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Digital technology cloud hangs over every African farm

March 7th, 2016 / East African, Kenya

The digital cloud is high above every smallholder farm in Africa. We have the opportunity to bring the power of the cloud down to earth, and transform the ability of smallholder farmers to access finance, information and markets as never before. On Monday, a landmark edition of the international journal …

Nairobi bioscience hub takes Africa to the next scientific frontier

February 23rd, 2016 / The Star, Kenya

Before the Biosciences Eastern and Central Africa (BecA) hub was established at the Nairobi-based International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), scientists from Kenya and the region would flock foreign institutions to seek opportunities for research. Many would graduate from the institutions and opt to work in the host countries. But as …

Four African agricultural start-ups leading the field

February 5th, 2016 / CNN, US

As The World Bank recently reported, food production in sub-Saharan Africa needs to increase by 60 percent over the next 15 years to feed a growing population. But with the challenges to improve production, come new opportunities. Women across the continent are taking matters into their own hands, and kick-starting …

Agriculture doesn’t have to be a poor people’s game

February 2nd, 2016 / How we made it in Africa

For decades, farmers in Africa have been portrayed as illiterate, old and poor. But agribusiness is gradually becoming ‘cool’, championed by wealthy public figures, and tech-savvy youth developing new solutions for the industry. Increasingly, agribusiness is being advocated as a viable career for Africa youth, many of whom grew up …

Plentiful short rains boost Kenya’s food security

February 1st, 2016 / Ghana News

The report published by food security experts from the Famine Early Warning Systems (FEWS Net), an agency which provides early warning and analysis on food insecurity, says the El Nino-related rains which pounded several parts of Kenya are expected to boost food security in Kenya by helping a significant recovery …

Africa gets new centre for agricultural innovation

January 22nd, 2016 / SciDev.net, UK

A new research centre that will help African countries promote innovation in the agricultural sector to combat rural poverty and hunger has been inaugurated. The Green Innovation Center, which was inaugurated at AfricaRice in Benin this month (3 January), aims to boost agricultural productivity, increase the incomes of smallholder farmers …

Breeding silk worms: Some lessons to learn from Kenya

January 15th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow, Lominda Afedraru, writes: In Africa, the demand for raw silk is huge, especially in the textile industry. but farmers have not been sensitised to adapt sericulture—the rearing of silk worms, unlike in Kenya where Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organisation (KALRO) breeds silkworms to strengthen the capacity of …

Biosafety authority gives nod to GM maize, cotton

January 11th, 2016 / People's Daily, Kenya

The National Biosafety Authority (NBA) has recommended the lifting of a ban on imports of genetically modified organisms as the body prepares to decide on applications by companies, including Monsanto, for environmental release of their products in the country. Read …

Kenya regulator recommends lifting of ban GM crops

January 7th, 2016 / Mail and Guardian Africa

KENYA’S National Biosafety Authority recommended the government lift a ban on imports of genetically modified organisms as the body prepares to decide on applications by companies including Monsanto Co. for environmental release of their products in the East African nation. “We recommend lifting the ban,” National Biosafety Authority Chief Executive …

Kenyan Regulator to Decide On Fate of GMO Crops This Month

January 6th, 2016 / East African, Kenya

Kenyans will know whether genetically modified maize will be grown in the country at the end of this month. This follows an application by a group of scientists at the Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organisation (Kalro) and the African Agricultural Technology Foundation who are pushing for GM maize seeds …