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Farmers tipped on using E-tags to determine seed quality

April 18th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

The USAID Feed the Future Uganda programme is training farmers on how to use electronic branding technology to identify genuine seeds and agro-inputs. Speaking at the Kakasa national farmers competition finals last week in Kampala, Dr Rita Ojok Laker, the country chief of party, said the special electronic branding allows …

SARI to release three hybrid maize varieties

April 18th, 2016 / Youtube.com

B4FA Fellow Noah Nash reports: The Savanna Agriculture Research Institute, SARI, will soon release new hybrid maize seed varieties for the 2016 Farming season, which can withstand the climatic conditions in the northern regions. According to a Plant breeder at the SARI, Dr. Meshack Seidu Abdulai, the varieties will provide …

Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa Initiative: maize varieties and traits in 13 countries

April 18th, 2016 / Agrilinks.com

Invaluable infographics from the Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) initiative on increasing maize productivity and resilience during times of drought in 13 African countries. They highlight the different improved maize varieties released under DTMA, along with other valuable information for each variety including maturity range; colour; owner (seed company/distributor); …

Good seed agribusinesses will improve food security

March 30th, 2016 / New Ghana

Though the agriculture industry still remains the single largest employer in Ghana, yields over the past years have consistently come short of the required targets to feed the growing population. To improve yields and food security, while cutting back on the 1.5 billion the country already spends on importing basic …

Seed banks overlook wild relatives of food crops

March 28th, 2016 / SciDec.net.UK

Wild relatives of vital food crops are at risk of going extinct but remain underrepresented in gene banks, scientists warn. There is an urgent need to collect and conserve relatives of plants such as rice, wheat, maize and potato to preserve their genetic diversity, says a paper published this week …

Modern peanut’s wild cousin, thought extinct, found in Andes

March 28th, 2016 / Scientific American, US

the The modern peanut (Arachis hypogaea) is the result of the hybridization of two older types of Andean peanut. It has 20 pairs of chromosomes—the total from both old species, which have 10 chromosomes each. Scientists always thought—a suspicion now confirmed—that the “parents” of this peanut were the variants Arachis …

New rice seed promises high yields, income

March 16th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

New rice varieties that will enable growing of the crop with less pesticides, less fertilizers and less water have showed yields of 20-30 times more than traditional ones under trials on farmers’ fields. Read …

Celebrating African rural women

March 7th, 2016 / Eldis

African Biodiversity Network and the Gaia Foundation have jointly produced a report that explores the central role that women and traditional knowledge plays in the resilience and diversity of local, rural food systems across the continent. It is hoped that the document will help spur discussion and debate, and inspire …

Seed firms accused of neglecting female farmers

March 1st, 2016 / SciDev.net, UK

The Access to seeds index report 2016 found that seed firms focus their research efforts on major cash crops, such as maize and rice. But they rarely strive to develop better varieties of seeds that are important to female farmers in developing countries, such as sweet potato or peanuts, the …

Finding the best seeds to match Africa’s needs

February 19th, 2016 / EurikaAlert.org

Soybean farmers in Africa may either only have access to a few seed varieties with an unimpressive yield potential, or a few high-yielding varieties for which no performance data exists for their latitude and altitude. A new coordinated soybean variety evaluation program is underway that will address these problems and …