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Making African agriculture more attractive for investors

September 24th, 2018 / African Business

While global population growth slows, Africa’s population is set to double over the next three decades, reaching around 2.2bn people by 2050.
This surge in numbers will have significant ramifications for the continent’s food security, which is already under pressure mainly due to climate change. The good news is that Africa’s …

An overview of agriculture, nutrition and fortification, supplementation and biofortification

September 24th, 2018 / Agriculture & Food Security

Alan Dubock writes:
The worlds growing population and limited land resources require high intensity of food production. Human nutrition needs both macronutrients and micronutrients. One way of providing micronutrients in staple crops of the poor is biofortification, through plant breeding. All methods of plant breeding are acceptable and safe, and …

The obstacles facing a green revolution in Africa

September 21st, 2018 / The Daily Free Press, US

Beginning in the 1960s, much of Asia underwent dramatic agricultural transformation which saw enormous improvements in production and efficiencies, and subsequently helped pull millions of people out of poverty, prevent famines and modernize the Asian economy. This transformation was dubbed the “Green Revolution,” and is often cited as the key …

Africa: Continent of challenge and opportunity

September 21st, 2018 / The Star, Kenya

LIAM CONDON, Member of the Board of Management and President of the Crop Science Division at Bayer AG writes:
I have a passion for learning about different cultures and languages. This probably comes from the fact that I grew up in Ireland, an island separated from continental Europe, so I always …

As the battle against climate change intensifies, farmers find relief in agricultural innovations

September 20th, 2018 / Medium.com

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) just released its 2018 State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI) report. Two alarming facts immediately stand out.
First, for the third straight year — and after a long period of decline — the number of undernourished people in the world has …

Viewpoint: No, wild bees haven’t been decimated by neonicotinoids, glyphosate

September 20th, 2018 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Bees and pesticides (and not just insecticides) have been the focus of activists and scientists alike, particularly since a 2006-2008 wave of Colony Collapse Disorder, during which millions of domestic honeybees disappeared.
For a few years, environmental groups like the Sierra Club and Natural Resources Defense Council claimed that insecticides, particularly …

Kenyan scientists concerned perceptions on GMOs may slow down GM crops commercialization

September 19th, 2018 / ISAAA, US

Kenyan scientists have expressed their concern that negative perceptions tied to genetically modified organism (GMOs) could be detrimental in commercializing GM crops in the country. Speaking during a cassava stakeholder study tour to GM cassava research confined field trial (CFT) site in the country’s coastal region, the scientists dismissed any …

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 …

With ‘worm juice,’ Kenya’s farmers boost their soil – and harvests

September 18th, 2018 / AllAfrica.com

Prolonged drought and storm-related flooding have combined to erode fertile soils in rural parts of Kenya
Stooped over a large plastic drum at his farm in southwestern Kenya, Josphat Macharia scoops up a handful of dirt and examines the worms writhing in his grip.
Satisfied, he replaces the worms and covers them …

World Bank pours hundreds of millions into African science

September 10th, 2018 / Nature, UK

A World Bank scheme aimed at building grassroots research capacity in Africa will nearly double its budget with a third, and probably final, investment worth at least US$280 million. The initiative, which loans money to African governments, has set up 46 education and research centres in 17 African countries, created …