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Cover crops play key role in conservation agriculture in rice sector

July 25th, 2016 / Youtube.com

B4FA Fellow Noah Nash reports: The principal research scientist in charge of rice research and development at Savanna Agriculture Research Institute, Dr. Wilson Dogbe has revealed that choice of cover crop plays a key role in the adaption of conservation agriculture in the rice sector in lowland areas in Ghana’s …

Harvestplus flays report on GMO vitamin A cassava & maize

July 22nd, 2016 / This Day, Nigeria

HarvestPlus Nigeria has dismissed as “false and misleading” reports that vitamin A enriched cassava and maize are developed from genetically modified organisms (GMOs), saying not only are the claims erroneous but couched to distract Nigerians from the target of consuming more nutritious staples. HarvestPlus is an international research-based institution developing …

Going to groundwater to transform African agriculture

July 22nd, 2016 / AllAfrica.com

Callist Tindimugaya argues that the water beneath Africans’ feet could transform the continent’s agricultural production, but only if it is managed wisely. See …

How we can help reduce the spread of Banana Bacterial Wilt

July 20th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali writes: Banana Bacterial Wilt (BBW) is an incurable disease that kills banana plants. It is a big threat to food security in Uganda, where bananas are a major food crop and where an estimated 75 per cent of farmers are engaged in banana production. Uganda is …

UN urges La Niña preparedness in Africa

July 18th, 2016 / African Farming, UK

More than 60mn people have been affected by El Niño and many more are highly vulnerable to La Niña’s likely knock-on effect, a meeting of UN agencies at the FAO headquarters revealed. In wake of the devastating effects of El Niño, United Nations leaders called for combined efforts by governments …

Tanzania to get mobile apps for soil testing

July 18th, 2016 / African Farming, UK

Kenya-based Capture Solutions has announced plans to extend its business to Tanzania by introducing various mobile phone applications, including the use of mobile phone applications that help farmers in improving their productivity levels. See …

US shitake-farmer volunteers work with oyster mushroom farmers in Ghana

July 15th, 2016 / AfricanBrains, Kenya

Under the auspices of USAID agency’s ACDI/VOCA Farmer-to-Farmer Program, Douglass and Dr. Sandra Williams of Lost Creek Mushroom Farm volunteered as mushroom experts in Ghana, West Africa. They trained mushroom farmers, set up a shiitake mushroom log production research project, and pursued plans for a spawn (mushroom seed material) laboratory …

Ethiopia: Utilizing technology to increase productivity of crop farming

July 15th, 2016 / The Ethiopian Herald

Using biotechnology boosts productivity. Though the agricultural sector has been dominated by small scale type, the productivity of the sector has been increasing as a result of using the agricultural technologies. The utilization of agricultural inputs such as fertilizer, pest, herbicides and irrigation plays considerable role in improving productivity. See …

Africa not for sissies, especially agriculture

July 14th, 2016 / Bizcommunity.com

“We sit with an ironic situation where Africa is the continent with 46% of the world’s underutilised land, the bulk of the ground water resources and the best climate for agriculture production in the world – yet our farmers are the poorest and the smallest,” said Dr. Theo De Jager, …

Africa’s food problems and Europe’s new position

July 14th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali writes: A lot has been going on in Europe beyond the much-debated Brexit. On June 7, the European Parliament adopted a report that calls on G7 countries not to support production of Genetically Modified (GM) crops in Africa. The report, presented by Mara Heubuch, a Member …