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Cabbages trump coffee for Tanzania’s climate-stressed farmers

May 21st, 2015 / Reuters

The 72-year-old farmer from Moshi Rural district in Tanzania’s northern Kilimanjaro region depended for decades on coffee farming. But climate shifts, together with a rust disease that causes trees to shrink and become unproductive, have decimated his yields. So he’s turned to cabbages, onions, lettuce and potatoes – and he …

Climate change hitting African farmers hardest

May 18th, 2015 / SBS, Australia

Climate change is affecting all regions of the globe, with some places, such as Africa, more vulnerable its devastating effects than others due to their very high dependency on agriculture. But mitigation efforts could really help alleviate the impacts. Read …

Achieving food self sufficiency through increasing productivity on small-scale farms

May 18th, 2015 / The Ethiopian Herald

There are two ways that could help enhance agricultural productivity. One is by expanding mechanized farming in the vast areas which utilize hi-tech inputs such as employing tractors,pesticides,fertilizers and irrigated water as well as biotechnology. The other approach is achieving agricultural productivity within small scale farms by utilizing sufficient …

Initiative aims to safeguard citrus crops in Kenya and Tanzania

May 14th, 2015 / African Farming, UK

US$1.3mn initiative has been launched in Kenya to address issues affecting citrus fruit production. The project, which will be run by the Nairobi-based International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) and its partners, will be tackle the twin problems of insect pests and diseases in Kenya and Tanzania. …

Importance of good seed

May 13th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow, Michael Ssali reports “One of the issues holding back our country’s agricultural production is farmers’ failure to access good quality seed… Many farmers don’t buy seeds and lack correct information about the advantages of planting good quality seed. Yet under the National Agricultural Research Organization (Naro), several research …

Cameroon: food security – new variety of leguminous plants available

May 12th, 2015 / allAfrica.com

Women from the Centre, North and West Regions in Cameroon are learning how to diversify sources of revenue by baking biscuits using beans, soya beans, groundnuts and peanut flour. The flour is made out of a new varieties of leguminous plants rich in calcium, protein and iron. Read …

Using crop genetic resources to help agriculture adapt to climate change

May 11th, 2015 / USDA Report

Climate change poses significant risks to future crop productivity as temperatures rise, rainfall patterns become more variable, and pest and disease pressures increase. The use of crop genetic resources to develop varieties more tolerant to rapidly changing environmental conditions will be an important part of agricultural adaptation to climate change. …

Kenyan government urged to lift its ban that on GMO imports

May 9th, 2015 / Coast Week, Kenya

Scientists meeting in Nairobi have urged the government to lift the ban that was imposed on the importation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in 2012. The Open Forum for Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa (OFAB) said that the ban has slowed down the momentum that Kenya has built in agricultural research. …

Forests, trees and landscapes for food security and nutrition

May 9th, 2015 / International Union of Forest Research Organisations, Austria

About one in nine people globally still suffer from hunger with the majority of the hungry living in Africa and Asia. The world’s forests have great potential to improve their nutrition and ensure their livelihoods. In fact, forests and forestry are essential to achieve food security as the limits of …

What does the world eat?

May 8th, 2015 / FAO

FAO provides updated data on what we eat and what food’s available – from 245 countries and regions. Read …