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New project to help cocoa farmers tackle climate change

August 11th, 2015 / SciDev.net

B4FA Fellow Samuel Hinneh reports on a project based on applied climate science has been launched to help cocoa farmers in Ghana adapt to the effects of climate change. The project, which targets cocoa-based farming systems in Ghana, leverages existing value chain interventions and will translate climate science into actionable …

Video: Management of weeds in rice

August 10th, 2015 / Youtube.com

B4FA Fellow Noah Nash talks to weed scientist at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and the Savannah Agricultural Research Institute(CSIR-SARI) Michael Mawunya, who explains that proper land preparation is critical in weed management of rice fields. See …

Green shoots for Ghana’s flower industry

August 4th, 2015 / The Africa Report

It is early afternoon and a small group of women are tending to rows of yellow, pink, orange and red variations of heliconia tropical flowers as part of a gender-focused social enterprise program channelled through Eden ‘n’ Eve, a 10-acre flower farm owned by Sefa Gohoho-Boatin.  See …

Ghana: improving maize yields

August 3rd, 2015 / Youtube.com

B4FA Fellow Yao Noah Nash reports: Some famers under the Integrated Agricultural Productivity Improvement and Marketing Project in the West Mamprusi district in the Northern Region have been taken through a maize demonstration farm to learn and adopt the best practices in maize cultivation to improve their farm yields.  See …

New vegetable lab launched to boost food security

July 30th, 2015 / SciDev.net, UK

B4FA Fellow Samuel Hinneh reports: A new regional lab. in Ghana, the Vegetables Innovation Laboratory (VIL) at the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), University of Ghana, aims to develop the vegetable industry through research, development and innovation to improve food and nutritional security in West Africa. It will …

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 …

New BT cotton field trial proves successful In Northern Ghana‎

July 6th, 2015 / News Diary Online

A new variety of Bacillus thuringiensis (BT) Cotton, which underwent trial in Northern Ghana, has proved successful. B4FA Fellow Abdallah el-Kurebe reports.Read …

Ghana: Players in seed industry form association

July 3rd, 2015 / NewsGhana

The Seed Trade Association of Ghana (STAG) has been formally launched to promote the interest of its members. Its operations include the supply, production, processing, distribution and marketing of improved seeds of assorted cereals, legumes, vegetables, root and tuber varieties. The organization forges strong partnerships with the public sector to deliver …

Has the media failed Ghanaians on the GM debate?

June 25th, 2015 / Ghana Web

The raging debate over whether Ghana should accept Genetically Modified Foods (GM Foods) into the country’s food chain continues unabated. It has been contentious, and clouded with a lot of emotions and anti imperialism talk, which has not helped steer the conversation to allow for Ghanaians to make informed decisions …

100 multipurpose crop planters for women smallholder farmers

June 23rd, 2015 / YouTube

B4FA Fellow Noah Nash reports: the introduction of the multi-purpose crop planter seeks to address the inefficiencies in production, as well as cost of labour challenges among women smallholder farmers. USAID Ghana through the Agriculture Technology Transfer project has presented 100 multi-purpose crop planters to women smallholder farmers in the …