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Soil nutrient depletion, major cause of food shortage in Africa

July 11th, 2017 / Xinhuanet, China

Experts at the three-day West Africa Fertilizer and Agri-Business Conference which began here on Monday identified depletion of soil nutrients as one of the key challenges to food security on the African continent.
Eugine Rurangwa, Land and Water Officer at the UN-Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) African Regional Office noted there …

Soil pollution comes under scrutiny

June 27th, 2017 / FAO, Italy

Soil pollution, due mostly to human activities that leave excess chemicals in soils used to grow food, took centre stage at the 5th Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Plenary Assembly held at FAO headquarters this week.
Excess nitrogen and trace metals such as arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury can impair plant metabolism …

Soil microbiome – research into practice

April 17th, 2017 / Claudia Canales, B4FA

The previous blog looked at the extraordinary complexity of life supported by soils, in particular healthy, productive soils. This is especially true in the rhizosphere, the soils directly affected by plant root secretions. Key functions modulated by microbes include plant nutrition through the release of inorganic phosphorous in soils, the …

Economic transformation in Africa should be spurred by agriculture

February 16th, 2017 / Ghana Business News

The African Centre for Economic Transformation (ACET) said Africa’s agricultural sector can drive economic transformation on the continent if the challenges in the sector are properly addressed.
Dr. Yaw Ansu, Chief Economist at ACET, speaking on: “The Importance of Agriculture in Economic Transformation,” said if Africa can better impact the lives …

Youth encouraged to practice modern farming, beekeeping

December 16th, 2016 / Tanzania Daily News

Tanzanians have been encouraged to exercise farming and bee keeping at the same time due to the fact that the business has many advantages including environmental protection.
Speaking to youth who visited former Premier Mizengo Pinda’s farm bees, the officer in charge of the farm, Mr Singu Mayaya said investing on …

Uganda’s agricultural productivity can increase 10 times

December 12th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

Uganda can increase its current agricultural productivity by many times over with fertile land and variety of crops that it has.
“With advanced technology, the right policies and a bigger budget, agricultural productivity can increase five to 10 times from the current,” said Dr Jee Hyeong –Jin, who heads the …

Egypt: Students launch first scientific internet radio station

December 1st, 2016 / IAAAS, US

Cairo University students under the BSc Biotechnology program launched the Scientific Square Radio (SSR). It is the first scientific radio station in Egypt and is located at the Central Library, Faculty of Agriculture, Cairo University. Prof. Naglaa Abdallah, Coordinator of the BSc Biotechnology program and Director of the Egypt Biotechnology …

African countries that invested in agriculture improved their production

September 15th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali writes: “A report released early this month by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) has indicated that the countries which paid intense attention to farmers and food production in the past ten years have achieved the most successful development in African history.
“The countries …

Ethiopia: Utilizing technology to increase productivity of crop farming

July 15th, 2016 / The Ethiopian Herald

Using biotechnology boosts productivity. Though the agricultural sector has been dominated by small scale type, the productivity of the sector has been increasing as a result of using the agricultural technologies. The utilization of agricultural inputs such as fertilizer, pest, herbicides and irrigation plays considerable role in improving productivity. See …