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Embrace biotech to boost agric production — Prof. Alhassan

August 1st, 2016 / Graphic Online, Ghana

The Director of Biotechnology and Stewardship for Sustainable Agriculture in West Africa (BSSA), Professor Walter Sandow Alhassan, has called on Ghanaians to embrace the use of biotechnology in agriculture production to ensure increased crop yields to secure the country’s food basket. See …

Reduce the use of herbicides in yam production, caution scientists

July 29th, 2016 / Youtube.com

B4FA Fellow, Noah Nash reports from Ghana: A Yam breeder with the Savannah Agricultural Research Institute (SARI, Dr. Emmanuel Chambas has urged yam growers in the northern region to minimise the use of chemical in the production of yam set for the export market. See …

Ghana: Seven WACCI students graduate with PhDs in plant breeding

July 25th, 2016 / Ghana News Agency

The fight against food insecurity and malnutrition received a boost as seven students, from six African countries – Ghana,Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Cameroon, Kenya and Niger graduated with PhDs in plant breeding from WACCI at the University of Ghana. Professor Eric Yirenkyi Danquah, Director of WACCI, said the Centre was optimistic …

Cover crops play key role in conservation agriculture in rice sector

July 25th, 2016 / Youtube.com

B4FA Fellow Noah Nash reports: The principal research scientist in charge of rice research and development at Savanna Agriculture Research Institute, Dr. Wilson Dogbe has revealed that choice of cover crop plays a key role in the adaption of conservation agriculture in the rice sector in lowland areas in Ghana’s …

US shitake-farmer volunteers work with oyster mushroom farmers in Ghana

July 15th, 2016 / AfricanBrains, Kenya

Under the auspices of USAID agency’s ACDI/VOCA Farmer-to-Farmer Program, Douglass and Dr. Sandra Williams of Lost Creek Mushroom Farm volunteered as mushroom experts in Ghana, West Africa. They trained mushroom farmers, set up a shiitake mushroom log production research project, and pursued plans for a spawn (mushroom seed material) laboratory …

Researchers discuss ways to boost agricultural extension

July 12th, 2016 / Graphic Online, Ghana

Researchers, academics and policy makers from West Africa have met in Accra to discuss ways to boost agricultural extension programmes in the sub-region. The meeting provided a platform for the participants to assess the role stakeholders play, as well as re-draw plans regarding ownership and sustainability of funds from the …

Scientist support for the adoption of GMOs

June 7th, 2016 / News Ghana

According to the scientists, Ghana must also consider mainstreaming biotechnology into its crop and animal improvement plans to guarantee sustainable food security for the populace. They cautioned that, “If in 10 years time we don’t invest in biotechnology we will face a lot of problems” in terms of food security. …

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 …

African smallholders to get stress-tolerant maize

April 23rd, 2016 / SciDev.net, UK

B4FA Fellow Samuel Hinneh reports: A new project that aims to provide farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa with stress-tolerant maize varieties has been launched to help the region boost food security. The Stress Tolerant Maize for Africa (STMA) project will apply conventional breeding techniques to develop maize varieties and hybrids capable …

Smallholder farmers introduced to Purdue Improved Crop Storage bags

April 18th, 2016 / Youtube.com

B4FA Fellow Noah Nash reports: Farmers in the East Mamprusi District in the Northern Region have been introduced to a new storage sack aimed at improving crop storage. The Purdue Improved Crop Storage sack is also to help reduce post harvest losses associated with storage of farm produce after harvesting. …