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Vodafone powers Ugandan farmers

August 10th, 2015 / East African Business Week

More use of ICT could help ease some of the most pressing problems associated with commercialising agriculture in Uganda. During the ‘Vodafone power talks’ that took place a few days ago, farmers and ICT experts came together to discuss how they can use ICT to enhance agriculture production. See …

GMO technologies and the realities

August 10th, 2015 / Swarajya, India

The decision makers need to dispassionately study the GMO technology. They need to take the lead in standing up to the anti-science activists and sift the wheat from the chaff. See …

The next generation of billionaires from Africa will be farmers

August 7th, 2015 / Farmbiz Africa

Akinwumi Adesina, a Nigerian Minister believes that farming will soon be producing more millionaires and billionaires than any other sector in Africa. And succesful businessman, lawyer and parliamentary aspirant Victor Ogeto Swanya, adds that “once Kenyans begin embracing modern methods of farming, then they will realize that there is a …

Fish farming now a big hit in Africa

August 7th, 2015 / IPS

The rising fish farming trend comes at a time when the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) has been on record as calling for initiatives such as fish farming to be replicated in order for Africa to harness the full potential of its fisheries in order to strengthen national economies, …

I have been growing mushrooms for 20 years

August 6th, 2015 / Daily Monitor

Asenath Byaruhanga tells B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru about mushroom growing, how she tried a number of businesses before she settled for mushroom growing, how the business has grown and now involves her whole family.  See …

Superior seeds, better farming practices make Lwanga a millionaire

August 6th, 2015 / The Sunrise

B4FA Fellow Henry Lutaaya reports: Lwanga’s name is almost synonymous with success in modern agriculture across the sub-county and perhaps the entire district of Lwengo. His ten-acre garden stands out in stark contrast with his neighbours’, thanks in great part to his appreciation of the science of the use of …

Why Africa offers growing opportunities for agricultural products

August 6th, 2015 / The Conversation

The main drivers of demand for agricultural products are population growth, urbanisation, economic growth and changing diets. Population growth brings greater demand, urbanisation leads to more people buying food rather than producing their own, economic growth increases purchasing power while changing diets implies that people are opting for diverse, and …

Protecting crop varieties boosts plant breeding, benefits farmers

August 5th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

Protection of new varieties of plants is an important aspect of the agriculture sector. Among others, it facilitates access to improved plant varieties, a key input in farming through protection of the breeder to exclusively benefit from commercial exploitation of their improved variety. This motivates the breeder to invest in …

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 …

Re-imagining African agriculture

August 3rd, 2015 / UNEP, Kenya

Over 1,200 experts, policy makers and participants today adopted the Nairobi Action Agenda on Ecosystem based Adaptation for food security and formed the Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security Assembly (EBAFOSA), which re-imagines a system of agriculture for the continent that would be beneficial both economically and environmentally. As the …