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Achieving universal food security is within our grasp

May 30th, 2015 / msnbc.com

When it comes to reducing the number of people who can’t afford food, the world has come a long way. In 2012-14, an estimated 795 million people were chronically undernourished, down more than 100 million over the last decade, and 209 million fewer than in 1990-92. Read …

Climate change hitting African farmers hardest

May 18th, 2015 / SBS, Australia

Climate change is affecting all regions of the globe, with some places, such as Africa, more vulnerable its devastating effects than others due to their very high dependency on agriculture. But mitigation efforts could really help alleviate the impacts. Read …

Can Seed Technology Bring Africa Food Security By 2030?

May 5th, 2015 / AFK Insider

Africa’s seed industry is complex and can be inefficient, with most farmers using the same seeds they have been planting for generations, unlike farmers in the West who use seeds that have been improved to resist drought or disease. Read …

Uganda government boost coffee production with free seeds

May 5th, 2015 / Farmbiz Africa

Ugandan government has embarked on an ambitious project to distribute 300 million coffee free in a move aimed at doubling the current coffee production to over 7 million bags annually. The initiative which is part of the government renewed effort in revolutionarizing agriculture through the programme dubbed Operation Wealth …

Farmers turn wild sunflowers into low cost fertilizer

May 5th, 2015 / Farmbiz Africa

A group of farmers in Gatanga have found a way to produce local fertilizer that is delivering a much cheaper and more effective alternative to synthetic fertliser and a new business opportunity at grassroots level. The liquid fertiliser is made from a plant that grows wild in rural areas of …

What do we really know about glyphosate?

May 5th, 2015 / National Geographic, US

Seeds have been genetically engineered to tolerate glyphhosate so farmers can apply it to entire fields without destroying crops. As a result, its use has skyrocketed but some experts say research is needed exploring what happens to it in the environment and how much people are exposed. Read …

The future of food: growing more with the same land

May 4th, 2015 / The Conversation, UK

There are three main reasons why the productivity of existing farmland will need to dramatically increase in the next 40 years.
The world’s population is unlikely to stabilise this century and is on course to reach up to 12 billion by 2100. That’s double the existing population and a lot of …

How African entrepreneurs can build knowledge economies

May 4th, 2015 / SciDevNet, UK

The growth of mobile technologies and internet access is now the backbone of any knowledge economy — we must learn that the more information we share, the more people will benefit. Read …

Five priorities for the UN Sustainable Development Goals

May 4th, 2015 / Nature, UK

This week, the United Nations is deliberating in New York how to implement the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that it will launch formally in September. Science must be at the heart of its plans. Read …

African Union banks on ST&I to fast-track development

May 2nd, 2015 / SciDevNet, UK

Africa is determined to integrate science and technology into efforts to fast-track the continent’s development, says African Union (AU) chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Read …