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Cereal prices continue to rise, defying improved supplies

February 21st, 2017 / FAO, Italy

The FAO Food Price Index rose notably in January, led by sugar and cereals, even as global markets remain well supplied.
The FAO Food Price Index averaged 173.8 percent in January, its highest value in almost two years, marking a 2.1 percent increase from its revised December value and 16.4 percent …

These 7 wonderful CROPS will put Nigeria’s economy back on the track

February 10th, 2017 / NAIJ.com

Many factors have been adduced for food insecurity in third world countries, especially sub-Saharan Africa. Most of these determinants are hinged on natural and artificial logic at the expense of individuals’ failure of contributing to food security drive of world’s leaders which requires investments in wide-ranging food and cash crops. …

Unsung Heroes – reversing neglect

November 7th, 2016 / Claudia Canales, B4FA

The third of our periodic blogs which discuss food security, with a specific focus on how plant genetic research might contribute to addressing the challenge of feeding a fast-growing global population in increasingly uncertain climatic conditions.
Achieving food security is a complex problem that goes far beyond just producing more food. …

Improving half the world’s diet

November 1st, 2016 / Phys.org

The humble rice grain is the staple food for billions of people throughout the developing world, but there is little nutritional value in the grain beyond providing carbohydrates for energy.
Until now.
University of Melbourne researchers are on the cusp of making a real difference by developing a new strain of rice …

Vitamin A (golden) rice now a reality

November 1st, 2016 / Daily Star, Bangladesh

The first field trial of the Golden Rice in Bangladesh has yielded promising results, triggering prospect of the vitamin A-rich grain’s release as early as 2018.
Two months after harvesting the Bangladeshi version of Golden Rice line, GR2E BRRI dhan29, scientists at Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) found that rice grains …

Federal Government begins enforcement on GMO rice

September 23rd, 2016 / Today, Nigeria

The Federal Government has begun visiting research institutes that conduct field trials on genetically modified rice. The move, according to officials, was to ensure strict compliance with extant laws. See …

A rice revolution for Africa?

August 31st, 2016 / IOL Business News, South Africa

The first hybrid rice varieties developed in sub-Saharan Africa are yielding up to four times more than other improved varieties, say scientists, who are using web-based tools to identify the right climate conditions to maximise harvests. The 15 hybrids, bred in Kenya and Tanzania, are also tolerant to diseases and …

A biofortified rice high in iron and zinc is set to combat hidden hunger in developing countries

August 22nd, 2016 / Phys.org

Rice is the staple food for billions of people throughout the developing world. But beyond easing hunger pains and providing carbohydrates for energy, it has little nutritional value. It means many people who depend on rice as a staple food are effectively being starved of essential micronutrients such as iron, …

International research makes breakthrough on highly drought-resistant rice and wheat

July 25th, 2016 / Science Daily, US

International research led by The Australian National University (ANU) has found how plants, such as rice and wheat, sense and respond to extreme drought stress, in a breakthrough that could lead to the development of next-generation drought-proof crops. See …

Tanzania: new hybrid rice seed brings hope

July 25th, 2016 / AllAfrica.com

Farmers in Mvomero district have been cautioned against the use of unregistered seeds to avoid incurring losses due to low crop production. Acting Mvomero District Agriculture Officer, Lucy Mazengo, made the call on Wednesday when addressing farmer groups from villages in Dakawa Ward in Mvomero district. More than 60 farmers …