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Video: GM food – cultivating fear?

June 9th, 2015 / BBC TV, UK

A BBC Panorama investigation (30 mins). A new generation of GM foods is winning over governments and former critics of the technology, and scientists say the crops could help feed people in the developing world. So are those who oppose GM doing more harm than good? And is their …

Drought tolerant crops

June 2nd, 2015 / FarmBiz Africa

A drought tolerant crops project in the vastly dry Mtito Andei area is assisting farmers sow and reap from the desert with farmers earning upto Sh100,00 from sale of crops that would ordinarily not even sprout in the area. Read …

Ghana: financial support for women farmers can make the difference

June 1st, 2015 / Graphic Online, Ghana

In Ghana, the role of women in agriculture cannot be underestimated as they constitute more than half the agricultural labour force, 95 per cent of those involved in agro-processing, 85 per cent of those in food distribution and produce 70 per cent of the country’s food requirements. Yet, seemingly, …

Women lead men in agriculture – Wole Soyinka CIJ

June 1st, 2015 / NaiJ.com

Most farmers in Nigeria operate at the subsistence level. Nonetheless, their contributions are so extensive that the country’s food security and agricultural development lie in their hands. Most of these farmers happen to be rural women, yet development agencies have devoted very little resources to how research, new agricultural …

Reducing food loss in West Africa

May 29th, 2015 / Mongabay, Australia

Helping farmers combat post-harvest losses is a win-win proposition. It helps raise incomes for some of the most vulnerable households in West Africa, lowers food prices for consumers, alleviates hunger and reduces stress on the environment. Read …

Maize and Sorghum

May 28th, 2015 / B4FA.org

B4FA provides a snapshot of some of the main plant improvement initiatives taking place in important crops in Africa, and a link to the groups doing this work. Just added, MAIZE and SORGHUM.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), global maize production in 2013 …

Soil – the forgotten resource, Infographic

May 25th, 2015 / FAO, Italy

Soils host a quarter of our planet’s biodiversity. Soil is one of nature’s most complex ecosystems: it contains a myriad of organisms that interact and contribute to the global cycles that make all life possible Read …

Cabbages trump coffee for Tanzania’s climate-stressed farmers

May 21st, 2015 / Reuters

The 72-year-old farmer from Moshi Rural district in Tanzania’s northern Kilimanjaro region depended for decades on coffee farming. But climate shifts, together with a rust disease that causes trees to shrink and become unproductive, have decimated his yields. So he’s turned to cabbages, onions, lettuce and potatoes – and he …

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 …

Achieving food self sufficiency through increasing productivity on small-scale farms

May 18th, 2015 / The Ethiopian Herald

There are two ways that could help enhance agricultural productivity. One is by expanding mechanized farming in the vast areas which utilize hi-tech inputs such as employing tractors,pesticides,fertilizers and irrigated water as well as biotechnology. The other approach is achieving agricultural productivity within small scale farms by utilizing sufficient …