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Africa’s first biofortified pearl millet variety aims to combat anaemia

June 8th, 2018 / ICRISAT

For millions of women and children in Africa anaemia is a significant public health concern—and diets deficient in iron are often to blame. But consuming a new variety of pearl millet called chakti—with an additional 20% of the estimated average requirement of iron—may improve their nutritional status and help them …

Breeding a better cowpea

June 8th, 2018 / AgriLinks

Q&A with Timothy Close, Director of the Feed the Future Climate-Resilient Cowpea Innovation Lab. Based at University of California, Riverside, the Feed the Future Climate-Resilient Cowpea Innovation Lab develops and applies advanced genomic tools to cowpea breeding to increase yield, drought tolerance and fungal resistance in cowpea (commonly known as …

Genetically modified foods and the search for food security In Nigeria

May 23rd, 2018 / Nigeria News.net

A maize farmer somewhere in Northern Nigeria is observing his crops. He couldn’t help but be amazed at the performance of the crops this planting season.
All things being equal, he is going to have his best harvest in a long time. This is in spite of the fact this has …

Why farmers always buy seed

May 8th, 2018 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

By B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali
Traditionally when a farmer harvested a crop some of it would be saved as seed for planting in the next rain season.
When a farmer noticed that a neighbour had good beans, he would request for some to plant.
Farmers select seed for different reasons such as …

Kenya ranks high in transforming agriculture

May 8th, 2018 / Daily Nation, Kenya

The Africa Union last week launched the first-ever African Agricultural Transformation Scorecard in Libreville, Gabon, evaluating progress of nations in the continent towards achieving commitments of the 2014 Malabo Declaration.
The report ranks Kenya eight out of the 47 AU member states that submitted their progress status. The country scored 4.8 …

Farming with a green thumb

May 8th, 2018 / dw.com

Over the years [email protected] has looked into different and creative ways of farming. Here are five ideas that struck a chord and have the possibility to change lives in Africa and across the globe. Read …

We must stand up for quality seeds

May 1st, 2018 / Daily Nation, Kenya

Seed companies, researchers and dealers recently launched the Global Development Alliance in Nairobi in partnership with USAid. Ian Barker is the Head of Agricultural Partnerships at Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture. He spoke to Leopold Obi about what the alliance is all about and what farmers should expect from it. …

Scientists hail European ban on bee-harming pesticides

May 1st, 2018 / Nature, UK

In a long-awaited decision, the European Union today voted to ban the use of three controversial neonicotinoid insecticides on all crops grown outdoors.
The vote ends years of bitter wrangling between those in favour of a ban, including environmental groups and many scientists, and opponents of further restrictions, including neonicotinoid manufacturers. …

Mozambique looks to improved seeds as it struggles with the impacts of a changing climate

April 25th, 2018 / Alliance for Science

The National Agricultural Research Institute of Mozambique (IIAM) is developing a number of improved seeds to help farmers, including the drought-tolerant Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) varieties. Though the research is still in its early stages in Mozambique, scientists and other stakeholders are upbeat WEMA will make vast difference …

Crop protection companies making strides in Africa

April 18th, 2018 / IEG Policy

Africa is making steady progress towards agricultural transformation. Over the past decade there has been a dramatic change in different countries and various localities. There is a noticeable upward shift in expenditure on agriculture by national governments in African countries.
Many countries have reaffirmed their commitment to prioritizing agriculture in their …