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The rise of Africa’s super vegetables

June 12th, 2015 / Nature, UK

Indigenous vegetables are in vogue. They fill shelves at large supermarkets even in Nairobi, and seed companies are breeding more of the traditional varieties every year. Kenyan farmers increased the area planted with such greens by 25% between 2011 and 2013. Demand has boomed – welcome news for agricultural researchers and nutritional …

Africa deepens FAO ties to increase food security

June 10th, 2015 / FAO, Rome

The African Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and FAO are deepening their ties to bolster national capacities to cope with climate change, enhance food security and support sustainable food production. Projects to harness private-sector support in building efficient and inclusive agricultural value chains and helping smallholder farmers …

Kenya: With GMOs, we can easily feed ourselves

June 8th, 2015 / The Daily Nation, Kenya

As Africa falls behind the rest of the world on agricultural technology, Kenya is falling behind the rest of Africa, a group of scientists in Nairobi has warned. “Other East African countries are proceeding at full speed to commercialise a number of genetically modified crops while Kenya’s progress has …

Journalism is critical to farming innovation

June 4th, 2015 / SciDev.net, UK

Developing nations are full of potential agricultural leaders – smallholder farmers willing to try different approaches to improve their farms. Many, however, face social, economic and logistical barriers that make it difficult to access improved seed, agricultural tools and information technologies. Here, improvements in communication and information sharing can play …

Calestous Juma: GM is an important tool

June 4th, 2015 / BBC, UK

Calestous Juma, who directs the Harvard-based Agricultural Innovation in Africa project, says “In 30 years we’ll have a population of nine billion people to feed and that will increase demand for the quantity and diversity of the food that we need – that’s why we have to consider GM as …

Biotech crops benefiting small farmers the most

May 31st, 2015 / Farm Futures, US

Farmers in developing countries have the most to gain from using GMO crops, according to an annual report from PG Economics which documents gains in yield and producer income, as well as reductions in pesticide use and greenhouse gas emissions, due to adoption of GMO crops globally. Read …

A time for Africa – smallholder farmers will be key

May 30th, 2015 / Zimbabwe Independent

Smallholder farmers will be key to African efforts not only to feed itself, but also to become a major food supplier for the rest of the world. Africa’s agricultural potential is clear. Productivity can also be boosted through the use better farming methods, fertiliser and irrigation. Read …

Rediscovering indigenous vegetables

May 28th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru reports: African traditional vegetables were a big part of people’s diet and culture until modern vegetables like cabbage and carrots were introduced. In the past few years, however, traditional vegetables have slowly been regaining popularity. Read …

Zambia encouraged to commercialize traditional foods like cassava and millet

May 19th, 2015 / Times of Zambia

The Zambian government has called for commercialisation of traditional food in the country to cope with the current demand on the local and international markets. Agriculture and Livestock Deputy Minister Greyford Monde said there was need to promote traditional products. Read …

Uganda: App cuts time and cost of connecting farmers

May 19th, 2015 / Farmbiz Africa

A Ugandan developer is spearheading the adoption of technology in agribusiness with the development of an app that can be accessed and used while offline to ease communication between producers and other market players thus ideal for most rural areas without power or internet connection. Read …