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Train farmers in climate-smart agriculture says minister

August 3rd, 2015 / New Vision, Uganda

Uganda’s agriculture minister Tress Bucyanayandi has called for more innovation in the agriculture sector to help farmers cope with the changing climate in the East African region. Effects of climate change such as drought, floods, landslides, pests and diseases are already being felt, as seen by reduced food production and …

Ghana: improving maize yields

August 3rd, 2015 / Youtube.com

B4FA Fellow Yao Noah Nash reports: Some famers under the Integrated Agricultural Productivity Improvement and Marketing Project in the West Mamprusi district in the Northern Region have been taken through a maize demonstration farm to learn and adopt the best practices in maize cultivation to improve their farm yields.  See …

Kenya steps up to UN year of soils

July 31st, 2015 / FarmBiz Africa

Kenya is among countries rolling out transformatory soil conservation and fertility exercises following years of degradation and nutrient mining that has taken a toll on yields as the World marks 2015 as the United Nations international year of soils.  Read …

New vegetable lab launched to boost food security

July 30th, 2015 / SciDev.net, UK

B4FA Fellow Samuel Hinneh reports: A new regional lab. in Ghana, the Vegetables Innovation Laboratory (VIL) at the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), University of Ghana, aims to develop the vegetable industry through research, development and innovation to improve food and nutritional security in West Africa. It will …

New paradigms for achieving food security in Africa

July 30th, 2015 / Agriculture for Impact

Agriculture for Impact, a new Sustainable Intensification database aims to explain the ecological, socio-economic and genetic approaches that together contribute to the Sustainable Intensification of agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa in an easily accessible way, illustrated by more than 80 case studies.  Read …

Bubble desalination boosting crop growth

July 28th, 2015 / SciDev.net, UK

Researchers in Australia are seeking to build a prototype ‘Bubble-Greenhouse’ that could provide remote, arid places with a low-tech, low-maintenance way to turn salt water into fresh water to grow food. The engineers from Murdoch University estimate that a 150 square metre Bubble-Greenhouse could produce around eight cubic metres of …

Nutrition professionals need to enter conversation on GMOs

July 27th, 2015 / Nutrevolve, UK

Discussion of how we can leverage genetic engineering for better health, nutrition and research and suggests nutrition professionals should get more interested in this technology, and encourage a political/regulatory system (and more importantly, a public) that allows for the tools of genetic engineering to be applied to our food, beyond …

Climate-smart companion cropping lets African farmers increase yields

July 27th, 2015 / Rothamsted Research, UK

Rothamsted scientists, in partnership with icipe, have developed a climate-smart push-pull companion cropping system which allows smallholder African farmers to sustainably increase their agricultural production.  Read …

Ghana to overhaul agric with digital technology

July 24th, 2015 / Graphic Online, Ghana

Plans are underway to overhaul agriculture through the application of digital technology, President John Dramani Mahama has said. With over 31 million mobile line subscribers in Ghana, he said the government was poised to apply mobile phone technology to reach out to farmers with new ideas, to improve production and …

Crop modification techniques

July 24th, 2015 / Biology Fortified, US

To help educate people about the many methods that are used to generate new traits in plants, Biology Fortified has created an infographic on six different crop modification techniques, with examples of crops generated with each method. We hope that it will to help people understand and relate to the …