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Invest in agriculture, not oil – Mo Ibrahim to Ghana

November 20th, 2015 / Pulse.com, Ghana

“You can live without oil, you cannot live without food. So agriculture should be sexy. It should be nice, interesting – not boring,” Mo Ibrahim said in as address to the gathering at the John Agyekum Kufuor Foundation 4 Global Development Lecture Series at the University of Ghana, Legon on …

Ghana high court rules in favour of biotech

November 12th, 2015 / ISAAA, US

An Accra Fast Track High Court dismissed the request of food advocacy organization, Foreign Sovereignty Ghana (FSG), to shelve the commercialization of biotech cowpea and rice until the provisions of the Biosafety Act were fully implemented. According to Justice Dennice Adjei, the commercialization of biotech products would not affect Ghanaians …

Ghana faces biotech research, funding crisis

October 30th, 2015 / AllAfrica

Dr. Marian D. Quain, a molecular biologist and genetic engineer at the Crop Science and Research Institution-Crop Research Institute (CSIR-CRI), has said the CRI has no funds to undertake research work in their field as research scientists. Ghana, as a country, relies on research from other countries to undertake our …

Using radioactive material to increase Africa’s crop yields

October 23rd, 2015 / SciDev.net, UK

A tech that uses radioactive material is increasing crop yields in some nations. It has raised tea yields by 17 per cent in Tanzania and aided water use in Ghana.An expert hopes other African nations would adopt it to spur food security. Read …

Ghana loses 30 per cent of crop yields to pests, diseases

October 12th, 2015 / Graphic Online

In Ghana, the impact of pests and diseases on crop production is a threat to the country’s food security. An initiative called “Plant Wise” executed by the nonprofit Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International seeks to mitigate their effects on crop yields. So far, 66 plant clinics have been established in …

Ghanaian farmers call on government to support biotech outreach

October 8th, 2015 / ISAAA

Ghanaian Farmer Leaders are challenging their government and scientists to intensify outreach to farmers and other stakeholders in order to allay fears on the safety of GM crops and other biosafety issues. In a biotechnology and biosafety sensitization workshop held at Techiman, Central Ghana, the leaders stated that if similar …

B4FA Week in Review – 7 October 2015

October 7th, 2015 / B4FA.org

Agricultural leaders and experts met last week in Lusaka, Zambia, for the 2015 African Green Revolution Forum. Themed “Walking the Talk on Youth and Women: Bringing Inclusive Agricultural Markets to Life,” the summit focused on engaging Africa’s fast-growing youth population in the continent’s agribusiness industry as a way of providing jobs, …

Urbanisation reducing Ghanaian smallholders’ lands

October 5th, 2015 / SciDev.net, B4FA Fellow Samuel Hinneh

According to a new report, fertile farmlands are rapidly declining in Ghana due to pressure from population growth and urbanisation, threatening rural livelihoods and food security. The study calls for land audits to ascertain appropriate land use and urges the development of high-yielding crops for smallholders. Photo: Francisco Anzola, used …

Ghana: Rice farmers urged to adopt nursing and transplanting methods for rice cultivation

September 28th, 2015 / Youtube.com

B4FA Fellow Noah Nash reports: small holder farmers in rice production in the northern region have been advised to adopt nursing and transplanting of rice cultivation to avoid over crowding and also increase crop yield on their farms. The Project Manager under Integrated Agricultural Productivity Improvement and Marketing Project, …