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The young women entrepreneurs looking to champion Africa

April 18th, 2016 / Geeskaafrika.com

Tanzanian Belinda Baraka (17) is one young entrepreneur who is looking to solve some of these challenges. Last year she started BITO Market, an online directory that allows farmers to connect with and sell their produce directly to end buyers. By cutting out the middlemen traditionally used in this process, …

Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa Initiative: maize varieties and traits in 13 countries

April 18th, 2016 / Agrilinks.com

Invaluable infographics from the Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) initiative on increasing maize productivity and resilience during times of drought in 13 African countries. They highlight the different improved maize varieties released under DTMA, along with other valuable information for each variety including maturity range; colour; owner (seed company/distributor); …

Working to feed the world

April 5th, 2016 / Arizona State University, US

An Arizona State University researcher has figured out a way to modify crops that causes them to use less water and fertilizer but grow more food, an exciting development as food security becomes a critical concern as the world’s population expands. Roberto Gaxiola, an associate professor with the School of …

Farmers sensitized on the nutritional value of soybeans – SARI 16

April 4th, 2016 / Youtube.com

B4FA Fellow, Noah Nash reports: In Ghana, the Savannah Agricultural Research Institute, SARI, has sensitized more than one hundred women soybean farmers in the Tolon District of the northern region on the nutritional benefits and utilization of soy products. Read …

Uganda: Chinese to train 10 000 Ugandan farmers

March 31st, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

Uganda and China have embarked on a two-year project to benefit more than 10,000 farmers who will be trained in mechanised agriculture and value-addition. “The project promotes simple Chinese technology transfer to Uganda. Farmers will be trained in value-addition that will increase household income and create jobs,” a senior agriculture …

Good seed agribusinesses will improve food security

March 30th, 2016 / New Ghana

Though the agriculture industry still remains the single largest employer in Ghana, yields over the past years have consistently come short of the required targets to feed the growing population. To improve yields and food security, while cutting back on the 1.5 billion the country already spends on importing basic …

Reducing food losses and waste in sub-Saharan Africa

March 29th, 2016 / FAO, Italy

Roughly one-third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted. These losses are particularly unfortunate in Africa where 220 million people are estimated to be undernourished. Climate-induced crop failures — including those caused by the ongoing …

Science meets farming to reveal Africa’s best bean

March 28th, 2016 / SciDev.net, UK

Around 23 million tonnes of beans are grown globally for trade and local consumption every year. Across the world, millions of farmers depend on one or more of the 40,000 known bean varieties. But beans are a fragile crop. They need lots of water and stable temperatures to grow. A …

Water storage, management and future of farming

March 25th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow, Michael Ssali writes: As we plan to develop agriculture we should think beyond mere provision of tools and seeds to our small-scale farmers. The challenges we face today are far bigger; they require radical rethinking and planning to provide farmers with resources, skills and knowledge needed to increase …

New rice seed promises high yields, income

March 16th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

New rice varieties that will enable growing of the crop with less pesticides, less fertilizers and less water have showed yields of 20-30 times more than traditional ones under trials on farmers’ fields. Read …