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Insect threats to food security

September 3rd, 2018 / Science, US

Globally, one out of nine people suffers from chronic hunger, and undernourishment is growing. Global average surface temperatures are also rising and are projected to increase by 2° to 5°C this century, with negative impacts on agricultural production. Even today, despite substantial plant protection efforts, about one-third of crops are …

Nigeria at verge of agricultural revolution in Africa – Ghanaian lawmaker

August 31st, 2018 / The Vanguard, Nigeria

Addressing members of the Rice Assured Advocacy Forum (RAAF) in Abuja on Wednesday, Abraham Odoom, Ghanaian MP based his assessment on the gains recorded by the country in its rice value chain.
He spoke at the Second National Congress, Policy Dialogue and Inauguration of the Board of Trustees of the RAAF, …

Cowpea: A food and animal feed crop

August 31st, 2018 / Open Access Government

“Cowpea is a food and animal feed crop grown in the semi-arid tropics particularly the savannahs of West Africa but also other parts of Africa, Asia and the Americas. It originated in Southern Africa and the cultivated form was domesticated in West Africa.
“While it is a very important crop in …

Unleashing the power of women farmers in Africa, and beyond

August 31st, 2018 / TRT World

Kenya has set a small, but great, example of how governments on the African continent can empower women to realise the immense potential of agriculture on the continent.
The government of Kenya recently launched an affirmative action policy to preferentially award 30 percent of government ministry tenders to women-owned businesses in …

Are genetically modified organisms (GMOs) a blessing or a curse?

August 30th, 2018 / Life Science Leader, US

Back in March of this year, a reader of Life Science Leader magazine submitted the above question for our popular monthly Ask The Board column. Started in our February 2011 issue, the column enables readers to submit questions, which are then posed to a member of Life Science Leader’s editorial …

Scientists isolate first major resistance genes against wheat stripe rust disease

August 30th, 2018 / ISAAA

An international team of researchers from the University of Sydney, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), John Innes Centre, Limagrain UK, and the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB) has isolated the first major resistance genes against stripe rust, a disease devastating wheat crops worldwide.
The scientists cloned three related …

Rice genes could be key to stemming nitrogen pollution

August 28th, 2018 / Scientific American

Rice, wheat and other grains that have been bred to produce larger harvests using less land have been critical to feeding Earth’s population in the past 50 years. But these crops come with a significant cost: Their thirst for the chemical nutrients in fertilizer contributes to pollution that threatens air, …

Small-scale horticulture project transforming lives in Kenya

August 28th, 2018 / AllAfrica

Kenya has one of the most dynamic and innovative economies in sub-Saharan Africa. A decade after going through a food crisis and in the aftermath of the drought in 2016-2017, the country aims to achieve self-sufficiency in food products such as maize, tomato, cabbage, rice, beans, milk and meat. This …

Is Africa’s quest to attract 30% of the youth to agriculture achievable?

August 23rd, 2018 / AllAfrica.com

Agribusiness is the way forward to attract the youth and to make agriculture profitable because one goes through all the value chain.
In 2014, African Heads of State committed to create job opportunities for 30 per cent of the continent’s youth through agriculture by 2025 under what is called the Malabo …

AGRA’s Agnes Kalibata talks on transforming Africa’s agriculture

August 23rd, 2018 / CNBC Africa

Video: African economies have embarked on agriculture transformation strategies to significantly increase farm productivity and promote value addition to food. Joining CNBC Africa to touch base with agricultural development on the continent is former Minister of Agriculture for Rwanda and current President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in …