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CRISPR tames the wild ground cherry

October 2nd, 2018 / Boyce Thompson Institute

The groundcherry (Physalis pruinosa) is approximately the same size as a cherry tomato, but with a much sweeter flavor. The tropical-tasting fruit is also a powerhouse in terms of nutritional value. Packed with Vitamin C, Vitamin B, beta-carotene, phytosterols, and antioxidants, plus anti-inflammatory and medicinal properties, this tiny fruit might just …

Best practices of post-harvest handling

September 26th, 2018 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow, Lominda Afedraru writes:
Horticulture farming is an important and increasingly becoming reliable source of foreign exchange earnings for the country.
The export earnings from the horticultural sector have been growing spectacularly over the years.
The country has a relatively low market share for almost all horticultural products and therefore, has …

Small-scale horticulture project transforming lives in Kenya

August 28th, 2018 / AllAfrica

Kenya has one of the most dynamic and innovative economies in sub-Saharan Africa. A decade after going through a food crisis and in the aftermath of the drought in 2016-2017, the country aims to achieve self-sufficiency in food products such as maize, tomato, cabbage, rice, beans, milk and meat. This …

African baobab tree big business

August 9th, 2018 / Africa News

Coca-Cola’s Innocent, U.K. yogurt maker Yeo Valley and U.S. wholesaler Costco are among the major brands to sell baobab products. The transformation has started to bring in much needed revenue to African farmers.
Through a cooperative called GIE, Baobab des Saveurs, a small company with buyers in Australia and Canada pays …

Researchers develop first gene drive targeting worldwide crop pest

April 20th, 2018 / Phys.org

Biologists at the University of California San Diego have developed a method of manipulating the genes of an agricultural pest that has invaded much of the United States and caused millions of dollars in damage to high-value berry and other fruit crops.
Research led by Anna Buchman in the lab of …

Geneticists engineer a virus to fight citrus disease

May 19th, 2017 / The Scientist

Since 2005, Candidatus Liberibacter, a genus of bacteria that is spread by Asian citrus psyllids (Diaphorina citri) and turns fruit green and bitter, has been devastating orange crops in the United States. “There’s a real race on right now to try to save the citrus,” Carolyn Slupsky, a food scientist …

He does his farming the smart way

August 25th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Henry Michael Ssali reports: Luka Kwesigabo from Ruhimbo in Kabingo Town Council practises mixed agriculture. He has his hands on various enterprises, which both mitigate the effects of climate change and earn him a decent living.
Armed with technical information from resource persons such as Sedrach Muhangi, a climatic …

Orange farmers get tips on disease management

August 11th, 2016 / Sunrise, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Henry Lutaaya reports: “The potential of orange farming in Uganda is huge, but the benefits are increasingly becoming elusive because of the rise in pests and diseases that attack the crop, costing farmers huge sums of money in pesticides and lost incomes.
“Thanks however to support from Korea Programme …

He grows fruit trees for food security and to conserve the environment

August 11th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow, Michael Ssali writes: ‘John Ssentongo of Lukindu Village in Kisekka Sub-county, Lwengo District, loves fruits and believes they are the solution to his community’s food shortage problem.
“When I set out to become a farmer I chose to grow mangoes, jackfruit, avocados, pawpaw and other fruit trees besides bananas, …

New programme to improve Ghana’s food safety and grow agricultural exports

June 3rd, 2016 / Modern Ghana

The International Executive Service Corps (IESC), a non-profit organisation, has been awarded a two-year program that will improve the quality of Ghanaian fruit and vegetables for export. The Improving Food Safety Systems Program, valued at US$2.8 million, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will draw on …