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Ethiopia: cultivating rice in arid areas – its prospects

May 26th, 2017 / AllAfrica.com

Studies indicate that rice is consumed by the half of the world population and it is also a staple food in the middle east and in Asia. In Ethiopia rice is not a widely cultivated crop but there are vast paddy fields which have the potential for cultivating rice. Rice …

Africa needs to encourage entrepreneurship

May 26th, 2017 / Huffington Post, South Africa

African governments must encourage entrepreneurship in their domestic policies to see stronger economic growth, this is according to the African Economic Outlook (AEO) 2017 which was released on Monday, May 22 2017. The report details Africa’s sluggish economic growth in 2015 which fell to 2.2 percent from 3.4 percent because …

Mixed farming systems and global food security

May 25th, 2017 / Claudia Canales, B4FA

Mixed farming, the combined production of crops and livestock, is central to current and future global food supplies. Two thirds of all people, and most of the world’s poor, work in such systems to produce a significant proportion of key staple crops: 86 per cent of rice, 74 per cent …

Global seed industry urged to innovate to address global challenges

May 24th, 2017 / ISAAA, US

The global seed industry was urged to “respond and adapt to global challenges to ensure it continues to thrive and not just to survive” by International Seed Federation (ISF) President, Jean-Cristophe Gouache, during the World Seed Congress opening on May 22, 2017 in Budapest, Hungary. Mr. Gouache added that the …

‘Cool Agriculture’ will attract African youth

May 24th, 2017 / Joyonline

Former President Mahama says Africa needs its educated youth who can understand the principles of increased agricultural productivity to participate in the sector.
He said the bane of African agriculture is the disinterest of the educated young people in the sector, bemoaning the perception by most that agriculture is back breaking, …

Ethiopia: maize seed adoption programme surpasses goal

May 23rd, 2017 / AllAfrica.com

The Advanced Maize Seed Adoption Program (AMSAP), a public-private partnership (PPP) between the US Agency for International Development (USAID), DuPont, and the Government of Ethiopia, surpassed its goal by 150pc to boost the production of maize among smallholder farmers in Ethiopia.
The programme aimed to help 100,000 smallholder farmers in 16 …

Can CRISPR feed the world?

May 22nd, 2017 / Phys.org

As the world’s population rises, scientists want to edit the genes of potatoes and wheat to help them fight plant diseases that cause famine.
By 2040, there will be 9 billion people in the world. “That’s like adding another China onto today’s global population,” said Professor Sophien Kamoun of the Sainsbury …

Establishing seeds as the key element in climate-smart responses to food security

May 19th, 2017 / Reliefweb

In a world of plenty, climate-smart seed is conspicuously scarce
The effects of climate change are highly visible around the world, and examples illustrating the challenges faced by regions abound. The Pacific is no exception – a particularly vulnerable region when it concerns the impacts of climate change. Rising sea levels …

Geneticists engineer a virus to fight citrus disease

May 19th, 2017 / The Scientist

Since 2005, Candidatus Liberibacter, a genus of bacteria that is spread by Asian citrus psyllids (Diaphorina citri) and turns fruit green and bitter, has been devastating orange crops in the United States. “There’s a real race on right now to try to save the citrus,” Carolyn Slupsky, a food scientist …

Adapting to climate smart agriculture by Ugandan farmer

May 15th, 2017 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali reports: It is now a fact that we are locked into global warming and the current changes in climatic patterns have a direct impact on rainfall variability as well as the frequency of weather extremes. Our TV screens have displayed dying livestock due to severe drought …