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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 …

Nominate someone for the Africa Food Prize – could it be YOU

May 12th, 2017 / Africa Food Proze

The nomination process for the Africa Food Prize starts with nominations being sent to the Africa Food Prize Secretariat. The Africa Food Prize Secretariat then assists the Africa Food Prize Committee to screen and select candidates.
The Africa Food Prize Committee chooses the Africa Food Prize winner by unanimous vote. The …

Video: Obama on GMOs — ‘Humanity has always engaged in genetic modifications’

May 12th, 2017 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

In one of his first public appearances since leaving the White House, former President Barack Obama opened up about his views on GMOs and gene-edited food — topics he shied away from during his eight years in office.
After a quick $3.26 million speech at the Seeds & Chips Global Food …

Why South Africa’s agricultural industry needs digital transformation

May 10th, 2017 / BIZCommunity, South Africa

The evolution of technology is transforming the world. Digital technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), advanced machinery and artificial intelligence are changing the way people work, making processes more efficient and helping to create innovative new products and services. The digital transformation of the agricultural sector will impact …

Global GM crops reduced farm chemical usage and CO2 emissions in 2016 boom year

May 9th, 2017 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Examining the benefits of biotechnology, ISAAA reports that the adoption of biotech crops has reduced CO2 emissions equal to removing approximately 12 million cars from the road annually in recent years; conserved biodiversity by removing 19.4 million hectares of land from agriculture in 2015; and decreased the environmental impact with …

Tackling hidden hunger – biofortification

May 8th, 2017 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Back in the 60s, the Green Revolution changed the way we looked at food, both in terms of growing and eating. The focus was simply this — to increase production of staples so no one would go hungry.
Today, most of us do get enough to eat, in terms of calories, …

Huge opportunities in agriculture and agribusiness for graduate African youths

May 7th, 2017 / AfDB.org

There are huge business opportunities for graduated African youths in agriculture and agribusiness. That’s was the consensus of the two-day African Youth Agripreneurs Forum held in Ibadan, Nigeria, from April 25-26, 2017.
However, helping African youths to invest in agricultural production and the agricultural value chain is all too often discussed …

Africa’s indigenous technology for rural women economic empowerment

April 27th, 2017 / AllAfrica.com

Rural women are very closely associated with indigenous technology. According to an academic paper by Susanto Basu and David Weil titled Appropriate Technology and Growth in 1998, innovation that is based on indigenous knowledge is a pertinent driver of economic growth. What this means is that products or services and …

Microbes, new weapon against agricultural pests in Africa

April 26th, 2017 / IPS News, US

Microscopic soil organisms could be an environmentally friendly way to control crop pests and diseases and even protect agriculture against the impacts of climate change, a leading researcher says.
Africa is battling an outbreak of trans-boundary pests and diseases like the invasive South America fall armyworm (FAW), tomato leaf miner and …