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Seed shortage: a hidden crisis limiting Uganda’s prosperity

April 11th, 2017 / The Sunrise, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Henry Lutaaya reports:
The ongoing rains in most parts of the country will likely go without being optimally used because farmers are unable to access sufficient quantities of quality seeds for the important staple foods like maize, beans, bananas, cassava and sweet potatoes.
The latest blow comes from the government’s …

Make silage from sweet potato vines

November 30th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow, Michael Ssali writes: Uganda is the most important producer of sweet potatoes in Africa and only second to China globally. However the value of sweet potato vines as feed for animals is little understood by farmers.
Sweet potato is the third major food crop after cassava and bananas. While …

2016 World Food Prize goes to scientists who developed biofortified sweet potato

June 30th, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

A handful of scientists, including Maria Andrade of Mozambique and Robert Mwanga of Uganda, have spent the last 15 years convincing Africans to swap white sweet potatoes for . . . orange sweet potatoes. . . .Those scientists are receiving the world’s most prestigious prize for agricultural research, the World …

Scientist discovers drought tolerance-enhancing fungi in yam

April 6th, 2016 / This Day, Nigeria

A soil scientist, Nkiruka Odoh, has discovered the use of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus (AMF), a natural-occurring soil organism to enhance drought tolerance of yams in the face of climate change. Read …

VIDEO: Consumers of Potato urged to consume of more of Orange flesh Sweet potato

March 4th, 2016 / Youtube

VIDEO from B4FA Fellow, Noah Nash: Consumers of sweet potato are been encourage to consume more of the orange flesh sweet potato as it contains beta carotene a precursor of vitamin A which helps to boost the immune system. Read …

Why the whitefly is bringing global scientists to Tanzania

February 22nd, 2016 / IPPmedia.com

Scientists and researchers have expressed their concern about the recent upsurge in the number of whiteflies; the tiny, sap-sucking insects that destroy important crops and vegetables such as beans, cassava and sweet potato. The whitefly spreads diseases to important crops very swiftly, a situation which, if not urgently controlled, efforts …

New crop varieties for Nigerian farmers

February 15th, 2016 / All Africa.com

The Federal Government has approved the release of 17 new high yield crop varieties to Nigerian farmers to enhance food production according to the National Varieties Release Committee (NVRC). NVRC chairman, Oladosu Awoyemi said at the 23rd meeting of the NVRC at Ibadan only 17 of the 24 crop …

Orange-flesh sweet potato solution to Vitamin A deficiency

December 22nd, 2015 / AllAfrica.com

A number of African countries have launched campaigns to increase consumption of orange-flesh sweet potatoes in order to combat malnutrition.Vitamin A deficiency is a leading cause of preventable childhood blindness and mortality from infections, especially in children and pregnant women. It affects the poorest segments of the population, particularly those …

New crop products offer hope against disease and drought

November 20th, 2015 / The Sunrise, Uganda

The National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) has released new food crop products for Cassava, Maize, Sweet Potato and Wheat which offer hope in addressing prevailing disease and drought stresses. Among the new releases are two new Cassava lines NAROCASS1 and NAROCASS2 which the research organisation says are high-yielding, aromatic, …

Uganda scientists, US university to breed improved sweet potato

October 14th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, by B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru

Sweet potato, the third most important food crop in East Africa, is threatened by pests and diseases, which are causing low yields. Agricultural scientists and the National Crop Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI) in Namulonge, Uganda, are teaming up with development partners to breed improved varieties of sweet potatoes resistant to …