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Cassava in south-east Asia under threat from witches’ broom disease

April 18th, 2016 / The Guardian, UK

Climate change and globalisation are fuelling an explosion in the pests and diseases that afflict south-east Asia’s cassava crops, threatening a multi-billion dollar industry and the staple food of millions of people, a report warns. Cassava, which is originally from South America, is now south-east Asia’s third largest source of …

Smallholder farmers introduced to Purdue Improved Crop Storage bags

April 18th, 2016 / Youtube.com

B4FA Fellow Noah Nash reports: Farmers in the East Mamprusi District in the Northern Region have been introduced to a new storage sack aimed at improving crop storage. The Purdue Improved Crop Storage sack is also to help reduce post harvest losses associated with storage of farm produce after harvesting. …

GM crops: African farmers planted 3.5m ha. in 2015

April 18th, 2016 / elkurebedotcom

The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) has said that during the last year, African farmers planted a total of 3.5 million hectares of Biotech/GM Crops. This was also during the 20th year of global GM crops commercialization. The Director of the Afri-Center of ISAAA, Dr. Margaret …

Food security and climate change: new frontiers in international security

April 18th, 2016 / Centra for American Progress

In 2010, President Barack Obama’s National Security Strategy, or NSS—the periodic planning document that assesses the risks facing the country and outlines the United States’ response—for the first time recognized climate change as a security threat. The document noted that, “The danger from climate change is real, urgent and severe,” …

Climate change, agriculture and biotechnology Part 1

April 18th, 2016 / Nigeria Today

Every year, nations come together to work out solutions to mitigating/adapting to the devastating effects of our changing climate. The issues of renewables are now at their loudest, no thanks to the devastating effects of climate change. Most obvious manifestation would be the change in weather conditions; many countries are …

Are monocultures the great evil of GMOs and modern ag?

April 18th, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project

One real problem with monoculture is that it is often used as a strong argument but in a poorly defined way. The influential food journalist Michael Pollan has gone as far as to claim that monoculture is the “real problem”, the “great evil in american agriculture”. Another common worry is …

Biotechnology can play big role in Great Green Wall Initiative

April 18th, 2016 / elkurebedotcom

Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed has assured that Nigeria was ready to deploy biotechnology to boost the economy of the country. She said this while answering questions by Journalists shortly the members of the Programme Committee of the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB) in Africa paid her courtesy visit …

Scientist discovers drought tolerance-enhancing fungi in yam

April 6th, 2016 / This Day, Nigeria

A soil scientist, Nkiruka Odoh, has discovered the use of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus (AMF), a natural-occurring soil organism to enhance drought tolerance of yams in the face of climate change. Read …

GM crops can thrive as climate warms

April 6th, 2016 / Eco-Business, Singapore

Genetically engineering photosynthesis in plants could take advantage of rising global temperatures and increased levels of carbon dioxide, US scientists say. They believe this could achieve much higher yields on the same amount of land and help to stave off the prospect of widespread hunger as human populations increase. …

Working to feed the world

April 5th, 2016 / Arizona State University, US

An Arizona State University researcher has figured out a way to modify crops that causes them to use less water and fertilizer but grow more food, an exciting development as food security becomes a critical concern as the world’s population expands. Roberto Gaxiola, an associate professor with the School of …