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Why extension service is key to farmers

September 18th, 2018 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali writes:
Although about 75 per cent of households in Uganda are involved in agriculture and most of our exports are from agriculture, our farmers lack sufficient guidance in farming practices to develop the sector.
We provide free seed to farmers and we talk about food security and wealth …

SARI introduces new technology to boost yam production

September 17th, 2018 / The Graphic, Ghana

The Savanna Agricultural Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (SARI-CSIR) at Nyankpala in the Northern Region has introduced a new technology to boost yam production in the country.
The seed yam technology, known as Aeroponics System (AS), is to address the inadequate seed yam production for …

Africa: global hunger continues to rise with Africa worst hit – UN Report

September 17th, 2018 / AllAfrica.com

The population of hungry people is rising across the world, a UN report has shown, with more than a quarter of them in Africa.
Out of the 821 million people who faced shortage of food in 2017, 257 million were found in the continent.
A new report on the State of Food …

Invest in typical agricultural institutions – Prof Nhamo

September 10th, 2018 / The Observer, Uganda

Uganda needs to open up more agricultural universities and tailor the studies in line with the country’s needs if the sector is to continue being the backbone for the economy, a South African professor has said.
Prof Godwell Nhamo, the chief researcher and lecturer at the University of South Africa (UNISA), …

Ghana’s anti-GMO farm leader adopts pro-GMO position

September 6th, 2018 / Alliance for Science, US

The former leader of the Peasant Farmers’ Association, Ghana’s primary anti-GMO farmers group, has switched sides to adopt a pro-GMO position.
Mohammed Adams Nasiru attributed his shift to receiving accurate information on agricultural biotechnology from the scientific community.
Nasiru was national president of the Peasant Farmers’ Association of Ghana for almost a …

“Learn from our (South African) biotech example”

September 6th, 2018 / Alliance for Science, US

South Africa is urging other African countries to learn from its latest strategy and adopt more holistic policies around biotechnology.
Ben Durham, chief director in charge of bio-innovation at South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology, said biotechnology adoption works better when it is clearly integrated into various aspects of a …

Killing fall armyworms naturally

September 3rd, 2018 / Access Agriculture

VIDEO: By making best use of farmers’ friends and local plants on the farm, nature will help you control the fall armyworm and reward you with a good and healthy crop. Watch the …

Scouting for fall armyworms

September 3rd, 2018 / Access Agriculture

VIDEO: Spraying pesticides is expensive and usually cannot control this pest. Visit your field twice a week for the first 6 weeks and kill any egg masses and young armyworms by hand. It is important to do scouting because without it, you will not have a harvest at the end …

Insect threats to food security

September 3rd, 2018 / Science, US

Globally, one out of nine people suffers from chronic hunger, and undernourishment is growing. Global average surface temperatures are also rising and are projected to increase by 2° to 5°C this century, with negative impacts on agricultural production. Even today, despite substantial plant protection efforts, about one-third of crops are …

Cowpea: A food and animal feed crop

August 31st, 2018 / Open Access Government

“Cowpea is a food and animal feed crop grown in the semi-arid tropics particularly the savannahs of West Africa but also other parts of Africa, Asia and the Americas. It originated in Southern Africa and the cultivated form was domesticated in West Africa.
“While it is a very important crop in …