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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 …

Livestock for food security and nutrition—Committee on World Food Security policy recommendations

May 11th, 2017 / ILRI

The Committee on World Food Security has made policy recommendations on the role of livestock in the sustainable development of agriculture – essential for poverty reduction and the achievement of food security and nutrition. The recommendations are based on the principles of improving resource efficiency, strengthening resilience and improving social …

Kenyan scientists warn of health risk on animal antibiotics use

April 21st, 2017 / Daily Nation, Kenya

The Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) has warned that increased use of antibiotics to boost growth of animals is endangering the health of meat consumers.
Kemri’s Director for Microbiology Research Sam Kariuki on Thursday said that 70 per cent of antibiotics sold over the counter are being used to boost animal …

Smart technologies to ensure sustainable farming

April 19th, 2017 / Ethiopian Herald

“There is something that we are not doing properly, that is why we keep on falling short of feeding the whole Africa,” mutters Dr. Kodjo P. Abassa, trying to get comfy on his chair. Dr. Abassa, former Adviser at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, has worked for more …

Scientists make a splash with urine experiment

March 23rd, 2017 / CIAT

A study conducted at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture is looking for a way to trap nitrogen from cattle urine in soil by harnessing the grass Brachiaria. Read …

Farm thefts: a big hindrance to agricultural development

March 7th, 2017 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow, Michael Ssali, reports: Farm thefts have become a major challenge and it is easy to understand why. The rapid population growth means more mouths to feed. The population increase has resulted in land fragmentation and smaller, overworked, and unproductive land plots. Unpredictable climatic conditions have further made it …

New app to help farmers manage livestock

January 16th, 2017 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

After losing all his rabbits from which he raised money that saw him through school, Ronald Katamba was inspired to seek not only a method to curb livestock theft, but also to monitor the animals and birds on farm.
It is how he came to develop an application that does exactly …

Make silage from sweet potato vines

November 30th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow, Michael Ssali writes: Uganda is the most important producer of sweet potatoes in Africa and only second to China globally. However the value of sweet potato vines as feed for animals is little understood by farmers.
Sweet potato is the third major food crop after cassava and bananas. While …

How gene editing will change agriculture, including livestock rearing

November 23rd, 2016 / Successful Framing

Gene editing, led by the discovery of CRISPR-Cas, promises widespread, accelerated, and targeted discoveries. Areas of the genome linked to specific traits can now be precisely edited. Cut and paste, so to speak. Gene editing could eventually provide a catalog of options for farmers to order exactly what they need. …

How to get the best out of animal manure

March 9th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

Advice for B4FA Fellow and farmer, Michael Ssali. Farmers with small plots of land must take good care of the soil to get maximum crop yields. Such farmers use simple tools like hoes, spades and watering cans but they are best positioned to fully inspect their gardens and to successfully …