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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 …

Giving agricultural skills to school pupils

July 23rd, 2015 / FarmBiz, Africa

Mwangaza Farmers Group Organization (MFAGRO) a local organization in Vihiga County has introduced practical agriculture lessons in public primary schools in the region in a bid to impart farming skills to the young generation, making them to actively participate in food production.  Read …

Feeding 9 Billion

July 22nd, 2015 / B4FA

An authoritative but straightforward introduction to the scientific, social, environmental, political and legal issues involved in growing and bringing to market crops developed using new genetic technologies – crops which may well contribute to alleviating global hunger, especially in emerging economies. The primary focus is on genetic modification, where these …

The full truth about the anti-GMO campaign

July 20th, 2015 / The Innovation Files, US

One at a time, courageous journalists have followed the data, interrogated their presuppositions, and begun to pull back the many layers of curtains to illuminate the true intentions driving the global campaign against modern innovations in agriculture, aka “GMOs.”  Read …

Supporting smallholder farmers in climate change mitigation

July 20th, 2015 / IFAD, Italy

This report argues that helping farmers adapt to the impacts of climate change can also significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The study finds that mitigation could be another benefit of adaptation activities. It examines portfolio of projects focused on making smallholder agriculture more resilient to climate change.  Read …

Nigeria: tomato pests attack; experts say it is tuta absoluta

July 17th, 2015 / Daily Trust, Nigeria

Stakeholders in the agricultural sector have taken steps in order to save the destruction of tomatoes by ravaging disease in recent times. It was discovered that the disease, known as Tuta Absoluta, has the ability to destroy a whole tomato farm within 48 hours. Read …

African agriculture needs more of the green stuff

July 17th, 2015 / Guardian, UK

With Africa’s food needs set to triple by 2050, the head of the Alliance for the Green Revolution in Africa is calling for greater investment in farmers. As she prepared to travel to Ethiopia to participate in the UN summit on financing for development, Dr Agnes Kalibata said climate change …

Tanzania: fruit & veg industry to curb unemployment

July 16th, 2015 / Tanzania Daily News

As a solution to unemployment, alongside proper processing and storage of fishing and farm products, the government last year decided to establish the ‘Zanzibar Technology and Business Incubator (ZTBI)’ centre. The mission of ZTBI is to stimulate new business development and growth of enterprises into successful well structures and full …

SA’s GM maize: what you should know

July 16th, 2015 / Daily Maverick, South Africa

Between 70% and 80% of maize consumed in South Africa is genetically modified, and ours is the only country in the world whose staple is primarily GMO. So what? Three decades after its adoption, GM maize remains contentious. Read …