastrophe

March 1st, 2016 / SciDev.net, UK

Scientists in developing countries are scrambling to find a cure for a devastating fungus that threatens to wipe out the global banana trade and plunge millions of farmers into poverty. Around the world, banana farmers are fighting a losing battle against Tropical Race 4, a soil fungus that kills Cavendish …