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The challenge of fighting poverty through farming

September 2nd, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali writes: It is good to reflect a little on poverty—the enemy we are all bent on eradicating from our lives mainly through farming. The majority of our people struggle against poverty as small-scale farmers in the rural areas.Peasant farmers are particularly vulnerable to the effects of …

Why activists, but few farmers, complain they can’t save patented seeds

August 28th, 2015 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Pity the poor farmer who saves seeds. According to anti-GMO activists, the hapless seed saver who’s simply trying to raise crops more cheaply by not paying for new seeds each year, is being oppressed by evil “Big Ag”–companies that only want to sell their hybrid and patented seeds (often, but …

Uganda: farmers advised on seeds

August 24th, 2015 / East African Business Week, Uganda

“When small holder farmers form cooperatives, NARO can support them with technical skills to enable them establish community seed banks. When this is done we shall solve the problem of counterfeit seeds on the market and poor market distribution. Farmers have been alleging that they are being supplied with fake …

Peace is good for food security

August 22nd, 2015 / GhanaWeb.com

B4FA Fellow Samuel Hinneh reports: “I’ve seen amazing progress with my own eyes: Back in 1990, many people in Ghana went hungry. There are still pockets of hunger in some parts of the regions in Ghana, but today, hunger is almost non-existent. We make food and share food,” says Lydia …

Why the choice of seed is critical in crop production

August 5th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali reports: Much as we value soil fertility and sufficient rainfall for successful crop production, a lot of attention ought to be paid to the kind of seeds that we plant. Poor quality seeds will most likely result in low yields even if they are planted in …

Kenya: Cotton farmers to access quality seeds

August 4th, 2015 / The Star

The cotton industry in Kenya has been grappling with many challenges which has lead to low production. Currently there are only six companies dealing with cotton in the country, but this could change as the government plans to distribute seeds to farmers in the cotton growing areas. Afred Busolo, interim …

Reap big on a small piece of land

July 30th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali reports: Certain agricultural activities, which may be lucrative, do not necessarily need large pieces of land. One such activity is the preparation of seedlings for sale to farmers. For some years now, John Mugera of Nabulago village in Kabonera Sub-county, Masaka District, has been selling grafted …

Scientists close to finding MLN resistant seeds

July 21st, 2015 / Farmbiz Africa

Scientists are on verge of finding a Maize lethal necrosis (MNL) resistant seed, a move that will see Kenya save 10 per cent of national maize production per year lost to the deadly virus that first surfaced in Kenya in 2011 according to the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center …

People can reverse effects of climate change

July 13th, 2015 / Tanzania Daily News

Climate change is wreaking havoc in the countryside and as a result people’s food source has been largely disturbed. Crops resistance to diseases and pests has changed. Their maturities and yield levels too have changed just as management practices, taste, eating habits and lifestyle. Growing drought resistant crops, however, can …

Tanzania: Use of inferior crop seeds lowers food output

July 10th, 2015 / AllAfrica.com

Continual use of unimproved and inferior quality seeds by most Tanzanians is seemingly plaguing the country’s production of food and cash crops. Despite a significant improvement in the utilisation of improved seeds by 25 per cent, available statistics show that about 75 per cent of seeds used by agricultural producers …