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Ghana shares new superlab with West African scientists

July 31st, 2015 / SciDev.net

VIDEO: “For once researchers in Ghana can start to dream. Right now you are not limited by the absence of equipment,” says Lawrence Borquaye, assistant manager of the new central laboratory at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). The idea behind it is to reduce costs by sharing …

New vegetable lab launched to boost food security

July 30th, 2015 / SciDev.net, UK

B4FA Fellow Samuel Hinneh reports: A new regional lab. in Ghana, the Vegetables Innovation Laboratory (VIL) at the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), University of Ghana, aims to develop the vegetable industry through research, development and innovation to improve food and nutritional security in West Africa. It will …

Climate-smart companion cropping lets African farmers increase yields

July 27th, 2015 / Rothamsted Research, UK

Rothamsted scientists, in partnership with icipe, have developed a climate-smart push-pull companion cropping system which allows smallholder African farmers to sustainably increase their agricultural production.  Read …

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 …

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 …

Solving insect resistance to environmentally friendly farming

June 14th, 2015 / Bioscience Technology, US

After decades of effort, scientists are finally figuring out how insects develop resistance to environmentally friendly farming practices – such as crop rotation – that are designed to kill them. The researchers say their insights will help develop more sustainable agricultural practices.  Read …

Tanzania: financial constraints impede research

June 10th, 2015 / Daily News, Tanzania

Lack of adequate financial resources impedes good research despite Tanzania having well educated agricultural experts. “For any nation to move forward, it must invest in research, this is what we need to do,” said Acting Chairperson of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Mr Aliko Kibona, noting  that researchers are working …

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 …

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 …

Research: Africa’s fight for equality

May 7th, 2015 / Nature, UK

In a 2014 ruling on a lawsuit lodged against the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), the Nairobi Industrial Court agreed that six Kenyan doctors in an international research partnership had been systematically passed over for promotion and training, whereas their European colleagues had flourished. Collaborations have proliferated in recent decades …