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Tanzania’s read to transact business on GM crops.

June 24th, 2016 / ISAAA. US

The Permanent Secretary of Tanzania’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, Honorable Florens Turuka has vouched for the country’s readiness to transact business on GM crops. Speaking at the launch of the ISAAA Global Report on Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops (2015), Honorable Turuka said the government intends to revolutionize agriculture by …

Setting out to grow bananas

June 23rd, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali writes: Over 70 per cent of farmers in Uganda grow bananas. It is one our major food crops and in order to enjoy good harvests the farmer should apply the right farming practices. It is important to begin with clearing the site to remove bushes and …

New technologies can reduce post-harvest losses, end aflatoxin infestation

June 23rd, 2016 / AllAfrica.com

From infestation to mold, inadequate storage facilities often lead to large grain losses in many countries, hampering efforts to improve national food security for the poorest families. Even efforts by national governments across Africa to store grain in large quantities have often yielded disappointing results. Read …

Cote d’Ivoire: ‘Mercedes’ cocoa helps farmers

June 18th, 2016 / AllAfrica.com

Ivory Coast is on a drive to improve cocoa quality and yield as small farmers struggle with weather extremes. Abou Ouattara has grown cocoa for the last 17 years, but luckily the 52-year-old does not have a sweet tooth. “I grow cocoa to provide for my family and only eat …

Involvement of youth in agriculture key to food security

June 17th, 2016 / Leadership, Nigeria

The importance of youths in the nation’s economy cannot be undermined because of their population. National records show that the youths make up over 50 per cent of the total 160-180 million total population, while their successes in various strata’s have shown that their innovative skills in the use of …

Experts to seek remedies for post-harvest losses

June 16th, 2016 / AllAfrica.com

There is an urgent need to improve large-scale grain and produce storage in Africa to reduce food losses to protect consumers from the serious health consequences of high aflatoxin levels, experts have said. Philippe Villers, the president of GrainPro, a US-based green “not-only-for-profit” company, said proper drying of grains …

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 …