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Kenya: New technology for collecting agric data

May 20th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow, Michael Ssale reports: Several researchers have concluded a 10-day training, held in Nairobi, Kenya, on Census and Survey Processing System (CSPro), a software developed to improve the efficiency of data collection and management in agriculture. Read …

Attack by two parasites reduces cattle death

May 12th, 2015 / Farmbiz Africa

A calf infected by two parasites of the same species is more likely to live and develop immunity against the deadly East Coast Fever than one attacked by a single parasite a new study says. The findings of the study which could offer real insights in understanding, and taming a …

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 …

The future of food: growing more with the same land

May 4th, 2015 / The Conversation, UK

There are three main reasons why the productivity of existing farmland will need to dramatically increase in the next 40 years.
The world’s population is unlikely to stabilise this century and is on course to reach up to 12 billion by 2100. That’s double the existing population and a lot of …

Five priorities for the UN Sustainable Development Goals

May 4th, 2015 / Nature, UK

This week, the United Nations is deliberating in New York how to implement the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that it will launch formally in September. Science must be at the heart of its plans. Read …

UN urged to ensure open access to plant genomic data

May 3rd, 2015 / Crop Biotech Update, ISAAA

Dr. Norman Warthmann, plant geneticist from The Australian National University (ANU), has called for the United Nations (UN) to guarantee free and open access to plant DNA sequences to enable scientists to continue working on sustainably intensifying world food production. in feed is safe for animal and human health, …

African Union banks on ST&I to fast-track development

May 2nd, 2015 / SciDevNet, UK

Africa is determined to integrate science and technology into efforts to fast-track the continent’s development, says African Union (AU) chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Read …

The GM crops debate: Campaigners for and against go head-to-head

March 28th, 2015 / The Independent, UK

One pro and one anti GM campaigner to go head to head on the issues to help readers make up their own minds. Claire Robinson of GMWatch (anti) and Mark Lynas, an author and pro GM technology, took up the challenge. Read …

Scientists and farmers recognise need for biotech in Ghana

March 27th, 2015 / Crop Biotech Update

The President of the Ghana National Association of Farmers and Fishermen, John Awuku said that farmers, especially small holder farmers, have recognized the important role that improved seeds and fertilizers play in increasing yield and income. He noted that Ghana needs a vigorous education campaign on GMO, plant breeding …

ActionAid: The charity spreading groundless fears over GM

March 24th, 2015 / The Independent, UK

Donors to one of Britain’s largest humanitarian aid charities have been unwittingly funding an aggressive anti-GM food campaign in Africa that misleadingly warns farmers that eating the crops could give them cancer. A senior official working for ActionAid in Uganda reports that the charity shows farmers pictures of rats with …