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Saving African cassava from whiteflies

January 28th, 2016 / TED, US

For decades, the farmers of East Africa have battled the African whitefly, a tiny insect that infests the cassava crop. Cassava, also called manioc, arrowroot or tapioca, is an important food all over the world — more than half a billion people (yes, billion with a b) rely on cassava …

The importance of using herbicides

November 4th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali reports: These days, it is extremely difficult to practice productive farming without the use of chemicals to protect crops from pests, diseases as well as the weeds especially for the farmers that are operating on a large scale. Read …

Ghana loses 30 per cent of crop yields to pests, diseases

October 12th, 2015 / Graphic Online

In Ghana, the impact of pests and diseases on crop production is a threat to the country’s food security. An initiative called “Plant Wise” executed by the nonprofit Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International seeks to mitigate their effects on crop yields. So far, 66 plant clinics have been established in …

Kenya: New hope for mango farmers as destructive bug meets its foe

August 11th, 2015 / The Star, Kenya

The fruit fly, a pest that has plagued mango farmers for years, has an unlikely foe – its own species. A new technology uses the pest as a host to a fungus that ensures the fruit fly’s own destruction. See …

Rwanda: Farmers urged to consider deploying insects against maize stem borer pests

July 2nd, 2015 / AllAfrica.com

Agricultural scientists are calling for more research and investment in the use of parasitoid species, aptly referred to as ‘natural enemies’, to control pests in sub-Saharan Africa. They are observing the efficacy of various natural enemies such as cotesia flavipes and cotesia sesamiae (both types of wasp larvae) and certain types …