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Gene silencing could control disease, contamination in wheat and other crops

November 5th, 2017 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Fusarium graminearum is a major fungal pathogen of cereals worldwide, causing seedling, stem base and floral diseases, including Fusarium Head Blight (FHB). In addition to yield and quality losses, FHB contaminates cereal grain with mycotoxins, including deoxynivalenol (DON), which are harmful to human, animal and ecosystem health. Currently, FHB control …

Stakeholders unveil national youth agriculture manifesto

November 5th, 2017 / Vanguard, Nigeria

sS the government continues to woo young people into agriculture, stakeholders in the sector has unveiled the ‘National Youth Manifesto on Agriculture for Nigeria’ to further boost confidence in food production and processing in the sector.
The launch of the document was done at the 2nd National Youth Agric Festival on …

Scientists engineer cowpea to produce Bt protein against raruca pod borer

November 2nd, 2017 / ISAAA, US

In a report in Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture (PCTOC), scientists have engineered cowpea — one of the most important sources of vegetable protein for rural families in Sub-Saharan Africa — to produce a Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) protein, which protects against the Maruca pod borer that plagues the crop. …

Bringing youth back to agriculture in Southern Africa

November 2nd, 2017 / FAO, Italy

Making agriculture more attractive to young farmers and creating decent employment opportunities in rural areas could reverse migration of youth to urban centres and abroad. The migration of youth to urban centres increases the burden on African cities and leads to the proliferation of slums.
In this regard, FAO is seeking …

Food production for healthy living

October 30th, 2017 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali writes:
Our approach to agriculture has so far tended to concentrate on income generation and poverty reduction without paying due attention to the farmers’ nutritional needs.
They should be educated about the different nutritional values of the crops they grow and the advantages of eating healthy diets. …

Can Akinwumi Adesina save Africa?

October 30th, 2017 / Ynaija.com, Nigeria

At the AfDB, Adesina has been quite the busy bee, coming up, together with his team, and presenting the High Fives Initiative to tackle power, agriculture, industrialisation and integration amongst others. His simplified plan is a three-step approach. In his opinion, Africa has to learn to feed itself, then industrialisation …

Farm experts take stock to tackle food security in Nigeria

October 30th, 2017 / Premium Times, Nigeria

Farm experts drawn from the diverse field of the country’s agricultural value chain rose from a two-day meeting, at the Reiz continental hotel Abuja, on Tuesday, hearing how a German development initiative, the Green Innovations Centres for the Agriculture and Food Sector in Nigeria, has trained over 27,000 farmers and …

Cowpea protected from a devastating pest, free for smallholder farmers

October 27th, 2017 / Science Magazine, US

Across Africa, armies of hungry caterpillars destroy the flowers and pods of cowpeas; casualties can reach 80 percent of this staple food crop if no measures are taken. But the real victims are smallholder African farmers who feed their families on farms smaller than five acres. Next year, they will …

NBBC expert wants Nigerians to embrace agricultural biotechnology

October 27th, 2017 / Worldstage News, Nigeria

Mrs Edel-Quinn Agbaegbu, the Secretary, National Biotechnology and Biosafety Consortium (NBBC), has called on Nigerians to embrace the use of agricultural biotechnology to transform agriculture and enhance food security.
Agbaegbu said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday that application of modern biotechnology in …

Chinese experts transform African agriculture with education programmes

October 27th, 2017 / Global Times, China

He Wang, a 53-year-old research fellow from the Hunan Fisheries Science Institute, returned once again to Ethiopia on October 16, where she has been teaching fish-farming since 2003.
During all these years in Ethiopia, He helped build the country’s first standardized aquaculture base, mentored more than 3,000 students, and is …