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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 …

Researchers discuss ways to boost agricultural extension

July 12th, 2016 / Graphic Online, Ghana

Researchers, academics and policy makers from West Africa have met in Accra to discuss ways to boost agricultural extension programmes in the sub-region. The meeting provided a platform for the participants to assess the role stakeholders play, as well as re-draw plans regarding ownership and sustainability of funds from the …

Seed scheme offers kernel of hope for Central African Republic

July 11th, 2016 / The Guardian, UK

Three years of conflict have severely affected food production in Central African Republic, leaving 2.5 million people – more than half the population – in need of aid. Recognising that about 80% of the country’s people rely on agriculture, the World Food Programme and the Food and Agriculture Organisation are …

Mobile phones help build climate resilience for Senegal’s farming communities

July 11th, 2016 / Deutsche Welle

Famers in Senegal have long used traditional techniques to predict rainfall. But with climate change, new methods are needed. Climatic information sent by text message is now helping to boost yields. Read …

African hunger policy silent on climate risks

June 30th, 2016 / SciDev.net

A deal aimed to double agricultural production and end hunger in Africa has underestimated the impact climate change will have on the continent’s food production, a report has found. The African Union’s Malabo Declaration, adopted in 2014, fails to push for investments in Africa’s scientific capacity to combat climate threats, …

Growing hybrid banana revived my business

June 30th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

I have been a farmer for 25 years and it is from this that I have gained experience to diversify to other farming enterprises. But when I realised that I could not continue with the local banana varieties, I resorted to the hybrid one—M9, which is resistant to pests, diseases …

Africa needs heroes – with ideas and vision

June 24th, 2016 / AllAfrica.com

For most people, the notion of a hero conjures up images of brave individuals risking their lives for others, or “superheroes” from comic books or films, armed with supernatural powers. But what Africa needs, each and every day, are heroes of a different sort – “action heroes” with ideas and …

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 …