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Farmer finds her livelihood in coffee seedlings

May 18th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru talks to Luweero farmer Betty Ndugga Nankya who abandoned a business enterprise in Kampala and switched to running a coffee seedling nursery and is enjoying the move. Read …

Kenya: maize crop devastated by disease

May 15th, 2015 / The Star, Kenya

Kenya is losing about 300,000 metric tonnes of maize every year to lethal maize necrosis disease. 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 …

Climate-smart agriculture: Acting locally, informing globally

May 8th, 2015 / Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security

In 2014 CCAFS helped advance the concept and practice of climate-smart agriculture in farmers’ fields and in global initiatives, through close collaboration with farmers, civil society, governments and researchers. Here are some of the highlights from its 2014 Annual Report. Read …

Global food industry reluctant leaders of smallholder farming revolution

May 3rd, 2015 / Huffington Post, US

In recent years the global food and beverage industry has surpassed development agencies and donor governments when it comes to improving the productivity and income of smallholder farmers in developing countries. Read …

Farmer launches local fish feed to increase profit

March 27th, 2015 / Daily Trust, Nigeria

B4FA Fellow Ojoma Akor and Vincent A. Yusuf talk to Peter Ododa who is passionate about fish and poultry farming and uses his talent to locally manufacture fish feeds, using what he calls “local materials.” Ododa has now decided to commercialise his locally made feeds. Read …

Dealing with major banana diseases

March 27th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

Diseases are caused by small micro-organisms, which we cannot see with our naked eyes. Just as animals fall sick, plants fall sick and even die too. Diseases are usually rampant in plantations which full of weeds, are un-mulched, and unprunned, and are normally spread by planting infected suckers from …

Ghanaian journalists investigate bioscience potential for farmers

March 18th, 2013

Over twenty Ghanaian journalists gathered this past week (12-16 March) to learn about – and experience – the biosciences and plant genetics in Accra, Ghana. The B4FA Media Fellows were joined by media fellows from Autumn 2012 and a team of scientific experts and journalism mentors who engaged them in …

Tanzanian journalists cultivate plant science curiosity

November 8th, 2012

Tanzanian journalists gathered in Arusha, Tanzania from 4-9 November 2012 to cultivate their knowledge about plant science and why it matters to smallholding farmers across their country through a series of insightful workshops and hands-on science experiments with leading experts from Tanzania, Europe and North America.  Over the course of …