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Action plan developed to tackle fall armyworm in Africa

May 16th, 2017 / SciDev.net

B4FA Fellow Samuel Hinneh reports: Research that explores the interaction between fall armyworm life patterns and insecticide spray timing is urgently needed to tackle the pest currently devastating maize in Africa, scientists say.
The fall armyworm, scientifically called Spodoptera frugiperda, is native to the Americas, and attacks maize and a variety …

Armyworm invasion forces Ghana to declare agricultural state of emergency

May 9th, 2017 / Face2FaceAfrica

The Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, asked the Ghanaian Parliament to declare an “agricultural state of emergency” in the country as the current armyworm invasion jeopardizes agriculture as a source of food and income.
In a memo addressed to the Cabinet Monday, Akoto called on Parliament to allow the …

Sweet potato project improves nutrition and incomes

May 1st, 2017 / SciDev.net

B4FA Fellow Samuel Hinneh reports: Farmers and entrepreneurs in West Africa are benefiting from a project that offers improved sweet potato varieties and market access. The US$4 million project that began in April 2014 and ended last month (March 2017) was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and …

Ghana’s Northern Rural Growth Programme – innovative way to make agriculture a worthy investment for rural farmers

April 28th, 2017 / AllAfrica.com

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) sought the African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) financial support to implement the Northern Rural Growth Programme (NRGP) in Ghana at a total cost of US$ 92.79 million. The programme was designed with the overall goal of ensuring equitable and sustainable reduction of poverty and …

Bumper crop of cocoa is no sweet deal for African farmers

April 20th, 2017 / MarketPlace, US

Seventy percent of cocoa comes from West Africa, mostly Ivory Coast and Ghana. The supply can swing way up or down depending on political instability and the weather there. “At times coca prices’ annualized volatility can be as much as 20 to 25 percent,” said James Butterfill, head of research …

Ghana V-P targets youth in agriculture

February 24th, 2017 / Peace FM Online

As part of moves to tackle graduate unemployment and to encourage youth in Agriculture, His Excellency the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, in collaboration with CIEDOM – HOG International and the University of Cape Coast School of Agriculture, will soon launch an entertainment cum education project dubbed: ‘the Ultimate Farmer …

Ghanaian agriculture students welcome ‘Champions for Change’ initiative

February 6th, 2017 / Ghana News Agency

Agricultural science students’ from Ghanaian universities have welcomed Africa Lead’s
– Champions for Change initiative – that trains youth leaders to champion innovations in the agricultural sector for increased food production and improved livelihoods.
The students were drawn from a number of tertiary institutions in the country including: University of Cape Coast …

Ghana’s government lauds WACCI for enhancing food security

December 6th, 2016 / Ghana New Agency

The University of Ghana’s West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) has been commended for its initiative towards enhancing food security in Ghana and the West African subregion.
Mrs Mona Quartey, a Deputy Minister of Finance, commended WACCI for being one of the most outstanding Africa Centres of Excellence (ACE) in the …

USAID has launched a five-year sustainable Shea initiative for seven West African states

November 10th, 2016 / Youtube.com

B4FA Fellow Noah Nash reports: USAID Ghana in partnership with the Global Shea Alliance has launched a five-year sustainable Shea initiative for seven West African countries. The initiative will see to the implementation of promotional and improved sustainable production activities to enhance the Shea industry in West Africa. See …

Animal scientist recommends intensive method of pig rearing system

October 28th, 2016 / Youtube.com

B4FA Fellow Noah Nash reports: The Director for CSIR-Animals Research Institute, Dr. Franklin Avornyo has recommended an intensive method of pig rearing to pig producers in the northern region. According to him this will help reduce the possibilities of the animals attracting or transmitting diseases. See …