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Working to allay farmers’ fears of improved seeds

September 30th, 2015 / Daily News, Tanzania

The agriculture sector, while being crippled by poor output brought about by the use of low quality inputs, farmers would rather still stick to traditional seeds than attempt laboratory improved varieties. See …

CBSV poses challenge as varieties succumb

September 30th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru reports: Across Africa, cassava is vulnerable to a broad range of diseases as well as less known viral strains across tropical cassava-growing regions. In Uganda, the most common are Cassava Brown Streak Virus (CBSV), which leads to root rot, and Cassava Mosaic Virus (CMV), which …

WFP to help Uganda tackle post-harvest losses

September 28th, 2015 / The Observer, Uganda

World Food Programme (WFP), the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Uganda to tackle post-harvest handling losses and widen the market for the farmers’ produce. The MoU is intended to support government in finding solutions to strengthen agriculture, which has been …

Kenya: New drought-tolerant maize

September 25th, 2015 / African Farming, UK

The African Agriculture Technology Foundation (AATF), in collaboration with Crop Africa Seeds, has developed a drought tolerant maize variety for Kenyan farmers. The maize variety has been named WE1101. It is said to be able to cope with drought conditions and still produce yields comparable with other commercial varieties. …

Tanzanian fertilizer industry to transform agriculture

September 23rd, 2015 / Tanzania Daily News

There are all reasons for smallholder farmers to increase productivity following the introduction of the world-class player in the fertilizer industry – Yara International. The Yara fertilizer Terminal that was launched by President Jakaya Kikwete, last week, has the capacity to hold 120,000 tonnes annually, enough to supply the …

Soil quality is an important factor in farming

September 23rd, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali reports: Over last few years, land has become quite expensive and it is set to get even more expensive as our population grows. Rapid population growth and land shortage can have a limiting effect on farming in a country like Uganda where over 80 per …

Seed selection tool for Kenyan farmers goes live

September 23rd, 2015 / Farmbizafrica.com

Informed by the need to guide farmers on proper seed choice, the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) in partnership with the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) have developed an online application, MbeguChoice, which already boasts a database of over 200 commercialized crop varieties, including 61 varieties …

Ghana: Educating farmers on the misuse of chemical fertiliser

September 22nd, 2015 / Viasat 1 News, Ghana

B4FA Fellow Noah Nash reports: Akdi Christopher has advocated educating farmers on the potential dangers in the misuse of chemical fertilizer on crops and the soil. According to him, if not managed properly, chemical fertilizer can lead to crop distraction, negative growth effects, and high pollution levels in water …

Farmers’ lobby aims to boost East African Community potato yields

September 21st, 2015 / The Standard, Kenya

Lack of improved seeds, use of obsolete technology, lack of access to credit, effects of climate change and cartel-like behaviour are some of the factors that have been blamed for the East African Community’s (EAC) low production of potatoes. Last week during the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme’s (CAADP) …

Bringing African universities to farmers

September 21st, 2015 / Scidev.net/youtube.com

This video focuses on the work of researchers from Makerere University, Uganda, in Rakai district, an area of the country whose farmers are particularly prone to climate change-induced water vulnerability. As part of the WATERCAP project, they have helped transform local people’s lives. Through the introduction of low-tech innovations, …