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Efforts to keep grasshoppers, crickets on farm

June 16th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael J Ssali reports: Grasshoppers are a much-sought delicacy, especially in central Uganda and many people look forward to eating them during particular seasons of the year—April to May and November to December. But grasshoppers are not farmed insects; to most people, it is not quite clear where …

Agribusiness in Africa: CEOs weigh in

June 16th, 2016 / How we made it in Africa

The biggest opportunity for growth over the next year, according to Africa’s agribusiness CEOs, is the improved penetration of markets in which they already operate. The biggest barrier to growth? Access to technology. Read …

The next ‘green revolution’ should focus on hunger – not profit

June 15th, 2016 / The Conversation, UK

There are urgent appeals for a second green revolution to make food more sustainable, involving climate-adapted crops (some genetically-modified), healthier soil and reduced chemical inputs. Sadly, however, incentives on offer for agri-tech firms may mean our hopes of achieving such a revolution are under grave threat. Read …

Started small, Ssenyondo is now big time

June 15th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

Frank Ssenyondo is one of the young entrepreneurs in Mpugwe, Kiwanyizi village in Masaka District. The 30-year-old is a farmer and owns Kategula model farm that occupies a four-acre piece of land.
When he finished school, like any fresh graduate, Ssenyondo went out on a search for jobs. “As many were …

African agri-business needs investment

June 14th, 2016 / World Bulletin, Turkey

Agriculture in Africa has not only suffered from underinvestment and limited research but also from a lack of technology and services for farmers, according to experts.
Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU) President Evelyn Nguleka told Anadolu Agency unless agricultural practices change “the entire African continent is at risk of falling into …

Scientists in intensive research effort to eliminate swine fever

June 14th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru writes: Scientists from Makerere University have embarked on a study to analyze the African Swine Fever (ASF), a disease which infects domestic pigs and those in the wild which is a major challenge to farmers raring the animal. The scientists are conducting this research in order …

Agriculture challenges facing Africa’s food systems

June 13th, 2016 / Geeskaafrika.com

Every day – all around the world – farmers face the same common threats to their productivity and livelihood. In Africa, however, the challenges go beyond damaging weather, pests and disease. Farmers at all scales of production need access to the inputs required to produce a successful crop – high-yielding …

Are there environmental and economic benefits to GMO crops?

June 10th, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Global benefits for genetically modified crops have reached $150 billion since the crops were first planted, according to a report published by PG Economics LTD. The report comes on the heels of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) which also noted that genetically modified crops offered substantial …

Scientist support for the adoption of GMOs

June 7th, 2016 / News Ghana

According to the scientists, Ghana must also consider mainstreaming biotechnology into its crop and animal improvement plans to guarantee sustainable food security for the populace. They cautioned that, “If in 10 years time we don’t invest in biotechnology we will face a lot of problems” in terms of food security. …

Talking about genetically modified crops in Uganda – my experience

June 6th, 2016 / Cornell Alliance for Science, US

Patricia Nanteza writes: “We are our own public relations officers. We should at all times treat and speak well of ourselves. We should never do the haters work for them.” If I am given the chance, I think I can disarm an army by simply talking to and with them. …