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Zambia encouraged to commercialize traditional foods like cassava and millet

May 19th, 2015 / Times of Zambia

The Zambian government has called for commercialisation of traditional food in the country to cope with the current demand on the local and international markets. Agriculture and Livestock Deputy Minister Greyford Monde said there was need to promote traditional products. Read …

Solution to virus-threatened African cassava faces anti-GMO protests

May 14th, 2015 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Cassava, Uganda’s major staple after matooke, feeds over half a billion people in the world with Africa contributing to about 50% of the global production. But the crop is threatened, and it appears that only the only solution rests with advanced biotechnology to create virus resistant transgenic varieties. Read …

Uganda government boost coffee production with free seeds

May 5th, 2015 / Farmbiz Africa

Ugandan government has embarked on an ambitious project to distribute 300 million coffee free in a move aimed at doubling the current coffee production to over 7 million bags annually. The initiative which is part of the government renewed effort in revolutionarizing agriculture through the programme dubbed Operation Wealth …

Farmers turn wild sunflowers into low cost fertilizer

May 5th, 2015 / Farmbiz Africa

A group of farmers in Gatanga have found a way to produce local fertilizer that is delivering a much cheaper and more effective alternative to synthetic fertliser and a new business opportunity at grassroots level. The liquid fertiliser is made from a plant that grows wild in rural areas of …

GMOs could save banana industry but could consumers accept it?

May 4th, 2015 / Genetic Literacy Project

The international banana industry only has itself to blame for its vulnerability to panama disease, and faces annihilation if the fungus continues to spread, according to an expert on global banana production.The banana industry is a monoculture, focussing primarily on the growth and trade of the Cavendish banana. Read …

Heat tolerant beans fight climate change

April 29th, 2015 / Farmbiz Africa

Bean breeders have discovered 30 types of ‘heat beater beans’ that could keep production from crashing in large swaths of bean-dependent Latin America and Africa, in the wake of fears that global warming could zap a vital source of protein that has sustained humans for centuries. Read …

Why are more African countries accepting genetically modified food?

March 28th, 2015 / AFK Insider

According to the UN conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) 2010 report, Africa’s capacity to provide food has declined by one-fifth over the past 40 years. This has been proposed as a reason why the continent should adopt genetically engineered crops. Read …

Scientists and farmers recognise need for biotech in Ghana

March 27th, 2015 / Crop Biotech Update

The President of the Ghana National Association of Farmers and Fishermen, John Awuku said that farmers, especially small holder farmers, have recognized the important role that improved seeds and fertilizers play in increasing yield and income. He noted that Ghana needs a vigorous education campaign on GMO, plant breeding …

East African Business Week Interviews B4FA’s Prof. Chris Leaver

January 25th, 2013

This week, B4FA’s Scientific Advisor, Prof. Chris Leaver was interviewed by East African Business Week‘s Kenan Kalagho – read excerpts below to hear Prof. Leaver’s views on food security, plant genetics and GM crops…

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