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Ghana: Players in seed industry form association

July 3rd, 2015 / NewsGhana

The Seed Trade Association of Ghana (STAG) has been formally launched to promote the interest of its members. Its operations include the supply, production, processing, distribution and marketing of improved seeds of assorted cereals, legumes, vegetables, root and tuber varieties. The organization forges strong partnerships with the public sector to deliver …

Seed companies asked to allay fears associated with GM seeds

June 30th, 2015 / New Vision, Uganda

Companies trading in seeds should spearhead the sensitization of farmers on the pros and cons of adopting genetically modified seeds. The commissioner for crop protection, Komayombi Bulegeya said seed companies are part of the extension system which makes them the first point of contact for farmers accessing information on the …

Bio-solution to tomato disease

June 26th, 2015 / Daily Trust, Nigeria

As seed companies across the globe are battling to produce a tomato variety resistant to tuta absoluta, the suspected disease currently ravaging tomato farms, a Nigerian agro firm has said that there is no cause for alarm as they have readily available improved varieties and bio-treatments that can effectively mitigate …

Poor seeds hold back Tanzania’s cotton

June 23rd, 2015 / East Africa Business Week, Uganda

Seeds rank as the very basis of agriculture production, but use of uncertified seeds is one of the major reasons for low cotton output in Tanzania. “Despite challenges, for the long term sustainability of the cotton industry, the quality of seeds for planting should not be compromised,” John Baffes, an …

Access to seeds, 2015

June 22nd, 2015 / Access to Seeds Foundation

The end of 2015 will see the publication of the first Access to Seeds Index. This will show the extent to which the seed industry uses its knowledge, technologies and varieties to benefit smallholder farmers. The Methodology Report 2015 defines exactly how the Index will do this: what we measure, …

App connects Kenyan farmers with climate-smart seeds

June 16th, 2015 / AllAfrica.com

A new app launched in Kenya could help millions of farmers adapt to climate change by offering information on the best seeds for changing growing conditions, agriculture experts said. The free “MbeguChoice” app is the first tool of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa, and was developed by a 25-year-old Kenyan …

Mapping the world’s seeds

June 11th, 2015 / Sustainable Food Trust, UK

Seed Map is a collaborative online portal between USC Canada and the ETC Group on seeds, biodiversity and food. Aimed at practitioners, activists, researchers, teachers, students and all interested citizens, its interactive map allows users to explore over 400 case studies of where our food comes from, the challenges facing …

Worldwide network of seed information is taking root

May 26th, 2015 / SciDev.net

Collecting and saving seeds is nothing new — it is as old as farming societies themselves. But now this mission is the motivating force for a growing contingent of scientists across the globe, engaged in what some frame as a veritable race against time to conserve the world’s crop …

Sorghum project gives women financial might

May 21st, 2015 / FarmBiz Africa

Quality seed, fertilizer and planting training from One Acre Fund transforms lives of farmers in western Kenya. “It felt like a dream,” says farmer Rosemary Wanjala. Read …

Importance of good seed

May 13th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow, Michael Ssali reports “One of the issues holding back our country’s agricultural production is farmers’ failure to access good quality seed… Many farmers don’t buy seeds and lack correct information about the advantages of planting good quality seed. Yet under the National Agricultural Research Organization (Naro), several research …