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Orange sweet potato reduces diarrhea in African children

June 16th, 2015 / IFPRI, US

A new study has found that orange sweet potato (OSP) reduced both the prevalence and duration of diarrhea in young children in Mozambique. The OSP was conventionally bred to provide more vitamin A in the diet. In Africa, more than 40 percent of children aged under five are estimated to …

Ethiopia: 52 of 100 seed varieties get approval

June 15th, 2015 / Addis Fortune, Ethiopia

The National Seed Approval Committee approved only 52 of the over 100 seed varieties submitted to it by federal and regional research institutions following their research which took as long as 12 years. Thirty-four of the varieties were developed at federally controlled research centres, while the rest were developed by …

Uganda: adapting to climate change, a toolkit for farmers

June 11th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

Farmers are set to benefit from a tool kit on how to mitigate effects of—and adapt to—climate change. The aim is to empower planners and farmers in three pilot districts—Mbarara, Wakiso and Lira—in implementing agricultural practices that respond appropriately. Read …

Nigeria’s sugarcane bio-factory producing disease-free seedlings

June 8th, 2015 / African Farming, UK

Production has begun at Nigeria’s first sugarcane bio-factory in the city of Zaria at Kaduna state. The facility, which will have the capacity to produce one million sugarcane seedlings per annum, was declared open by Nigerian trade minister Olusegun Aganga at Zaria’s Ahmadu Bello University in May 2015, saying …

Pharmacists tip farmers on opportunities in GM products

June 5th, 2015 / The Sunrise, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Henry Lutaaya writes: Ugandan farmers are losing billions of money to their counterparts in America and other countries, through importation of raw materials used in the pharmaceutical industry, which can be easily produced locally, including Artemisia annua. Pharmacists are blaming the situation on lack of information, misconceptions …

The search for genetic clues to combat herbicide resistant weeds

June 1st, 2015 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

The advent of Roundup for crop control has brought a long list of benefits for farmers, CSU professor Scott Nissen said, including savings in fuel and water, as well as a reduction in soil erosion. But, while the system has proven easy and effective, Nissen said reliance on a …

Helping youth to help farmers

May 28th, 2015 / Farmbiz Africa

The Ugandan government is distributing over 300million coffee seedlings in a period at a rate of 100 million annually. These are distributed freely to farmers in over the 82 coffee growing districts of the country. For the smooth running of the project, UCDA has identified about 1500 coffee seedling …

UG signs $2.9m agreement to improve agriculture research

May 21st, 2015 / Ghana Broadcasting Corporation

Agriculture experts at the University of Ghana say the country will encounter challenges with food security by 2050 if new food security crops are not developed. To prevent this danger, the College of Basic and Applied Sciences and the School of Agriculture sought a $2.9m assistance to facilitate research into …

Initiative aims to safeguard citrus crops in Kenya and Tanzania

May 14th, 2015 / African Farming, UK

US$1.3mn initiative has been launched in Kenya to address issues affecting citrus fruit production. The project, which will be run by the Nairobi-based International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) and its partners, will be tackle the twin problems of insect pests and diseases in Kenya and Tanzania. …

The Debate Over GMOs Is About to Change

May 4th, 2015 / Pacific-Standard

Unlike the vast majority of GMOs on the market, Arctic Apples don’t conceal their GMO identity from consumers. Their genetically engineered, non-browning trait is intended to be a selling point with those who eat them, not just those who grow or distribute them. Read …