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Nigeria: providing the world with better quality food and produce

June 11th, 2015 / This Day Live, Nigeria

“With the appropriately trained technical and vocational education training (TVET) specialists manning our most critical sectors of agriculture, Nigeria can use biotechnology to the best advantage, providing the world with better quality food and produce, ramping-up its industrial production of agro-allied products, managing its waste by converting them into useful …

Africa deepens FAO ties to increase food security

June 10th, 2015 / FAO, Rome

The African Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and FAO are deepening their ties to bolster national capacities to cope with climate change, enhance food security and support sustainable food production. Projects to harness private-sector support in building efficient and inclusive agricultural value chains and helping smallholder farmers …

Forget uncultivated land – Africa must produce more on existing farms

June 9th, 2015 / How we made it in Africa

“Yes, Africa is home to about 60% of all available uncultivated agricultural land. But that is not the issue. To me that is Africa’s strategic reserve… and we don’t even have to touch it,” says Kanayo Nwanze, president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). What it needs …

Kenya: With GMOs, we can easily feed ourselves

June 8th, 2015 / The Daily Nation, Kenya

As Africa falls behind the rest of the world on agricultural technology, Kenya is falling behind the rest of Africa, a group of scientists in Nairobi has warned. “Other East African countries are proceeding at full speed to commercialise a number of genetically modified crops while Kenya’s progress has …

State of the world’s food insecurity – it’s falling

June 8th, 2015 / FAO, Italy

About 795 million people are undernourished globally, down 167 million over the last decade, and 216 million less than in 1990–92. FAO highlights the fact that economic growth is a key success factor for reducing undernourishment, but notes that it has to be inclusive and provide opportunities for improving …

Journalism is critical to farming innovation

June 4th, 2015 / SciDev.net, UK

Developing nations are full of potential agricultural leaders – smallholder farmers willing to try different approaches to improve their farms. Many, however, face social, economic and logistical barriers that make it difficult to access improved seed, agricultural tools and information technologies. Here, improvements in communication and information sharing can play …

Calestous Juma: GM is an important tool

June 4th, 2015 / BBC, UK

Calestous Juma, who directs the Harvard-based Agricultural Innovation in Africa project, says “In 30 years we’ll have a population of nine billion people to feed and that will increase demand for the quantity and diversity of the food that we need – that’s why we have to consider GM as …

UN food security report says Uganda has 10 million facing hunger

June 3rd, 2015 / BERNAMA.com, Malaysia

The 2015 report on the State of Food Insecurity in the World, released by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, has found that hunger remains an every day challenge for 10 million Ugandans. The report shows that the prevalence of undernourishment in Uganda has been increasing …

A time for Africa – smallholder farmers will be key

May 30th, 2015 / Zimbabwe Independent

Smallholder farmers will be key to African efforts not only to feed itself, but also to become a major food supplier for the rest of the world. Africa’s agricultural potential is clear. Productivity can also be boosted through the use better farming methods, fertiliser and irrigation. Read …

New breeding techniques for organic farming

May 30th, 2015 / Cell Press/Trends in Plant Science

Organic farming is based on the concept of working ‘with nature’ instead of against it; however, compared with conventional farming, organic farming reportedly has lower productivity. Ideally, the goal should be to narrow this yield gap. In this review, the feasibility of new breeding techniques (NBTs) for rewilding, a …