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The VIRCA project – developing effective solutions for the control of cassava viral diseases

November 17th, 2016 / Darnforth Center, US

The Virus Resistant Cassava for Africa (VIRCA) project – was established in 2006 and includes African and international organizations working together to develop effective solutions for the control of cassava viral diseases. Supported by this partnership, VIRCA researchers are using genetic modification techniques to improve resistance to cassava brown streak …

Working to sequence crop genomes to improve nutrition & food security

November 16th, 2016 / African Orphan Crops Consortium, US

The AOCC partnership works to make high-nutritional value crops grown by African farmers and available to rural and urban consumers by promoting the adoption of modern breeding methods for crop improvement purposes. It does this through:
• Developing next generation genomics resources for a collection of 101 African orphan crops that …

How accessible, affordable seeds could boost African food production

November 15th, 2016 / News Diary, Nigeria

From B4FA Fellow, Abdallah el-Kurebe: Generally, seeds play important role in agriculture and food security. It is the primary pride of farmers, followed by fertilisers. This explains why government and other stakeholders should ensure timely seeds accessibility to ‎farmers.
If smallholder farmers’ access to modern seed varieties ‎is improved, we could …

Biosafety regulation assures safety, builds confidence, says NBMA boss

November 15th, 2016 / News Diary, Nigeria

B4FA Fellow, Abdallah el-Kurebe, reports: The Director General of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr. Rufus Ebegba ‎has declared that Nigeria’s Biosafety regulation of modern biotechnology and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) was crucial for safety assurance and confidence building for Nigerians.
‎He stated this at the 2nd National Biosafety Conference …

Farmers must revise their methods to adjust to climate change

November 15th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow, Michael Ssali, writes: This year’s World Food Day was marked under the theme “Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.” All farmers must revise their methods of production and do some things differently. Most parts of Uganda have not received sufficient rain in recent months and farmers …

Why small grains continue to resist winner takes all commercialisation

November 10th, 2016 / NewsDay, Zimbabwe

From Mali to Zimbabwe and South Africa to Southern Sudan, small grains remain an integral part of mainstream local food systems.
There are many reasons why small grains continue to pack a huge socio-economic punch in many countries.
To revisit and stimulate a frank discussion on the power of small grains, eMKambo …

USAID has launched a five-year sustainable Shea initiative for seven West African states

November 10th, 2016 / Youtube.com

B4FA Fellow Noah Nash reports: USAID Ghana in partnership with the Global Shea Alliance has launched a five-year sustainable Shea initiative for seven West African countries. The initiative will see to the implementation of promotional and improved sustainable production activities to enhance the Shea industry in West Africa. See …

Unsung Heroes – reversing neglect

November 7th, 2016 / Claudia Canales, B4FA

The third of our periodic blogs which discuss food security, with a specific focus on how plant genetic research might contribute to addressing the challenge of feeding a fast-growing global population in increasingly uncertain climatic conditions.
Achieving food security is a complex problem that goes far beyond just producing more food. …

The (shrinking) garden of Earthly delights

October 31st, 2016 / Claudia Canales, B4FA

This periodic blog will discuss food security, with a specific focus on how plant genetic research might contribute to addressing the challenge of feeding a fast-growing global population in increasingly uncertain climatic conditions.
Achieving food security is a complex problem that goes far beyond just producing more food. Its realisation …

Achieving food security – changing our relationship with food

October 27th, 2016 / Claudia Canales, B4FA

This periodic blog will discuss food security, with a specific focus on how plant genetic research might contribute to addressing the challenge of feeding a fast-growing global population in increasingly uncertain climatic conditions.
Achieving food security is a complex problem that goes far beyond just producing more food. Its realisation …