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Agribusiness in Africa: CEOs weigh in

June 16th, 2016 / How we made it in Africa

The biggest opportunity for growth over the next year, according to Africa’s agribusiness CEOs, is the improved penetration of markets in which they already operate. The biggest barrier to growth? Access to technology. Read …

Will microbes save agriculture?

June 13th, 2016 / LA Times, US

Right under our feet – that’s where David Perry believes the next agricultural revolution will come from – the millions of unseen microbes in soil that play a crucial but complicated role in the well-being of plants. Perry believes that he can repackage beneficial bacteria and fungi as something akin …

Agriculture challenges facing Africa’s food systems

June 13th, 2016 / Geeskaafrika.com

Every day – all around the world – farmers face the same common threats to their productivity and livelihood. In Africa, however, the challenges go beyond damaging weather, pests and disease. Farmers at all scales of production need access to the inputs required to produce a successful crop – high-yielding …

New programme to improve Ghana’s food safety and grow agricultural exports

June 3rd, 2016 / Modern Ghana

The International Executive Service Corps (IESC), a non-profit organisation, has been awarded a two-year program that will improve the quality of Ghanaian fruit and vegetables for export. The Improving Food Safety Systems Program, valued at US$2.8 million, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will draw on …

Africa: Global Soil Partnership endorses guidelines on sustainable soil management

June 3rd, 2016 / FAO, Italy

The Global Soil Partnership (GSP) endorsed a set of voluntary guidelines for sustainable soil management at its plenary conference at FAO this week, marking a step towards coordinated action to assure that the earth under our feet – a keystone of global food security – remains fertile. The GSP has …

What is a GMO anyway?

June 3rd, 2016 / MIT Technology Review, US

Policymakers trying to figure out how to oversee a new generation of genetically engineered crops face a dilemma: gene-editing techniques are making it more difficult to tell what a GMO even is. That’s important because the way GMOs are defined in new regulations, or in rules that will require food …

Combat poverty, malnutrition at household level with home-grown food

June 2nd, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali writes: For salaried low-income families home grown food may not only be a source of extra income if they can sell some of it but it is also a means of saving the money that would have been spent on buying food. Read …

Project develops first ever rice hybrids for farmers in Africa

June 2nd, 2016 / Elkurebedotcom, Nigeria

Rice farmers in Africa are set to dramatically increase their productivity with the new hybrid varieties that are capable of yielding up to 7 tonnes per hectare, courtesy of a public private partnership, Breeding by Design Project. According to a release issued by the head of Communications and Partnerships …

Young African with a biomedical degree prefers farming watermelons

May 27th, 2016 / AFKInsider, US

Annie Nyaga felt the pull of farming so strongly that soon after graduating from Kenya’s Egerton University with a degree in biomedical science, she returned the occupation of her parents — working the land. Today, she farms watermelons. Her business, Farm2Home, is more than a farm — it’s a …

Institute releases new varieties of maize, sorghum, groundnut

May 5th, 2016 / Daily Trust, Nigeria

The Institute of Agricultural Research (IAR), Samaru, Zaria in Kaduna State has released a number of new varieties of maize that might interest farmers across the country. Dr Aminu Ibrahim, Head of Extension unit of the institute, who spoke with Daily Trust at the just concluded National Agricultural show, …