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How some African farmers are responding to climate change — and what we can learn from them

July 14th, 2017 / ensia.com

As sub-Saharan Africa’s climate changes, small-scale farmers are increasingly looking to innovative ways of dealing with agricultural challenges. And in some instances, the techniques they adopt are helping to combat climate change, too.
Alternative animal feed, climate-friendly grasses and the use of fodder trees are among the examples providing farmers resilience …

South-South cooperation critical in boosting Africa’s agricultural production

July 14th, 2017 / Xinhuanet, China

Uganda is in its second phase of implementing the South to South Cooperation program aimed at boosting agricultural production in the East African country.
Alhaji Jallow, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Country Representative to Uganda, told Xinhua in an interview that there is evidence that the model of farming, featuring sending …

East African scientists turn to gene sequencing against Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD)

July 13th, 2017 / African Marketplace, CNN

Cassava has no defense against a tiny insect that is decimating crops across East Africa, with dire economic and humanitarian consequences.
The whitefly carries two viruses that together destroy over $1 billion worth of cassava in Sub-Saharan Africa each year. Cassava Mosaic Disease (CMD) is the more established threat and does …

Scientists biofortify wheat to produce flour with more iron

July 13th, 2017 / ISAAA, US

Researchers from the John Innes Centre (JIC) have developed a variety of wheat that has high levels of iron. This new biofortified variety could help decrease the number of people with iron deficiency around the world.
Wheat contains iron in parts that are removed before milling. With the use of the …

Bringing smallholders and farming startups into the fold

July 13th, 2017 / BizCommunity, South Africa

Transformation. It’s a word we hear, and use, often. But how many of us take the time to pause and think about what it really means? By definition, transformation is “a thorough or dramatic change in form or appearance.”
My specific field of interest is education – and even more specifically, …

Soil nutrient depletion, major cause of food shortage in Africa

July 11th, 2017 / Xinhuanet, China

Experts at the three-day West Africa Fertilizer and Agri-Business Conference which began here on Monday identified depletion of soil nutrients as one of the key challenges to food security on the African continent.
Eugine Rurangwa, Land and Water Officer at the UN-Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) African Regional Office noted there …

We need to talk about nutritious, valuable “forgotten” fruit

July 6th, 2017 / GFAR

African pears, bush mangoes, tree tomatoes and other “forgotten fruits” are neglected and underutilized species that originate from tropical regions of the world. These species have been cultivated by indigenous peoples for millennia, and are very high in minerals, nutrients and vitamins. They can not only provide famine and malnutrition …

Tanzania: Sweet potato growers hope to boost output

July 5th, 2017 / AllAfrica

During field day demonstrations conducted by an agribusiness innovation group aiming to transform potato productivity in Tanzania, sweet-potato farmers learned that tissue culture technology can produce millions of clean seeds from high-yielding varieties, ultimately resulting in far more productive crops compared to the traditional method of planting pieces from cut …

New cassava varieties to ease hunger pangs in Kenya and beyond

July 5th, 2017 / MediaMax

New cassava varieties that should help alleviate Kenya’s food crisis are on the way.
Researchers say the Virus Resistant Cassava for Africa Plus (VIRCA Plus) varieties, which are disease-resistant and nutritionally enhanced, are expected to improve the livelihoods and health status of Kenyans and elsewhere Africa. The planting materials may be …

G20 countries must come together to fight famine and save millions of lives

July 3rd, 2017 / NDTV

As the German G20 Presidency aims to put in place a stable environment for investment in Africa, the spectre of famine is haunting millions of people in Africa and the Arab peninsula. Nearly 20 million people in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen are facing what has been described …